Tiny Tiny Tiny Plaster Cracks

Discussion in 'Other Trades Talk' started by HugeWesty, Feb 12, 2020.

  1. HugeWesty

    HugeWesty Member

    So my new house was covered in artex. I got the whole house plastered and overall happy. However when inspecting some of the walls in my bedroom, the artex seemed lose so when scraping the high points, the artex all came off leaving the old plaster/render which was very very dry.

    I asked the plasterer before doing this wall whether the plaster would take or whether it would dry too quick and he said he'll use some sealer or something else.. . Anyway the walls dried super quick turning pink in a day whereas other walls taking a week.

    I am now left with lots of tiny tiny cracks. I've tapped and plaster not coming away from the wall.

    Plasterer is saying paint would cover it, or if I wanted could be reskimmed, or plasterboarded.

    What should I do/be happy with/what is safe? The cracks seem too numerous and tiny to be filled - so I guess that leaves me with painting or re-skimming? Dont really want to plasterboard...




  2. Abrickie

    Abrickie Super Member

    Re skim, plain and simple. No paint is going to fix photo 3.
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  3. Astramax

    Astramax Screwfix Select

    Would be inclined to line it with WallRock Fibreliner plus 180, exactly what it's designed for.
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  4. jackelliott07

    jackelliott07 Active Member

    The technical term is crazing, it can happen when plaster dries out too quickly. As mentioned above though, unlikely paint will hide it.

    If it was only a very small area, you could have just knocked it out and filled, but it looks like you have quite a lot of it. So best option might be a re-skim.
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  5. Astramax

    Astramax Screwfix Select

    I totally agree with Astramax on this, if the plaster remains in a sound condition all it requires is minor making good with Toupret or Easifil, quick sand over, sized and covered with Wallrock Fibreliner plus 180...............job done.
  6. Astramax

    Astramax Screwfix Select

    Yes Astramax and another good thing in it's favour is it's 'paste the wall' so a win, win situation.
  7. HugeWesty

    HugeWesty Member

    Hi all, thanks - the mist coat took well - I just applied to see how it would look and its covered everything even with a watery mist coat.

    Im pretty sure I could get the guy to come back and reskim for me - but this will take time and then further time for plaster to dry.... Is there any better long term benefit etc to reskimming vs just painting and leaving?

  8. Abrickie

    Abrickie Super Member

    If you’re going to do it, do it right :)
  9. Wayners

    Wayners Screwfix Select

    Valspar base coat will fix that. Can be applied to plaster. Better if had never happened but if it's solid just coat and paint
  10. hk321

    hk321 New Member

    you can fix it with plaster.. as i saw..

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