Exterior Wall Finish Offers Curb Appeal, Design Versatility and Cost Savings for School

Helen Stacey Middle School

Helen Stacey Middle School in Huntington Beach, Calif., has added a new building in the back of its campus. The school needed an attractive weather-resistant wall finish and Gary Schenk of Great Western Building Materials was called in to help. Schenk knew immediately that Stolit Milano, a brand new finish from Sto Corp., would have the curb appeal, design versatility and cost savings that Helen Stacey Middle School would want. He created a mockup of the new finish to show the architect, it was approved and the project began.

“The building has stucco cladding and they wanted a finish that could be ultra-smooth,” says Schenk. “Not only does Stolit Milano provide the look they want, but it’s also low maintenance because of its moisture resistance and vapor permeability.”

Helen Stacey Middle School needed an attractive weather-resistant wall finish and Gary Schenk of Great Western Building Materials was called in to help. Schenk knew immediately that Stolit Milano, a brand new finish from Sto Corp., would have the curb appeal, design versatility and cost savings that Helen Stacey Middle School would want.

Helen Stacey Middle School needed an attractive weather-resistant wall finish and Gary Schenk of Great Western Building Materials was called in to help. Schenk knew immediately that Stolit Milano, a brand new finish from Sto Corp., would have the curb appeal, design versatility and cost savings that the school would want.


According to Schenk, Stolit Milano is so much easier and more user-friendly than many of the finishes available. “Everyone who sees and uses Stolit Milano says it’s the best finish they’ve ever seen. Stolit Milano is a trowel-applied finish, which can be used for both interior and exterior wall surfaces.”

Stolit Milano is Sto Corp.’s latest finish in the market and the 100 percent acrylic formulation can be sanded down to be an ultra-smooth finish. This versatile finish can be applied in a simple two or three-coat process to achieve multiple decorative looks from a fine texture to the industrial feel of ultra-smooth metal panels.

Color was important for this project, and a certain color was designated for the new building. The integral color of Stolit Milano finish guarantees a longer-lasting and more uniform look of the surface, which was important to the middle school.

The general contractor had never worked with Sto products before, according to Natalie Puga, project manager for Summit DCK. “The project went very well and the product looks great,” says Puga. “It’s a beautiful finish and we are very satisfied with the outcome. The sales rep was extremely helpful and we would use Stolit Milano again.”

Mike Delgado, plastering superintendent of Platinum Construction, worked on the project applying Stolit Milano to the new addition, covering approximately 2,200 yards. “Stolit Milano is a great product,” says Delgado. “If I could, I would only use Sto products. There is something in Sto products that others don’t have. Sto’s products are easy to work with and have a great coverage rate.”

Seventy-two pails of Stolit Milano were used and the finish gives significantly better coverage, according to Schenk compared to standard textured acrylic finishes. Stolit Milano yields 25 percent more coverage than any other fine finish.

According to Delgado, just down the street from Helen Stacey Middle School is another school with a different finish and it has cracks everywhere.

Delgado was adventurous and tried out Stolit Milano in the interior of a bathroom, using a deep purple color, and says it looks great.

“Stolit Milano is a very versatile product,” says Schenk. “I have two projects where it’s being used right now, where one is making a Venetian plaster. Your imagination is your only limitation with Stolit Milano.”

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