Rejuvenating your plaster walls after water damage is easier than you think. While the staining and molds make you feel a little overwhelmed, the best part about plaster is that it's easy to fix after you stop the leak. Here's how to fix your plaster in just a few simple steps.
What Do You Need?
Keep these tools on hand to make repairing your plaster quick and easy.
- Scrapers, such as putty knives
- Sand paper
- One stiff nylon brush
- Paint primer in white
- A paint roller
- Warm water
- Joint compound or new plaster
- A joint knife
Repairing the Plaster
Although it seems like you have a lot of tools, plaster is very easy to repair and work with. Follow these steps to get a perfect finish on your walls.
- Start by washing down the wall with your sponge and warm water. During this step, you want to remove all dust, dirt, molds, or mildews that have gathered on the wall. Don't be surprised if some flakes of paint or damaged plaster fall off the wall at this stage.
- Next, use your scraper or putty knife to scrape away any bubbled surfaces. What you want to do is to continue removing damaged plaster until you get to a solid, undamaged surface. Don't worry about obvious scrape marks or holes at this stage; it may get messy, but you need to remove everything that has been damaged.
- Use a nylon brush to scrape away any small pieces of plaster or dirt that are trapped on the wall.
- Once the area is clear, you can work on repairing the wall. To do this, use your joint compound on a joint knife and layer it on the wall.
- Smooth the joint compound with the joint knife in both horizontal and vertical strokes. This helps bind the new compound to the plaster that is already present.
- Let the compound dry.
- Add a second layer of compound and allow it to dry as well.
- Now, use your sand paper to smooth the edges of the compound where it meets your wall. Once everything is smooth, you can move on to priming the walls.
- Using your paint roller, apply primer to the wall in two coats.
- Once this dries, your wall is ready for you to repaint it in the color of your choice. You'll never be able to tell that it was previously damaged.
You're done! Your wall is as good as new. For more help with water damage, try contacting your local experts such as Servicemaster of Buncombe County.