Does exterior stucco paint breathe?

Questions & AnswersCategory: Painting Brick, Stucco and MasonryDoes exterior stucco paint breathe?
John asked 6 years ago

I have a 3+ year old house with some minor cracking in the stucco finish. I want to have the cracks repaired and then repaint/protect/waterproof, whatever is appropriate.

Have heard that you “can’t paint stucco” because some/all paints do not allow stucco to breathe. Is this true or do latex paints designed for stucco allow water vapor to escape? Home is located in coastal San Diego county. Thanks.

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