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What type of wall compound to use?? Unusual circumstance

Posted by walrus (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 24, 10 at 8:43

It's for a circa 1910 large ornamental foyer with a tile floor and marble steps, the walls have plaster coves and arches. The plaster is on wire mesh and the 20+ year old paint is peeling, in some places as alligatored chunks.

I haven't delved into it yet but it appears the top layer of plaster may be separating in places, or the peeling paint is really thick. It's an unheated area and subject to New England temperature extremes.

I am not sure that what I was contemplating, Durabond 90, is the right material to smooth the plaster defects with. Anything better to use considering considering the temperature variations of 0 to 90 degrees?

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RE: What type of wall compound to use?? Unusual circumstance

I would be concerned about the possibility of moisture in the walls.

RE: What type of wall compound to use?? Unusual circumstance

It's been there for 100 years totally surrounded, except for the mostly glass exterior entry, by a three story structure. Am not surprised by peeling after 20 years without being painted.

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