The outside if my house is Spanish stucco, painted over with what appears to be an oil-based paint. In certain areas the paint chipped off or looks loose (rain probably infiltrated) I live in NYC and it is winter time: is it better to remove the chipped paint and leave the stucco unpainted (bc the paint won't cure well when it is cold) or wait until spring to start the repairs? The damage is not great, there are a few areas and a few cracks. Thanks for the help!

  • Better in what sense? It doesn't do the house any good to scrape it now. Are you looking to make a temporary aesthetic improvement? – isherwood Dec 17 '15 at 22:02
  • I initially wanted to scrape any loose chips, fill the cracks and repaint but I was crazy busy and now it is too cold. I guess you suggest waiting for spring is the best solution. – tencijup Dec 17 '15 at 22:05
  • Probably. Be aware that it's generally inadvisable to paint stucco with an impermeable product. Stucco should be able to breathe. Do a little reading and consider pressure-washing (at least a few dry days in advance) to remove loose material. – isherwood Dec 17 '15 at 22:25

Widen the cracks to an inverted "V" shape and fill with a good quality latex caulk (do this on the next mild dry day). Water wont penetrate a sound stucco wall but the cracks may allow it to seep through. If the forecast calls for warm weather, 60 degrees or better, for 2 consecutive days than it is alright to do some painting. Wrap up early afternoon before it gets cold.

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