As a result of (re)moving various sockets and other fixings in
plasterboard walls I shall be repairing the resulting holes by means
of the often recommended method of cutting suitably sized pieces of
plasterboard and securing them in the holes from behind.
I will obviously need to do some filling, not only for any gaps
between the edges of the insert and the hole but also to bring the
level of the insert up to the surrounding skim coat. Can anyone
recommend a particular type of filler/plaster/whatever for doing this?
Ideally, a product recommendation such as Polycell XYZ would be ideal
as there appears to be a bewildering array of products out there, many
of which I'm sure are duplicates under different names or otherwise
equally suitable for the job but a personal recommendation of 'the
best' based on past experience would be very helpful.
I shall be painting the walls and so am hoping for a similar surface
finish to (painted) plaster so as not to show up afterwards. Also,
this is a one-off task so paying a premium for ready-mixed filler is
entirely acceptable if it aids in the likelihood of a successful job
first time around.
On Wed, 03 Nov 2010 13:26:23 -0700, Mathew Newton wrote:
Many fillers have a matt finish when dry which produces a different
texture to skim coat even when painted. To get a good match consider
doing the job in two stages; do the patching first, leaving the patched
areas below the finish level and follow up with standard skim coat
plaster to match the existing skim. Polyfilla works well but 'One coat'
plaster works just as well and is workable for much longer.
A good way to patch is to cut a piece of plasterboard to a loose fit. Cut
a piece of scrim (or gauze bandage) bigger all round than the cut piece
of plasterboard and coat liberally with a *sloppy* mix of filler. Place
the cut piece of plasterboard on the scrim and work the plasterboard/
scrim/filler into the hole making sure that it fits snugly. Spread the
overlap of the scrim around the hole to keep the patch in position.
Correctly done this produces a repair almost the same texture as the
original plasterboard. Spray the edges of the hole to be repaired
liberally with water before inserting the patch.
When the repairs have cured finish off with standard skim coat as
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Thanks everyone for the suggestions, and general tips for the repairs.
I note from the archives some anecdotal mention of filler sometimes
showing through emulsion hence some form of sealer is worthwhile.
Hence, my next and final question: what sealer would you recommend?
Purpose-designed 'primer sealer' or standard oil-based undercoat?
Either way, is it acceptable to just paint the affected areas (perhaps
feathering the edges) rather than covering the entire wall to achieve
a constistent surface to then paint over?
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