Old Plaster Walls that Crack - Posted by Jennifer(NH)
Posted by Jennifer(NH) on April 21, 1999 at 08:09:27:
I came across this tip and thought it might be useful to rehabbers…
WALL MESH AND SKIM COAT
Tired of patching the cracks in your plaster walls?
If you live in a home with plaster walls and ceilings, you know that over time, plaster inevitably develops small cracks. And as often as those cracks are patched, they always seem to reappear. This doesn?t mean that you have to live with cracks. One solution is to cover the walls or ceiling entirely with Sheetrock. However, this is a huge job and it?s difficult fitting Sheetrock perfectly around windows, doors, and moldings. A better and less-expensive solution is to cover the surface with a very fine fiberglass mesh that comes in three-foot-wide rolls. First, a special primer is rolled onto the walls, and then the mesh, which is hung in a similar fashion to wallpaper, is affixed to the primer.
Once the walls are covered, it?s possible to paint right over the mesh, but on very close inspection, you?ll see the ever-so-slight texture of the fiberglass. If this isn?t to your liking, the mesh can be skim-coated with a joint compound. Joint compound is a patching substance with the consistency of mud. It?s spread thinly over the mesh to fill in the tiny irregularities, and it can be painted when dry and smooth. For more information, ask your painter or your paint store.
BTW: I got this from - Martha Stewart Living