Getting an EIFS patch to look right

EIFS Repair Tip Of The Day for 3-22-2011

Getting an EIFS patch to look right. How to repair EIFS

One of the keys to getting an EIFS patch to look right is to make sure the patch is feathered in correctly. The patch will stick out from the wall slightly more than the rest of the wall which may not seem like a big deal, but when the sun shines on it the patch will stick out like a sore thumb. The key to preventing this from happening is to use a paint brush to feather your brown mud out past the actual patched area a few inches in all directions. Then when the finish is run the same thing is done. The finish should be feathered a few inches into the existing finish then lightly hit with the float to knock down any high spots. It is important to get a real good texture and color match for best results.

The only other way to do an EIFS Patch in the middle of the wall and have it look alright is to tape off the area to be repaired in a square block. Do the repair and pull the tape after you run the finish coat. The repair will look nice and square like you planned it to look like that, but this technique will show an obvious patch.

Running the EIFS coast to coast (from stopping point to stopping point) can be very expensive on large walls so it is practical to do the EIFS repairs in many situations.

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3 Responses to Getting an EIFS patch to look right

  1. Wes Johnson says:

    We need to wash a lite cream colored EFIS system on a shopping center. What products should we use or avoid and are there any special proceeds for cleaning EFIS?

    Thank you for your help.

  2. John says:

    I need to complete an EIFS repair at our school. I am ready to purchase the repair kit but I also need to match the color of finish to my existing building. Do you add color to the finish you send or do I need to find a local color expert to add color for me? Please respond.

    Thank you,


    • Hello John,
      I know we already talked on the phone but I wanted to post here to let others know with the same question.
      In the first page of your instructions with the kit it explains how you can take a sample from the wall where you are going to do the patch and take it to your local paint store to have them match the color. Obviously, it is very hard to match an existing color on a house or building especially on the exterior with the sun fading over the years and all the harsh weather. So, it is not a bad idea to paint the entire wall the damage is on, but not necessary. Sometimes the match is pretty good and most people can live with that.
      If you have any questions call me at 1-888-407-2609

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