How To Repair Plaster Shower Walls

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Refinishing and repainting your plaster shower walls and basin is not that difficult. If you have a plaster shower and/or basin, it is bound to pick up a few bumps and bruises over the years. Luckily, patching holes and refinishing plaster is not difficult if you have the right products. This article explains the best tools and techniques to patch plaster bath surfaces.

Plaster patch can be a little difficult to work with because it is toxic, smelly, and sticky. But, it usually comes in convenient kits that provide all the supplies you need for the job. However, you will often need a few extra basic tools, like painters tape and a razor blade. Most plaster repair kits come with a large tub of plaster patch, a small tube of liquid hardener, a mixing stick, a mixing tray, sandpaper, and the plaster cloth. You can just use the plaster patch to fill small scratches in the surface.

Clean Before Patching

The first thing you need to do is clean the damaged area. Often, there will be soap buildup within the scratches that you need to thoroughly clean out before patching them.

Prep the Surface

If your plaster is damaged, you don't just want to fill in the scratched area. You need to spread some plaster on the actual surface as well, to create a larger patch that will be permanent. Because of this, you need to use the sandpaper before applying the plaster patch. The sandpaper will actually lightly rough up the surface of the plaster, which will allow the plaster patch to stick better to it. You should also create a perimeter around the area you are going to patch by taping it off. This way you have clean, controlled lines.

Applying the Plaster patch

As soon as the plaster patch and liquid hardener mixed together, they drive very quickly. So, it might be a good idea to practice spreading the plaster patch on to something so you can familiarize yourself with the drying time.

As you spread the plaster plaster patch, don't worry if you don't create a perfectly smooth and even patch. You want to spread it on instantly as possible, and then, once it dries, you can come back with the sandpaper to further smooth it out.

Patching plaster surfaces is actually very easy. Once you have the tools and a plaster patch kit, it is an easy job. To learn more, contact a plastering contractor.