How to Finish Stone Veneer

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Do not paint over bare stone veneer.
Do not paint over bare stone veneer. (Image: structure, stone, wild stone image by Oleg Guryanov from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Stone veneer is a relatively inexpensive faux stone surface, consisting of painted concrete, meant to replicate the appearance of natural stone. If you want to paint your stone veneer, consider a few factors before you start. First, because stone veneer is ill-suited for paint adhesion, treat it with a base coat before application, or it will rapidly shed its new finish. In addition, you must use a particular type of paint, depending on the location of the veneer.

Things You'll Need

  • Pressure washer
  • Broom
  • Blue painter's tape
  • Heavy-duty fabric dropcloths
  • Latex primer
  • Roller frame
  • Nap roller cover
  • Roller extension pole
  • 2- to 4-inch latex paintbrush
  • Satin latex paint

Clean exterior stone veneer with a pressure washer. Dust the veneer with a broom if it is indoors.

Cover areas you do not want painted on and adjacent to the stone veneer with low-tack blue painter's tape.

Cover areas beneath the stone veneer with fabric dropcloths.

Coat the clean stone veneer with a latex primer, using a roller frame, nap roller cover and extension pole. Coat areas inaccessible to the roller with a paintbrush manufactured for applying water-based latex paints. Wait two hours for the primed stone veneer to dry.

Wash all painting tools with water.

Coat the primed stone veneer with a satin latex paint. Apply paint to the stone veneer just as you did the primer. Wait two hours for the painted stone veneer to dry. Add another coat if the primer shows through.

Tips & Warnings

  • For a glossier finish, coat the stone veneer with a semi-gloss or gloss latex paint.
  • Use an acrylic latex primer and paint to coat exterior stone veneer.
  • If you need to use a ladder to access higher areas of the stone veneer, read the warning labels on the side of the ladder before you climb it.
  • Don't paint over bare stone veneer, or the finish will fail.

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