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Old 01-17-2008, 02:36 PM   #1
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Repainting plaster walls


I am buying a house that was built in1909 and the walls are plaster. There are some small cracks, but the worst problem is that they are VERY dirty. A smoker lived in the house for many years. Can I just scrub them and then repaint?

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Old 01-17-2008, 04:19 PM   #2
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There are some specialty cleaners for doing just this job. Check with your local paint store (not big box but real paint store) for what they recommend and then you'll have to prime and then paint.

Good luck...you have a lot of work ahead of you but a turn of the century home.....so a diamond in the rough.

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Thanx... So, I need to prime them first. Just over the patched cracks or the whole thing?
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Old 01-17-2008, 06:46 PM   #4
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Oh the whole thing.......for sure. It's more work and certainly costs more money but you've just spent a lot of money on your home and want it to look it's best. I'm a follow the rules type of girl so I can't tell you I've seen what happens if you don't properly prep a job like this. Maybe one of the other painters will drop in and tell us.

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I can do the whole thing, just making sure I need to. I might end up replacing the plaster with drywall in the next year and don't want to spend too much if it's just getting replaced. We need ground the house yet.
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Permanent Repair of Plaster Cracks 101:
I had a friend of mine - a pro painter for more than 40 years who painted a lot of old homes - give me this tip about repairing cracks in plaster walls so that they stay repaired.
Cut 6"-8" wide strips of black vinyl plastic "screen wire" and mud it in over the cracks just like you would mud in standard drywall tape. Sand and finish it smooth.
Works like a charm.
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