What Is Fog Coat?

According to the Stucco Manufacturer’s Association (the world’s leading authority on the care and maintenance of Stucco), Fog Coat is a cement-based finish that in simple terms is stucco without the sand. It can be made in just about any stucco color (except the very darkest colors), and allows for patching, blending, freshening up, and re-coloring stucco.

Fog coating is the process that applies color to the original stucco while maintaining the porosity of the stucco. Fog coating is applied with a pneumatic sprayer, not unlike what you would think of as a paint sprayer. The nozzles are a bit different but otherwise fog coating looks like you are painting. Fog coating will adhere and bond to the original stucco texture and give the same or similar texture as what previously existed.

Why Fog Coating?

One of the big mistakes homeowners make with stucco homes is to paint them. Stucco was meant to breath and painting seals the stucco surface and it can’t breath so moisture can build up and create some secondary conditions, the least of which could be staining. Stucco finished homes are very common in San Diego, and Southern California. Stucco can come in many textures and patterns from a stippled sand texture to a troweled knocked down look. And when the stucco need freshening or a new finish, the first thing a homeowner thinks of is that the house needs painting.

The primary purpose of fog coating is to achieve walls of uniform color. The stucco fog coating process also allows for re-coloring stucco in addition to freshening up the existing color. Fog coating can also be used to overlay stains caused by dirt washed from roofs, discoloration due to soil clinging to and staining the base of walls and to cover non-removable efflorescence on the surface of newly-applied or aged plaster. Fog coating can be applied to any stucco texture, whether it be sand float, Spanish, brocade, dash or other.

Fog Coat Versus Paint

Within two to three years following a paint application, paint may begin to peel and flake which leaves your building looking old and run down. On the other hand, fog coating becomes part of the underlying stucco so it never peels or flakes. As a result, your building retains that “new-stucco” look for years to come. Rather than shelling out money every few years to repaint your home, simply fog coat your home once and don’t worry about it for another 15 years.

The leading authorities in the stucco industry do not recommend painting stucco. It can trap moisture which causes mold that creates health issues for everyone living inside. Fog coating allows your stucco to breathe, thereby eliminating potentially deadly health hazards. Moreover, fog coating is made of the same material as stucco. It does not contain harmful vapors and is colored with natural earth pigments.

Advantages Of Fog Coating

Fog coat is a more permanent and durable option than painting as fog coat becomes part of the underlying stucco, which never flakes, peels, or requires sandblasting. It’s an easy, economical, long-lasting application that can be matched to virtually any stucco color. So when it’s time to rejuvenate your stucco, applying fog coat is the smart solution.

Fog Coating Applied By Experts

The stucco specialists from Nurse Stucco will make sure that the fog coat is applied correctly to achieve the colorization or stain coverage desired. The professionals at Nurse Stucco are true artists with years of experience through which they have developed their talent and our people are the very best. The pride we take in every task is evident from both the finished product and our satisfied customers.