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Old 12-18-2009, 10:42 PM   #1
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Sanding plaster walls? With what?

I just started working on my new condo. Renters in China are not kind.

The walls are a mess: Two coats of paint over a bad plastering job. Numerous tape marks, paint drips, crayon, dead mosquitoes, etc. on top of the paint.

I was thinking of sanding the walls before priming, to even everything out. What is the best way to do this? A small sanding machine? I don't have the patience to do it all with a block and sandpaper.

Any tips, ideas, etc. are greatly appreciated.


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Old 12-19-2009, 08:41 AM   #2
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Sanding plaster walls? With what?

use a drywall sanding pole. But this is only to knock of the high points and some surface cleaning. To make a better finish you may need to skim coat, sand, prime, touch up the missed spots, prime and two coats of quality paint.


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Old 12-19-2009, 04:09 PM   #3
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Sanding plaster walls? With what?

You could use a powered drywall sander (Porter Cable makes one, for example) IF you could find somewhere that rents them over there. It's still just going to knock off the high stuff though, and the sandpaper (no matter what system you use) will "gum up" from the paint pretty quickly. You'll still need to use joint compound on the really bad areas as Bob stated....
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