I actually have created a new tool for cutting plaster but need to replicate and build a plaster wall to test cutting in it. It will have a wood lathe backing. I was having a hard time finding what type of plaster to use since drywall is such a common alternative these days.
My goal is not to cut every plaster in the market, as long as I have the general use plaster which covers what most people have in plaster homes.
Thanks for all the help, I really appreciate it.
Originally Posted by MarkusAIC
Plastering an entire wall over what? Old plaster, new lath?
If a repair you can use durabond, joint compound, plaster of paris or straight plaster. Don't over think it, just repair the hole, use mesh tape.
If you are resurfacing an entire existing plaster wall, use a basecoat of structolite and then top with a thin coat of DB or plaster. This is not an easy project for someone who doesn't know how to use a broad knife or felt brush. Also forget what the bags say, if using structolite mix in 1/4 DB in quantity to get the structo to dry. Otherwise the structo will take a day or two to dry up.
Have you considered veneering with 1/4" drywall. This would typically be the best option for a diy.