01:26PM | 02/24/02
Member Since: 02/02/02
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I am filling in small cracks and also fixing some bad patch jobs in my plaster walls. Which grit sand paper should I use to finish the surface when dry? And also which kind of paper, mesh or just the good old regular paper?


03:21AM | 02/25/02
Member Since: 11/16/01
301 lifetime posts
Dear Dreams,
That depends on what media you are using to patch with. If you are using plain walboard compound, you either need to tape the crack or sub-fill it with painters caulk first. If you don't the crack will reappear shortly. On sanding, I use 80 grit regular paper to take down the high spots and 120 grit paper to finish. But, look at the finish on the wall and use 100 grit, test paint, and match the sandpaper to your wall texture. Using a paper too smooth will leave a shiny spot for all to see.


09:52AM | 02/26/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
You probably know this, but just in case: make sure you use something flat, like a sanding block when you sand the wall. If you just use your hand and a sheet of sandpaper, you'll never get the surface really flat and level.
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