How to Repair a Hole in an Outside Stucco Wall


Stucco has been a popular exterior architectural material for generations. It is versatile, attractive, weather-resistant and fireproof. Traditionally, stucco application is made up of three coats: the scratch coat, the brown coat and the finish coat. Although stucco is known for its strength and durability, over time wind and water may cause damage. Holes should be repaired immediately. Repairing holes in exterior stucco is not a difficult job for the homeowner, but it does take time, practice and a few tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Safety goggles
  • Mason's chisel
  • Hammer
  • Wire lathe
  • Tin snips
  • Vacuum
  • Hose with nozzle
  • Premixed stucco
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Steel trowel
  • Scarifier or small rake
  • Small piece of wood board
  • Sponge
  • Masonry cement
  • Sand
  • Water
  • Dry pigments
  • Brush

Repairing a Hole

  • Chisel out crumbling stucco with a hammer and mason's chisel. Be sure to wear goggles for protection.

  • Snip out any damaged wire lathe base. Vacuum out any loose debris. Replace the old wire lathe with new wire lathe by positioning a piece into place and securing. Not all stucco facades will require this step.

  • Adhere the premixed stucco with a steel trowel, pressing the mix onto the base wall. This is referred to as the scratch coat. Let the scratch coat to sit for 30 minutes, then scratch the surface with the edge of the trowel to a depth of 1/8 inch.

  • Allow the scratch coat to set for 24 hours, spraying with a mister every four hours.

  • Adhere the second coat, referred to as a brown coat, with the trowel. Level the brown coat smooth with the straight edge of a small section of wood board, sliding the board back and forth and upward across the brown coat. Smooth the patch further with a sponge. Spray the patch with a mister every four hours for two days.

  • Mix together 2.5 parts masonry cement, 3.5 parts sand and the necessary amount of water in a wheelbarrow to make the final coat. Consistency should resemble that of a soft, creamy butter. Mix the final coat with dry pigments to match the color of the old stucco. Dampen the brown coat with a spray mister before brushing on the final coat to a thickness of 1/8 inch.

  • Use the edge of the trowel to match the texture and pattern of the new stucco with the old stucco.

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