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Old 04-01-2013, 09:39 AM   #1
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i just bought a house in built in 1923, paint is peeling off like totally off the walls an ceiling in area's. when i sanded some of it down i noticed it was a shiny white under the paint. it looks like plastic. im not sure what it is or what im dealing with i just know paint has peeled all off the trim of the down stairs rooms. and some of the walls have holes in them i can repair using plaster and mudd with screen. just need to know what lath looks like. can anyone help me with that?

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Old 04-01-2013, 09:48 AM   #2
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Back Side. brown coat comes through slots to lock brown (first) coat in place. White coat goes over brown coat. Brown coat usually contained horse hair for binder.
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Back Side. brown coat comes through slots to lock brown (first) coat in place. White coat goes over brown coat. Brown coat usually contained horse hair for binder.


Notice the real 2"x 4" studs.
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Lath can be wood lath as shown above. It can be wire lath which is a wire mesh with diamond shaped openings or it can be rock lath which is 16" x 48" x 3/8" strips of gypsum material which look much like small sheets of drywall. In all cases there is one or two coats of brown base plaster followed by a white finish coat.
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And on a Victorian ceiling; no wonder tin ceilings became popular.
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I'm sure one of the "painters" on here will say no probulm just patch that one.

Please post a picture so we can see what your up againt.
Sounds like someone try painting with latex over old oil based and did not do the needed prep work.
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I'm sure one of the "painters" on here will say no probulm just patch that one.

Please post a picture so we can see what your up againt.
Sounds like someone try painting with latex over old oil based and did not do the needed prep work.

I don't see an PROBLEM with repairing that
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And if I suggested riping it all down and using sheetrock I'm sure you and the peanut gallery would just right in and agree with you.
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Well, Maintenance 6,

Back east we called plaster lath, lath. We called the diamond wire Masons Lath, and we called the gypsum board which you described Plaster Board. So many different methods were used that we had to be specific, otherwise you would make a lot of trips to the wrong supplier.
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Well, I'm as back east as you are or close at least and 'round here we call it what I called it. Yep. You'd better know what you are being sent for. Wood lath, wire lath or rock lath.
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And if I suggested riping it all down and using sheetrock I'm sure you and the peanut gallery would just right in and agree with you.
not me, i'm on your side, joe. get that crap out of there.
i have about 1/3 of my house left to do.
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i just bought a house in built in 1923, when i sanded some of it down
do you realize that you are sanding lead paint ?

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