Seller repaired stucco with shiny sealant and looks bad

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We bought a house back in Oct 2014.  There were a lot of cracks on the exterior stucco that the home inspector pointed out.  We made the seller fix it. They used a do it all type handy man company who filled them with a sealant. The problem is its still shiny 9 months later and looks like spiderwebs all over the house.  We have reached out to the company a few times with no response.  We are in getting it repainted but the painters say that the sealant will show threw the paint.  The painters are saying the only way to fix it is to re-skim stucco over the shiny stuff.  Which of course is going to up the $$$.  Do i have any grounds for making the handy man company pay the painters for the cost of their crappy repair?  Should i take legal action? I'm open to any suggestions. 

I appreciate all the help guys. 

Tanner

Depends.  Did you close on the house?  Yeah....thought so.  In other words you accepted it.  Get a copy of that transferable warranty?  Yeah Yeah...I know.

That's why i get a lower price and never have the seller repair things.  What is their motivation to get it done right?  Get it past closing....that's all that matters to the seller.

You can try to cover the repaired areas with an oil based primer that is tinted similar color to the paint and then do a couple coats.  Do everything you can with prep and paint before you give up. 

@Tanner M.

 - You are probably SOL on getting the previous owner to take care of it.  Inspectors always point out cracks and we rarely repair them because the issues you just mentioned.  We provide a credit to the seller and let them deal with it because it likely turns out cosmetically ugly.  It is probably a pretty easy fix for the painters though, what did they quote you?  

Originally posted by @Chris Simmons :

That's why i get a lower price and never have the seller repair things.  What is their motivation to get it done right?  Get it past closing....that's all that matters to the seller.

You can try to cover the repaired areas with an oil based primer that is tinted similar color to the paint and then do a couple coats.  Do everything you can with prep and paint before you give up. 

 THIS!!!

Re-doing the stucco is expensive, which is why your repair guy is telling you to do it (more money for him). What @Chris is telling you should work out fine.

Thanks for the reply guys.  Its a big house (3800 sq ft) so around $6200 to paint.  Got a few estimates and they were in the same range.  Found this company via angies list. Ill ask about the oil based cover up. 

And to top it off the home owners insurance company threatened to drop us because of the now obviously visible cracks that are sealed.  Needless to say we will be shopping to get rid of them when renewal comes up. 

Ill call back the other paint companies that quoted us to see what they say about it.  You might be right and the guy is trying to take me for more $$$. 

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