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Restoration of Plaster Walls

Posted by BobB on October 23rd, 2001 08:41 AM
In reply to restore plaster by tim dieter on October 22nd, 2001 11:12 PM [Go to top of thread]

Well Tim, as Ron pointed out this is not going to be easy, but I think it is worth it. If the drwall compound had not been painted over, you could soak it and putty knife it off. But if it has been painted, it's probably pretty waterproof. On a recent kitchen remodel, I removed ceramic tile from the walls and was left with a mastic the consistancy of concrete. Belt sander was useless, because you can't sand concrete wery easily. At a local home improvement store I found a carbide bladed scraper with a handle over the blade that you put pressure on as you pull. After mastic was scraped off we primed, and repaired all dings with skim coat topping compound. For me it was worth the effort to rescue the old hard surface plaster.
Good Luck

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