Stucco Finishes? Anyone use acrylic Stucco?

akshars_momJune 20, 2013

We are planning to use stucco for the exterior of our house (very popular in California).
Our contractor was suggesting us to use the acrylic stucco.
Has any one used this? In general what is the best stucco option available? The two other option he gave us was the colored stucco (habra finish??) or a white stucco that is painted later to the color we want.

Of the three options what is best?

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Is cost a consideration? I know acrylic stucco cracks less often, but I thought it was much much more?

My contractor recommended regular stucco and then paint it. Not sure why, but it was one thing I just decided to go with instead of spending hours researching it! :)

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 6:14PM
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Thanks Laura. Cost is not a consideration as what ever type stucco we use would be the included in the contract price. He mentioned that he has had a issue with the colored stucco with the last house he built (where the color was not uniform ).
He said that is something he is working to get fixed with the stucco sub contractor but if we wanted to avoid this we could either use do regular stucco and than paint it like you are doing or use the acrylic stucco.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 6:40PM
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We have acrylic stucco and like it quite a bit. You can pretty much use any paint color as you can customize it to almost any color on a paint swatch deck. The darker colors also are supposed to not fade as quickly as regular stucco. We custom picked our colors for our house and get a lot of compliments on them.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 11:39PM
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And a close up of color and texture.

    Bookmark   June 24, 2013 at 11:59PM
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Thanks for sharing the pictures of your house Xc60. The stucco color you used suits your house very well. Glad you like the Acrylic stucco.

Does the stucco feel different if you touch it?

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 12:53PM
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Kathy Harrington

Another question about Acrylic stucco. Does using acrylic mean you don't have to paint again in the future? also, we will be using it for part of our house, but it is in a cold snowy climate. Does Acrylic Stucco only work in a certain climate?

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 7:24PM
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harringk, Interesting question, it never crossed my mind to ask about repainting in the future. Something I will surely check before we decide

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 11:21PM
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We used a product called Akrotique (not sure about spelling). It has a more natural, rubbed on, variation to my eye. We did use a thin 1.5" layer of external insulation, both for the R value and because our foreman told us it helps prevent cracking. No painting necessary. I personally like the look better but either finish is much more durable than wood.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2013 at 7:25AM
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Someone with screen-name "bercaw" sent me an email regarding an old GardenWeb post I had made regarding Akrotique and asked for pictures. Unfortunately, her email came to me with no way to respond and I couldn't find her profile here. Below is a photo.

We were VERY pleased with Akrotique. It was put on a smooth-finish, three-coat stucco ten years ago (new construction) and the ultimate color depends on the combination of color coat and Akrotique color. At the time, Akrotique didn't offer color charts showing what you could expect from various combinations of the two so we had our stucco guy put several combinations on the wall to see which we liked.

It was applied using hand spray bottles, sprayed on and rubbed off almost immediately. But it's important to rub it off quickly and to avoid spraying on walls in direct sun, where it will dry before being rubbed off. In two sections, we had to have the color-coat reapplied because it was done on sunny walls.

It provides an old-world finish, precisely what we were looking for on our Mediterranean-style home. And there's been absolutely no fading. We've had numerous neighbors inquire about it.

    Bookmark   July 22, 2013 at 2:28PM
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Montavlo - thank you for posting the photo, it's great to see something up close & hear your personal perspective. Your colour choice is gorgeous, especially with your dark trim windows.

    Bookmark   July 25, 2013 at 2:25PM
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Acrylic is a great choice, especially for CA residents. Acrylic stucco is essentially an exterior grade paint mixed with acrylic and crushed quartz. This is just to give you an idea of what it is like, the material itself.

It is rubber like and minimizes cracking a lot better than conventional stucco.

Lahabra is a stucco company that makes conventional stucco, that's who your particular contractor uses as a supplier, so he simply calls it a 'LaHabra Coat'.

It is white cement that has the sand added to it already and you achieve custom colors by adding 'color packs' to the white cement.

This finish uses different materials, so it will have different textures than the acrylic finish. It does crack easier, but not much.

Akrotique is a system of modeling the acrylic stucco's color. After the acrylic stucco is applied, a water based color or colors are added to the wall to give it a more 'modeled look'. I love this finish.

In the end, if price is not a factor, then I would go with acrylic. It is more durable, more customizable and shows less cracking (assuming the stucco was applied correctly).

It can be painted later on, just be sure that the paint is suited for acrylic like the stucco is. Really though, this stuff lasts a long time.....20 years or more before even considering painting it.

A re-coat would be better than painting it too and SHOULD only cost a little bit more.

Hope this clears up any questions you have.

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 11:02PM
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Thank you rcclark999 for taking the time to explain what each type of stucco is. I think this will help us choose the stucco.

    Bookmark   October 15, 2013 at 11:50PM
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Hi Montalvo! thank you for posting! I was also trying to find a way to contact you. We had brown stucco installed on our house and they did not know how to get the look like you have. I finally researched and found Akrotique. I was told by Omega, who makes Akrotique, that Akrotique must be applied over a light colored surface and our brown house is in trouble and would have to be reskimmed with a lighter color and then have Akrotique applied to it for an old brown western feel. Soooo... what base color did you use? Was it a creamy Acrylic base or was it white acrylic base?


    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 4:10PM
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