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Old 01-07-2009, 09:51 AM   #1
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Plasterboard cracks


I have plasterboard in my home and in some areas there is fine spider-web type cracking which paint does not hide.

Are there any suggestions on what I should do to hide these cracks? Do I just skim coat the walls or do I need to put some type of mesh down as well?

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I would just skim coat it. We run into a lot of the same with some of the older homes and a skim coat of joint compound, a coat of primer and then a coat of paint does the job.

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I would just skim coat it. We run into a lot of the same with some of the older homes and a skim coat of joint compound, a coat of primer and then a coat of paint does the job.
You don't have a problem with the cracks telegraphing through over time?
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If it's a problem with the drywall itself (or the joint compound), the proper way is to tape and mud, not just mud over the problem. It will come back eventually (maybe months later). Paper or mesh tape can be used. If you use mesh tape, use a setting type compound (powder mixed with water) for at least the first coat. You can use redimix for the subsequent coats.
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