Correct Paint for Stucco?
We have a 1915 Craftsman home which is in dire need of a paint touch up. In fact, our town has mandated on the TCO that certain parts of the house be re-painted (the columns) within a certain time period because the paint on them is peeling so badly.
We are not able to paint the entire house at this time because there are so many other things more urgent to bring it up to code and livable condition; rewiring, plumbing, new windows and the kitchen is being totally re-done for instance. We're not young, need to hire someone to do this however, we'd like to be able to get the columns looking nice and we can do this on our own.
The house is terracotta block with stucco over, and we're aware you can't use elastomeric paint on it. The columns seem to be made of metal with a stucco finish over. I've been told that typically stucco is not painted (or at least, not painted in some parts of the country?) but here in NJ, they certainly are. Ours is yellow, with brown trim.
Can we just use regular paint? Try and match up the color with one of the Benjamin Moore historic colors for instance or maybe go with another color for the columns - possibly white? And, what is the safest way to strip the old peeling paint? It sure is coming off rather easily at this point, that's for sure!
Thanks for any help you can give.
I'd post a photo but for the life of me can not find the darn instructions this early in the morning on the site :P