2 Step Guide To Preparing Your Textured Plaster Walls For Repairs

If you have small holes or gouges in your textured plaster walls, you may decide you want to try to repair them. However, you may not know how to begin preparing for the task. If so, make your job a little easier by using the following two-step guide to prepare both the hole and the surrounding wall surface.

Step 1:  Remove Any Loose Plaster From Within And Around The Holes

The first step in prepping your walls for repairs involves removing any loose plaster from inside the holes, as well as the outer lip of them. Removing any old, crumbling plaster ensures you have a more stable surface onto which to place the drywall mud. If any pieces remain while applying the mud, they could break off and crack the finished patch.

Use your fingers to remove any large pieces that are easily removed with slight pressure. Once these have been removed, search for plaster pieces that are loose when you touch them but cannot be pried off with your fingers. For these pieces, use a pair of needlenose pliers to gently twist and pull them off. 

If any of the pieces on the outer lip are held in place by paint or wallpaper, use a utility knife to carefully cut it away. Then, use your fingers or needlenose pliers to remove them.

Once all of the loose pieces have been removed from the holes, proceed to the second step.

Step 2: Smooth The Area With Sandpaper

After there is no longer any loose plaster in or around the hole, the next step is to smooth the surface using sandpaper. This gives you a slightly roughened surface onto which to place your drywall webbing and mud. You will need 500-grit sandpaper and a dry, clean cloth.

Fold the sheet of sandpaper in half, then into quarters. Place the sandpaper against your fingers, and apply gentle pressure to the wall to sand back and forth. Do not apply too much pressure, as this could cut into the paint or wallpaper down to the bare walls.

Once the wall has been sanded, lightly sand inside the hole. If the space is small, wrap the sandpaper around your index and middle fingers. If the grit begins to wear down, replace the sheet with a new one.

The above guide can help you prepare for filling in small damaged areas in your walls. However, if you have large holes or the damage is more extensive that you originally thought, you may want to contact a contractor who specializes in plaster repair so you can discuss your options.

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