How To Repair Plaster Walls

This article will tell how to repair all kinds of holes in plaster walls.

So, your kids are fighting and one of them lands a fist in the wall and now there is a big hole. Or, you are moving into your new house and a friend gouges the wall with the bedframe. All houses settle and cracks are the natural result. Cracks, holes and gouges in plaster walls are easily fixed. This article will tell how to fix all holes, from the small to the large.

Repairing cracks in a plaster wall: Smooth out the surface of the crack by scraping the edges of the opening. If it is a hairline crack you will need to widen it so that you will be able to put a more substantial amount of patching material into it. Widen it with the pointed end of a can opener. After the edges are all smooth use a putty knife to spread spackling compound along the length of the crack. If the wall is smooth, then smooth it out and sand it down after dry. If the wall is textured then texture it, blending it in as much as possible. Or purchase a texture spray that matches your current wall texture.

Paint the wall after it is dry.

Repairing holes in a plaster wall. Clean off the edges of the hole by scraping with the edge of a putty knife. Brush around the edges of the hole about 1/2 inch outward with



latex bonding liquid.

Mix the patching plaster very stiff so that it will stay in the hole when applied. Fill the hole and trowel the patching plaster out around the edges of the hole for a good bond.

If the hole is smaller than 1/4 inch deep, then one coat is sufficient. Larger deeper holes will need a second coat of plaster because of shrinkage and cracking; wait 24 hours and apply the latex bonding liquid between coats. Let the plaster dry.

Then sand and paint. Or if you have a textured wall use a textured paint spray that matches the surrounding wall.

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