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Patching plaster

 

Repairing plaster damage is usually more involved than fixing drywall problems. Small cracks and gouges in plaster can all be re paired with a thin coat of drywall joint compound. But deeper and wider cracks, and damage that breaks out large pieces of plaster, require a different approach. The damaged area first has to be cleaned so itís free of dust and plaster debris. Then the hole must be filled to just below the surrounding surface with patching plaster. Once this base coat is dry, the repair can be completed with a smooth coat of joint compound.

Step 1. Use patching plaster to fill most of the repair hole. Mix it according to the package directions, and spread it using a 6-in, taping knife. Once the plaster is almost dry, mark a crosshatch pattern in the surface to create better bonding for the joint compound. Before applying the joint compound, spray the surface with water.

 

Step 2. Finish the repair by covering the patching plaster with a coat of drywall joint compound. Use a 10- or 12-in.-wide taping knife to get the smoothest surface. Rest one corner of the blade on the wall, and pull the knife over the patch.

 

Step 3. Once the joint compound is dry, sand it flush to the surrounding surface using 100-grit sandpaper. Remove the sanding dust, and cover the patch with primer. When the primer is dry, cover the repair with paint. You may have to paint the whole wall to hide the patch.

 

 

 

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