As a result of a slammed door (the wind took it - honest!!) the plaster
and lime mortar render has come off all down the latch side of the door
I've taken off the architrave, chipped off all the loose stuff, soaked
the exposed blockwork in diluted PVA, nailed and screwed galvanised
expanded wire mesh into the gap and just put sand and cement render into
the holes and cut it back just below the original plaster level.
So far so good, it is all staying in place and the family have been
warned not to breathe within a 10 foot radius whilst it dries.
My question is: what is the best sort of plaster to skim the surface
with? Ideally I only want to buy a small amount and having no experience
with plastering at all, possibly need plenty of working time to get some
sort of decent finish on it.
Once the render has dried, should I use more pva on it to slow the
drying time of the plaster down or will this just make it hard for the
plaster to stick to the wall.
Recommendations and tips welcome.
I've got plenty of portland cement, would a cement & water mix be any