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Old 10-10-2013, 06:41 PM   #1
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In this house the plaster is 105 years old and a friend of mine wants me to to puts skim coat over all of it to make it smooth for painting. My question is I have never put this much mud on an entire wall so not sure what a fair price to charge would be it's approximately 2800 sq ftof wall space to be mudded.

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The problem with that, is that if the plaster is not solid to the Lathe, you are just throwing money out the window. If you want to do it correct, you really need to make sure the Plaster coat is solid with the Lathe, before doing anything.

Most times, it is a total gut job, then putting in new plumbing, electrical, low voltage (coax, Cat-5e or Cat-6 for Ethernet or telephone), hvac duct work, then putting up Drywall, and having a company skim coat over with Plaster, to give it that old appearence of Plaster & Lathe.
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The plaster is very solid and in good condition no major cracking or anything. It just needs to be smoothed with mud so it has a smooth finish to it for painting he doesn't want texture
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The plaster is very solid and in good condition no major cracking or anything. It just needs to be smoothed with mud so it has a smooth finish to it for painting he doesn't want texture
It may appear to the eye that it is in good condition, but most times, at that age, it will actually be loose from the lathe. The best thing to do, is look for guys or gals, that deal with historical building restoration. Get a hold of your local historical society, and they should have contact information, for companies that do work on state or city historical structures, that they still want Plaster in, but also know what to look for, in these structures, and how to finish.

Finishing old Plaster & Lathe, is not something you can learn from the Internet. It is a art that is handed down, or you learn over time, how to do it properly, so that it does not look like an amateur did the job.
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Thanks for your replies but they aren't even answering the question I asked. I know the plaster is in good shape I was just asking about the mud issue on a fair price to pay.
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Fair price, is what the professional that does this stuff for a living will charge. Again, this is a lost art, that you need to let those who know how to do this stuff, and can do it right.

Not something the average homeowner would tackle, unless it is say a small patch job.
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"How much will it cost?" Asking for price estimates here.

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Pricing aside not knowing your experience mudding to attempt a whole house may be over your head. There are different tools ways to skim depending on how rough the texture is.
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in general you patch up the old plaster by V grooving the cracks and putting mesh tape over them before skimming the wall. a hawk and bull trowel will allow you to pull the most mud the fastest.
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in general you patch up the old plaster by V grooving the cracks and putting mesh tape over them before skimming the wall. a hawk and bull trowel will allow you to pull the most mud the fastest.
I surrender. "Fix with mesh tape then paint with all in one paint and primer."
I will repeat 100 no 1000 times.

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