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04 March 2007 @ 06:15 pm
Painting tips!  

Greetings, all.

My husband and I purchased our very first home about 2 weeks ago.  It's a 3 story urban Victorian with a whole lot of fixing up to do.  We've already ripped the carpet out of one room and we're starting to get into some painting.  Of course, being an old home, it has a lot of blistery paint and cracked plaster.  

Any good plastering tips?  We're trying to figure out at what point you just paint over what's there or when do you have to strip the whole thing and re-plaster. The parts we've been stripping of paint are coming out awful, no matter how careful we are.  Sometimes, more plaster comes off with the paint and so everything is un-even.  It feels like we're just creating more work!

Anyway, I look forward to reading and posting in the community.  Here are a few pictures behind a cut..

elegantelbowelegantelbow on March 4th, 2007 11:49 pm (UTC)
Congratulations on your new home. It looks lovely. Try this article at doityourself.com

ladydragonflyii on March 11th, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)

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Congratulations on your new home!~we have lived in an old victorian
farm house & reapired a few nasty cracks-its just awful when you think you have
something nicely smoothened & another crevice decides to show itself.
the DIY web site has some great Info-
I would just add one or two handy notes..
**in corners (outside )where it suggests -tacking a piece of wood to the corner (from inside the hole)-It would be easier to do so-if you have something like a modern multipurpose adheasive that is quick drying-
put a dot on each end(of wood strip)then-slide it into the hole holding snuggly towards the plaster-till afixed (shouldn't take longer than about 3 to 5 min-then let it dry long enough to apply the palster compound
**We used the plastic window screening to help the plaster adhere to larger holes..
**it may take 2 or 3 applications to get the plaster to be level -with no cracking (on final sanding I dusted with a damp cloth)

Sometimes it is also a quicker safer fix to cut out the piece(area around hole) & put in a
square of drywall of same depth(for celing etc.)

Our top favorite adheasive?..
POWER GRIP -from Lepage
Grips & Holds /seals cracks
so it will fill gaps..
Comes in a tube with noozle like the silicon tubes etc.

ladydragonflyii on March 11th, 2007 09:47 pm (UTC)
p.s painting tip
...on rooms that had considerable moisture(the laundry room-I used a
interior alkylid paint that was suitable for stone or cement -I believe..
since much of the old plaster resembles cement mix.