How to Repair Plaster

April 20, 2009 at 8:53 am

Unless you know how to repair plaster properly, the act may seem quite daunting, especially when the crack that you have repaired resurfaces within a year. If you have been through a similar situation, follow the steps below to repair plaster that lasts:

To repair small holes in your plaster, apply some spackling compound using a putty knife and let the first coat dry. Apply another coat if you find that the initial coat has shrunk and caused a minor indentation. Next, employ a fine sandpaper to sand the area and touch it up using primer and paint.

Repair Plaster How to Repair Plaster

To repair loose plaster, remove the chunks that are loose and patch the holes thus created. Use screws, plaster washers, driver and a drill to reattach bigger sections of plaster that have the space of a few inches (almost 7 cm) between them. For loose areas that are bigger, you will need to set up the washers in concentric rings, beginning at the place where the plaster is attached tightly and working towards the innermost section. Afterwords, use a joint compound to cover the region. To strengthen the plaster along huge cracks, it is advisable to fix screws every 6 inches (almost 15 cm) on each side of the crack and at a distance of about 1 inch (2.5 cm) away from the crack. You can use a 1/8-inch (3-mm) masonry drill bit to bore pilot holes for this purpose. Once the job is done, make use of a joint compound to cover the region.

If you need to repair some damage in the plaster that are not small holes, you should use a setting-type joint mix like Durabond 90. To repair hairline cracks in your plaster, put a slender coat of the compound along the crack. To help the compound solidify, insert paper drywall-reinforcing tape in it right away. Make the surface smooth by using a Spackle knife. Next, fill areas and holes where the plaster is absent. So, repair your damaged plaster with ease using the steps listed here.

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