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Removing ivy from stucco. (Ask Handyman).

Q I'm prepping my stucco house for painting. Last year I cut the vines back. Is there a fast way to remove the dried parts still clinging to the stucco?

D. Franz, via E-mail

A You're doing the right things in the right order. An experienced painter says it's easiest to pull the vines down and let the clinging pieces dry. Then remove the bulk of them with either a hand-held wire brush or a wire wheel mounted to a drill or angle grinder. Don't worry about removing the disks that bonded the vine to the stucco because the paint will cover them just fine. Even though the ivy and other climbing plants are attractive, I'd keep them off the painted stucco.

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Publication:The Family Handyman
Date:Jun 1, 2003
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