Seriously, painting stucco is hard work. I have painted many, many interior rooms, so I'm no stranger when it comes to picking up a paint brush and roller. Stucco absorbs paint like a sponge. You have to make sure you get into all those nooks and crannies, and that requires one thing: physical strength. Unless you use a sprayer. Which would have been waaaay easier and waaaaay less time consuming. Spraying is the way to go when painting stucco, but if you don't have access to a sprayer, painting by hand is still do-able, just more difficult.
After some trial and error, here are the tools that I found worked the best. You can get all these items at Lowe's I believe.
Purdy metal frame roller. I liked this one because the frame is strong. It lets you really lean into it to get your strength behind it as you roll, and it didn't bend or break. It's also really easy to clean.
Purdy 9" x 1 1/4" roller cover. Get the longest nap you can for stucco. It will start out nice and fluffy and will give you good paint coverage without too much strength. After awhile, the nap gets flattened down and you'll notice you have to work harder. This is a good time to change to a new cover. I used 4 total.
2" angled paint brush with short handle. I used this brush for all my cutting in around the roofline, the windows, and all the wood on the left side. A brush with a long handle would not have been as comfortable to hold, more heavy and wouldn't have fit into some tighter spots.
You will also need an empty 5 gallon bucket, metal bucket grid, and possibly an extension pole. I also used a 5 foot ladder, an extension ladder and a step ladder. I used Home Depot's Behr brand Exterior paint for masonry, stucco and brick. It worked great. It went on thick, and I was able to get by with one coat. The whole house took me exactly 15 gallons. The color I used was Amazon Stone.
Here's where we last left off, I had just started edging and gave a sneak peak.
And now it's done!