Quick question for the plastering gurus:
I've got some walls which I went at last weekend, pulling down anything
that was loose and crumbly. In some spots, this took me down to the
lath, but in large portions, the brown coat is still quite solid (and
well-affixed to the lath), and only the skimcoat came free. I'll be
filling in the big holes with structolite and then skim coating. But
I'm not sure what to do about the spots where there is still solid
I've seen some instructions to wet the lighty wet the old brown coat
and then skimcoat over it, but I'm wondering if putting plaster bonder
(PVA compound) over the browncoat would be better still. After all,
the last skimcoat didn't "take" very well.
Well, I'm no expert, but I'll give you my opinion.
In that situation, I would make sure that the remaining brown coat
surface is sound, no more loose bits to come off, and then put on a
coat of bonding agent, then do the skim coat. You may be able to get
away with just wetting the brown coat, but I think in the long run the
bonding agent will be better.
BTW, when I break out loose pieces of plaster all the way down to the
lath, I paint bonding agent onto the lath before doing the new brown
coat. I figure that way if I don't get the entire brown coat keyed
well, its a little extra insurance to help keep the brown coat bonded
to the lath. I'm just an amateur, so there is a distinct possibility
that I might not always get the brown coat keyed well.
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