False half timber to stucco transition colour?
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BenS



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:33 pm    Post subject: False half timber to stucco transition colour? Reply with quote

I am in the process of repainting the trim of my 1916 house, which has very textured stucco between false half timbers in the gables.

In priming, I have noticed that it is extremely tedious and difficult to cut in around where the stucco meets the trim, as the textured surface is uneven. Originally (I think, as the paint was in very poor condition), the stucco and trim were in a cream coloured oil paint, so no colour transition was necessary.

I want to paint them different colours and I intend on limewashing/whitewashing the stucco, whereas the trim will be acrylic paint over alkyd primer. So at least the coating material will be different.

Do I cut in and keep the edges of each piece of trim the same, do I make the colour change at the corner of the edge and face of the trim, or am I completely off and I have to make both trim and stucco the same colour with this house's architectural style?

Photos to follow with an edit by phone.



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 20, 2018 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's something to try out.

I would do this painting after a long dry-weather spell when the boards will be very dry and slightly smaller in width. This may give you a slight gap between the edge of the board and the stucco near the edge of the board.
I would paint the boards first, and not allow paint to glop up in the gap between the wood and the stucco--even using pieces of thin cardboard to get the wet paint glops out of the gap. If a little paint gets on the stucco, that may be OK. Let the paint on the wood dry.

Then use a piece of very thin metal (like an old Venetian blind slat) by tucking the slat into the gap between the painted wood and the stucco. The slat will protect the wood from paint when you are painting the stucco.

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BenS



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks John, such a simple idea of course I didn't think of it!

I'll try when it's dry next spring and report on how it went.
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