Rhino Shield.. The Best Stucco Paint Coating

Facts About Stucco Homes

Stucco remains one of the many great exterior options for home exteriors. Stucco looks great, and it helps limit the home’s use of energy, keeping it cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It also has its disadvantages, which often leads to expensive repairs down the line.

Stucco House Problems

Stucco, by nature, isn’t good at repelling moisture. At some point, water will generally penetrate the stucco house problems including crackingmaterial, especially in rainy climates. When this happens, the Styrofoam layer breaks, allowing more moisture to enter into and under the covering.

Stucco may also crack in homes that suffer from constant shifting and settling due to soil movement. The material itself can be brittle and does not expand and contract well with either house settling or harsh weather.. sun, rain, snow, sleet, etc.  No one wants cracking and chipping siding on their home.  So a beautiful, stucco textured siding can turn unsightly.

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Stucco Repair Solutions – Why Rhino Shield?

If you have stucco exterior you can greatly benefit from coatings that can completely bond, seal and protect the stucco base.  Rhino Shield Exterior Ceramic Paint Coating does all this and more.

Rhino Shield is a coating system, in it’s design, as well as it’s application.  It’s a multi-level system of protection that seals, protects, insulates and offers a level of protection from algae and mold. 


Rhino Shield is the Best Exterior Paint Coating for Stucco because:

  1. Rhino Shield bonds to virtually any substrate, stucco included.
  2. Rhino Shield is an elastomeric coating, sealing and protecting the stucco against moisture.
  3. Ceramic Microspheres give Rhino Shield a tough, abrasion resistant coating and help protect from the sun long-term.
Rhino Shield isn’t just paint.  It’s a coating system.  It completely seals cracks, even the thinnest hairline ones with sizes of up to one ceramic microspheres for stuccosixteenth of an inch. Thanks to its composition of 80% solids and tightly packed ceramic microspheres, a Rhino Shield-coated stucco exterior is eight to ten times thicker than traditional paint.  This creates an insulating barrier that protects the material from deterioration and damage caused by the elements, and most importantly, protects against future cracking and peeling. Simply put, Rhino Shield is the best exterior paint for Stucco Homes.
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Our house needed a lot of work.  We hadn’t sealed the stucco in a long time which lead to cracking and the stucco separating from the wall on two sides of the house.  We love our home but had been putting off the maintenance for way too long.  We called Rhino Shield because we wanted a permanent solution and we couldn’t be happier.  They worked hard every day, and while I think it took longer than they had expected, they never cut corners and made our house as good as new.  We are so relieved to have the house fixed up, and so excited to never have to paint again.  If you have a stucco home you need to call Rhino Shield!

Yanni W, PA

Over the years, I have worked with many contractors, but never has one been so attentive to detail. Any questions or concerns were addressed immediately; and I was especially impressed by the daily progress call from the owner. The quality in workmanship far met my expectations; and, neighbors continue to compliment the property.  This was not just a paint job – it is an investment in my stucco home that I am most proud of. I highly recommend Rhino Shield and their professional crew. You will not be disappointed!

ZR, Scottsdale, AZ

Our house was not in great shape after many years of putting off the painting.  When we called Rhino Shield we were hoping for a miracle, and they delivered.  After repairing all the rotten wood, patching the stucco, and rebuilding the garage door they applied their super paint and it looks amazing.  It now looks like the house we always wanted it to be.


I came to Rhino Shield to paint my 20 year old stucco home.  I had been sealing it every 6-7 years but the staining on the surface from the water wasn’t fixed by sealing.  I just wanted a new look, but didn’t want to keep painting it all the time.  Rhino Shield did an amazing job.  They showed up on time, did an excellent job every day, and cleaned up when they were done.  When I stand back and look at the house, it looks brand new- absolutely perfect.  I did a lot of research on Rhino Shield and am confident it will look this good for as long as I’m around to enjoy it.



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logoThe Science Behind the Shield – Rhino Shield Testing Data 

The Rhino Shield application process has proven to protect your property against the harshest weather while improving the overall energy efficiency.  In this section, you can read more about proof that Rhino Shield Stucco Paint Coating is the best exterior paint coating for your stucco exterior, or virtually any exterior home. 

Ceramic Microspheres were invented in the early 1960s as an outgrowth from the manufacture of solid ceramic beads. Because the micro spheres are made from ceramics, they provide the additional benefits of high heat and chemical resistance. The central air pocket in the micro spheres provides an insulating barrier for your walls much like a thermos bottle does. This insulating, industrial maintenance-free coating is long lasting, offering superior mildew resistance, corrosion resistance, and ultra-violet ray reflectivity. Rhino Shield’s Ceramics incorporate different sized microspheres as fillers. Conventional paints utilize inexpensive mineral products as fillers that are irregular in shape and size. These irregularly-shaped fillers don’t pack nearly as well as a mix of small and large microspheres. (The smaller spheres pack more tightly into the spaces between the larger spheres.) The more densely the coating is packed with microspheres, the less permeable it is to stains and the thicker it is when dry.

Adding ceramic microspheres and high quality Titanium Dioxide to our top grade 100% acrylic elastomeric resins makes Rhino Shield reflect more light and heat, repel water better, and is more durable than any other coating on the market. Ongoing testing and constant improvements ensure that Rhino Shield will remain the absolute best exterior paint coating for your home. For a complete look at the science of Rhino Shield Ceramic Paint Coatings, please call today and speak to one of our experienced representatives.

Ceramic Paint Coating Testing Data

At Rhino Shield, designing and testing is an ongoing process. We are very proud of our testing results and believe the tests support our position as the ceramic coating leaders. Independent testing confirms our performance claims, and offers assurance to our customers that Rhino Shield will perform on their home. Please note that as independent companies, they do not endorse products; and perform tests without allegiance or bias.

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BASF Testing

BASF is one of the largest and most respected chemical companies in the world. They are recognized by the slogan “We don’t make a lot of the product you buy, we make a lot of the products you buy better”. BASF has performed several rounds of testing on Rhino Shield. As you can see, Rhino Shield excels at flexibility, tear resistance, tensile strength, and breath-ability, and viscosity. Additionally BASF perform an accelerated aging test. At the end of the test Rhino Shield showed no visible signs of aging and was still an elastomeric product.  Click here for details.

Salt Tolerance

Rhino Shield is the most salt tolerant coating on the market. This is vital in coastal areas. As the testing shows, we are in the top category of salt tolerance and even outperformed the industry standard, Rustoleum.  Click here for details.

3M Microspheres

The solid materials used in Rhino Shield, including ceramic spheres, offer lower thermo-conductivity than the fillers used in traditional paint (CaCo3).

Fire & Smoke Rating

Rhino Shield has a class A fire and smoke rating. In some areas of the country prone to wildfires, buildings with a class A fire rating may qualify for a discount on their homeowners insurance.  Click here for details.

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What are the pros and cons of Stucco Exterior?

Stucco is one of the most durable exterior sidings, and can last over 100 years if properly maintained. As a building material, it’s low maintenance and is less expensive than most sidings. Stucco homes stand up well to wind and debris, and offer resistance to both fire and insects. Lastly, stucco is highly customizable in application – it can be applied smooth, rough or patterned, in a wide variety of colors, and with decorative stones if desired.

Stucco is best suited for dry, warmer climates. Since moisture can transfer through stucco, it’s more prone to moisture damage in damp or humid climates and can cause fracture damage during freezing and thawing cycles in colder climates. Additionally, stucco is a fairly brittle material so it can develop tiny hairline cracks over time; however, these hairline cracks can be repaired with a layer of elastomeric paint.

Can I paint on Stucco Exterior?

Yes! Stucco siding can be updated with the application of elastomeric exterior paint. Stucco holds paint well, and with proper preparation and the right type of paint, painting your stucco home exterior can provide a ton of benefits. Rhino Shield elastomeric ceramic paint will completely bond, seal and protect the stucco base on your home.

How do I repair stucco cracks and holes?

It’s important to any cracks or holes in your stucco as soon as possible in order to seal it from water and prevent further damage or deterioration. Some minor cracks can be repaired at home, but it’s necessary to call a professional for larger cracks or holes to ensure your stucco exterior is properly restored. Large cracks in stucco allow moisture and water to penetrate your home’s exterior and pass freely through walls, causing irreversible damage.

To repair a crack in your stucco, you must first widen the crack to at least ¼” and break away any deteriorating concrete and brush away loose material. Fill the crack with a high-quality caulk stucco repair product, smooth or texture the patch to match the existing stucco, and finish it off with a coat of paint.

If your stucco has a lot of hairline cracks, it may be wiser to use an elastomeric paint coating to seal and bond the cracks rather than trying to fix each one by hand.

Should I put a primer on Stucco before painting it?

Stucco home exteriors require a primer before the top coat is applied. Rhino Shield’s primer is sprayed onto stucco to seal, waterproof, and provide a bonding agent for the finishing coat.  Our primer has a proprietary formula that includes fungicides, algaecides and mildewcides, thus reducing future mold and mildew problems that commonly occur with stucco homes.

What is the best exterior paint for stucco?

The best exterior paint for stucco siding is an elastomeric paint. Elastomeric acrylic resins provide a flexible but tough surface for your home’s exterior. This type of exterior paint is known for its strong bonding and elastic properties that can fill and repair hairline cracks and holes in the surface of stucco. Additionally, elastomeric paints are more water resistant than acrylic paints, which is an important protection factor for stucco homes in particular.

What are the benefits of stucco exterior homes?

Stucco provides a solid, durable, and seamless home exterior. Stucco is one of the cheapest building materials for home siding and can last over a century if properly maintained. It provides a natural resistance to fire and insects, and is one of the most low maintenance sidings available for homes. One of the best ongoing benefits of stucco is its ability to act as an insulator for the air inside your home, making it easy to maintain a constant temperature inside your house.

How long should stucco last before having to fix it?

If properly maintained, stucco has an expected lifespan of 60 to 80 years or more. Proper maintenance includes repainting and caulking every 7 to 10 years with traditional paint, with caulk touch ups around windows and doors between each painting, and yearly inspections for hairline cracks.

Rhino Shield ceramic exterior coating lasts for 25 years guaranteed, saving you time, cost, and labor on your stucco home.

What is the best way to paint stucco?

The best wait to paint a stucco home is with an elastomeric paint that will protect and strengthen your home. Rhino Shield-coated stucco exterior is eight to ten times thicker than traditional paint, and creates an insulating barrier that protects the material from deterioration and damage caused by the elements, and most importantly, protects against future cracking and peeling. Simply put, Rhino Shield is the best exterior paint for Stucco Homes.

What is involved in major stucco repair?

If stucco damage is deep or widespread enough, attempting a patch repair would only be putting a band-aid on the problem. Structural damage or weakening caused by moisture will require a more extensive form of remediation. In the event of widespread damage, the best course of action for long-term sustainability is to have the entire surface is stripped down and replaced. This is why protection and routine care for your stucco is so important!

What is the expected result of painting stucco, before and after?

Your stucco repair and painting contractor should fix all existing cracks and fill areas where stucco is damaged or peeling away before any painting begins. If cracks are not properly patched, filled, or repaired before painting, the cracks will show through the paint and cause a “road map” effect on the side of your home. A well patched wall will show no obvious signs of repair after painting.

In addition to repairs, your home’s exterior needs to be cleaned and freed of all debris, dirt, mildew, and stains before painting occurs. Anything left on the surface of stucco has the potential to alter the color or texture of the paint coatings. Stucco must be clean for paint to adhere properly.

After painting, your stucco home should have a nice uniform surface and a “freshly painted” clean look.

What to look for in a stucco repair contractor?

A great stucco repair contractor will be licensed and insured, with readily-available references and examples of recently repaired homes. They should have a good rating with the BBB, as well as good online reviews. An honest, reliable contractor will be ready to answer your questions about materials used, the process involved, overall cost, and a general timeline.