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Old 01-02-2008, 01:28 PM   #1
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We have been restorting our historic home for the past three years. Up to now the plaster has been in good shape in all the rooms. I have prepped the room by removing all the chiped and cracking plaster. Additional previous repairs do not match the original texture. I have only worked with plaster once (not fun..) and would like to replaster the whole room. How do you get it to stay workable? Someone suggested using a mud gun? I have never used one before, can it matched an old pattern? Can plaster be used with a mud gun?

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Define historic 50 year old, 100 years old, 200 years old? What type of plaster are you using? is it a 2 coat or 3 coat? Can't think of seeing texture in any of hte historic homes I worked on, all over 200 years old. You can mix the plaster hot or cold to get different drying times and keeping a wet felt brush on it in the later stages allows you to work it longer and to a very smooth finish.

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It was built in 1936. I have not picked a plaster yet, as I was seeking additional advice on which would be better, ie better product? a longer working time? Ease of use? All my previous experience has been with sheet rock, which I am very comfortable with. Can plaster be textured like mud?
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I think I know the pattern you are looking for now, or something close. You can close using some of the speed set products that drywaller use, they come in differnt working times. Its not a true plaster but for patching it will work. If you are replacing the "whole" room use what ever you are comfortable working with. The drywall mud is not the same stuff and I never could get it to texture right. Hope that helped, Good Luck
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Thanks for the tips. Have been reconsidering using plaster given my inexperience with it. Hate to stray from the original concept but since I am weekend warrior have to keep thing within reason. Appreciate the advice...
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