09:00AM | 03/09/04
Member Since: 03/08/04
1 lifetime posts
We live in an 1860 farmhouse with horsehair plaster walls. Our living room has many coats of textured paint which is now popping off down to the plaster. We know there is lead in the layers of paint. I would love to have stuccoed walls. Would it be best to skim coated exposed areas with joint compound and stucco over top or cover walls with thin drywall and then go from there. I just worry that the weight of stucco would further pull off the thick layer of paint. Thanks in advance


02:44PM | 03/09/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
My vote is to cover the walls with 1/4" drywall fastened firmly to the studs and then proceed to apply your finished texture coats.

OR, fasten a diamond lath metal mesh directly to the wall studs over the entire room then apply your stucco mix directly to the diamond lath.


02:22AM | 03/10/04
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
You are right in that the weight of the stucco will pull off the old coating.

I say go with the 1/4 drywall as this give you a good surface to work with and cover up the lead paint as well.


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