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  1. Surface Preparation and Application
    I would like to use latex paint to on old plaster walls in a 1800's house. Some of the walls had to be patched with new plaster where the old plaster was removed down to the lathe. There appears they have been coated with calcimine before being wallpapered. I searched the internet on which...
  2. Surface Preparation and Application
    Hi All, the ceiling of my midcentury ranch has two problems: 1. hairline cracks; and 2. what appears to be a delamination of the plaster/drywall hybrid material (my house dates to the early 50s when both plaster and drywall were layered together in wall and ceiling construction). Since...
  3. Decorative Finishes
    What do ya'll use most often for sample boards? If you do plaster work (lime plaster finishes) is there something from a big box store that works well? I've been buying my lime plaster (grassello, etc) boards through the rep for my plasters but it add's considerable cost....
  4. General Painting Discussion
    Hello Need a little help I've got like a bump-out on anew upstairs landing that needs work. It's a 45 degree wall that goes to the ceiling and its covered by painted wallpaper. Long ago some water damage caused the paper to pull away. I peeled it back until it wouldn't come with my fingers...
  5. Surface Preparation and Application
    What is the best way to fix small cracks in ceilings? If its a larger crack I usually tape and mud, but for smaller cracks, is it worth breaking the crack apart with a blade and then filling with plaster? Do I have to tape over it after plastering it? or is the plaster good enough to hold?
  6. Surface Preparation and Application
    Hi I'm looking for any advice on how to create a straight (as possible) line between a newly (slightly uneven) plastered ceiling and the wooden crown moldings. I've cleaned and sanded the wood to remove the excess plaster on all but the vertical section that meets the ceiling. Some parts have a...
  7. Surface Preparation and Application
    Hey all, I am new to this specific forum and am looking forward to what it has to offer! Now to my dilemma. I am painting a bathroom with plaster walls. The plastic is without a doubt very old and potentially containing lead (most likely). The paint is pealing off of the plaster, but more...
  8. Lead Paint Discussion
    I watch this "Reality" show about a landlord in Omaha, Nebraska. Of course it deals with all the crazy tenants. It airs on HD Net. This week there was a 17 year old pregnant girl and a plaster wall fell on her friends head. Over came a maintanance man. The girls began pulling down the plaster...
  9. General Painting Discussion
    Hi, I'm new to the forums and needed some advice regarding a slightly damaged wall. I have a horizontal towel hanger glued to the wall at two points, i.e. each end of the bar has a mount. In some random act of misfortune, I put too much pressure on on end of the bar and the right mount ripped...
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