How To Repair Cracked Plaster Walls

One of the most common issues that a home faces as it settles down on its foundation is a cracked plaster wall. These cracks appear around door frames and along the seams of wall joints regularly, but may appear anywhere. Fixing this issue only takes a few moments for small cracks, while larger cracks may need some extensive work. Here's what you need to do.


1. Provide Support to the Crack Itself

The easiest way to support the crack is to affix some specialized tape to it. There are some glues that can also be used. The ultimate goal is to seal the crack so that the remainder of the wall doesn't not begin to degrade. Just pressing joint compound into the crack will not resolve this issue. The drying of the compound in the crack may actually cause more damage to the wall.

2. Cover the Support with Joint Compound

Once the support is in place, you're ready to add more strength to the wall by adding joint compound to it. Make sure the entire repair area is covered. Try to create a fairly even layer of compound to avoid textural issues. Use light, long strokes to apply the compound, switching from horizontal to vertical strokes occasionally to allow for full coverage. Allow the compound to dry.

3. Sand the Repair Flush

You'll want to remove any ridges or bumps that have dried into the joint compound. If you cannot sand the repair flush to the wall, then repeat Step #2.

4. Add Texture

If your wall has texture on it, then add the texture on top of the repair at this time. Allow the texture to dry. Then you'll be able to paint over the repair to create a seamless look.

Here's a tip: new paint, even when it's the same color, will often look different than old paint. You may need to clean your walls or repaint the entire area to resolve the visual conflicts. Repairing cracked plaster walls is a pretty simple process that only requires a putty knife, a paint brush, and a few tools. Follow these steps and you'll have your wall looking like new in no time at all.

Posted on Mar 17, 2015


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