When life cracks up, we fall for de-stress sessions and when the plaster on our walls cracks, we fall in the web of distress! Wall plasters, unlike the drywall, tend to chip, crack and fall, adding agony to a homeowner's woes. Flaking plaster can get you screaming for help and your attempts to fix one crack can lead to a never-ending struggle with your plasters. No matter how much you try and what you do, wall plasters are difficult to stop from cracking. Only timely intervention can stop the plaster from raking off your walls. While some cracks are merely eyesore and need no repair, others can cause irreparable damages to your wall. Look out for the tell-tale signs of chipping and then take preventive measures to stop the plaster from falling off. Remember, you cannot stop plaster from peeling off, but what you can do is fix them properly to maintain the aesthetic look of your house. Here are some simple quick fixes to your withered plaster. Read on to know ways on how to repair damaged plaster.
Ways For Repairing Damaged Plaster
If you are looking for a quick-fix to deal with small holes on your walls, following the instruction given here may help. To fix the small holes, you will need to get some spackle, which is a powder comprising of gypsum plaster and glue. Mix it with water to form a plastic paste. Once the plaster is ready, be quick to spread it evenly over the tiny holes in the wall, for it tends to dry up fast. Using a spatula; spread out the paste evenly over the holes, allowing it to dry for 12 hours. After drying, if you notice slight dents on the wall where you had applied the spackle, you need to apply a second coat to smoothen the surface. Once the spackle dries off completely, scrape the area mildly with an emery paper and the primer and paint it.
Big or small, holes are always a big challenge for homeowners. However, taking care of these big chasms is surprisingly simple and trouble-free. Before you begin with your repair work, remember to vacuum the edges of the holes to get rid of loose particles around it. Next step is to make a plaster patch that resembles the yawning hole on your wall. Take care to see that the patch fits the hole to the rim of the gap. Affix the patched plaster and evenly apply spackle to cover the area, giving a smooth appearance. Allow it to dry completely. Repeat another coat of spackle if necessary and then smoothen out the rough edges with sandpaper, followed by primer and paint.
No matter how much you plaster your walls, cracks will return with regularity, no matter how regularly you fill them. To deal with hairline cracks on your walls, you will need to seal the cracks with a smooth coat of spackling compound. Follow it up with a drywall-reinforcing tape or a fiberglass mesh tape that will absorb all pressure on the wall. Use a putty knife to even out the tape followed by two coats of spackling compound. Allow the first coat to dry well, before proceeding to the next. Also, each coat should cover a little more area than the previous one. Lastly, using an emery paper, even out the area and follow it by a primer and paint.
Large Cracks And Loosened Plaster
Plasters come with the biggest drawback of developing cracks overtime and falling off the walls. To deal with this kind of damages, you will first need to draw holes on your wall where there is a crack. You can use a masonry drill to bore holes. Dust off the loose scatter, using a vacuum and spray some liquid conditioner into the holes. Wipe away all the excess conditioner and fit a tube of a strong adhesive agent into a caulking gun. Place the nozzle of the gun in every hole and pull the trigger completely. Now, screw in the plaster rings in as many holes as possible to secure the plaster coat firmly to the wooden lath. Allow the glue to dry completely, before moving on to remove the plaster rings from the holes. Using an emery paper, smoothen out the surface and then treat it with two coats of spackling compound, leaving 12 hours gap between each coats. Even out with sandpaper, before you begin with your paint.
Knapped Plaster Corners
Plasters are mean to knap overtime. To deal with chipping plasters on the wall, you will need to dust off the loose particles from the wall, using a vacuum and then spray liquid conditioner on the fissures. Using a spatula, fill in the gap with spackling compound and then smoothen out the paste over the crack. When the paste dries a little, moisten your finger and work over the plaster to achieve that perfect evenness with your wall. Reapply the spackling compound if you notice dents or shrinks the next day. However, remember to scrape the area and dampen it before reapplying the second coat. Smooth out with sandpaper and color.