From time to time your solid plastering walls will take on some damage from the wear-and-tear of its life. But it’s better that your solid plastering takes the damage instead of the base material underneath that it’s protecting. If you incur some damage to the plastering, follow the steps below to get an idea of how to repair it in your own spare time.
Five Steps to Repair Solid Plastering Walls
1. Prepare the Wall for Repair
To fix a damaged wall with solid plastering you need to take extra precautions to make sure it’s done right. The first step is to prepare the wall for repair. Using a putty knife, carefully chip away any crumbling pieces of plaster from the edges of the damaged area until there is nothing but the solid plastering left. Be careful not to chip away too deeply, because if you damage the wall underneath it, it can either leave permanent damage or require you to call a professional to fix it.
2. Trim the Plastering Around the Damaged Area
Cut away a very small portion of the solid plastering around the damaged hole or crack. Even if the plaster seems fine, some of it needs to be cut away in order for the new plastering mixture to be applied and properly bond to the new material. If you don’t trim away a small portion of the area around the damaged area, then you risk the new mixture not sticking properly. This will result in needing to do the job again, costing you both time and money.
3. Apply the First Layer
Mix enough of the plastering together to fill the hole completely and set it aside. Using a sponge that has been gently soaked in water, you can moisten the inside and edges of the damaged area. You can then apply the new plastering to the damaged area so that it can be prepared for the next step. Wait at least half an hour before continuing.
4. Apply the Second Layer
Mix together a new, fresh batch of the solid plastering mixture. Again, moisten the damaged area with a sponge and a few inches around it. Carefully, using a taping knife, you can fill the area with the remaining amount so that it is even and level with the undamaged surface. Once it has been filled, let it sit for at least half an hour.
5. Finish the Repair
Once the damaged area has been filled with the mixture and let to sit, cover the area with a layer of joint cement or vinyl spackling compound (or whatever material your local renovation specialist recommends). Spread the material out about at least an inch from the damaged area. Do not be discouraged if the results aren’t up to your standards on the first try. It may take a few tries if you’ve never done a repair on your own!
If you would rather a repair job for solid plastering walls be done by professionals, give us a call at Render Makeovers and we will make sure that your damaged wall looks just as good as it did when it was first plastered!