04:24PM | 12/23/02
Member Since: 12/22/02
1 lifetime posts
Dear Sir:

I hope that you can help me with my plaster problem.

My 60 year old house was built by a plasterer. The walls are 1 skim coat, 2 brown coats, over plaster board. Total thickness is up to 1 inch. The kitchen and bathroom walls have been covered with 1950's yellow and pink plastic 4" tiles.

I have removed the kitchen tiles during a remodel(new cabinets, appliances, opening oak floor, and removing tiles). The tiles left patches of old adhesive ramdomly over the open wall. Some plaster surface was removed.

I used a non flammable adhesive remover to remove the adhesive. The plaster now shows deep tile pattern marks(up to 1/16 inch deep). The squares are 4" on a side on the top half of the room. The bottom half are 12" squares. The surface now feels smoother, but the open plaster requires a leveling or skim coat.

I tried plaster of paris. I applied in thin runny paper thin coat. It just turned to dust and brushed off the apparent painted surface.

Now that I have a reasonable smooth surface(not smooth enough yet) what can I do to put a smooth surface on the plaster and be able to paint the surface?

Thanks for any help you can provide


01:56AM | 12/30/02
Member Since: 07/28/02
1356 lifetime posts
You may want to try one the durabond setting type products, it comes in 5 minute up to 90 minute seting times. You will need to sand the walls very well before you put anything on them so as insure adhesion of the compound. Hope this helps.
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