He had his hour of glory … yes but in the 70s-80s. The plaster has become the pet peeve of our interiors: it stings, it takes dust, prevents us from making holes in the wall …. With him too, difficult to dare the color because the asperities do not put it in value. In short, how do we get rid of it? We give you our tips!
1st step: define the type of plaster
All plaster is not of the same nature, so the techniques for starting it out will also be different. Determine what plaster you are dealing with, before you start! And if you have any doubt, call a mason or a plasterer for advice.
– The plastic plaster, rolled, is recognizable because it is not too rough and you can see the regular spreading a bit like a wallpaper.
– The fiber plaster also has no marked asperities and is relatively smooth.
– Plaster mortar plaster or cement: it is very rough and aggressive when you hand over it? Bad luck, you’re dealing with a stucco harder to remove.
Also know that a plaster that has been painted, whatever its nature, is even more difficult to remove.
Step 2: In which case to remove plaster?
Ready to roll up your sleeves and get started? If you have a plastic plaster or plaster fiber, know that they are both water soluble. So you can use a wallpaper stripper because the water vapor will gradually take off your plaster. Another option is to generously sprinkle your wall with hot water and then come off the plaster with a spatula when it is softened.
For mortar plasters, you will need a lot of strength and patience if you want to remove them with a spatula.Another technique: scrape the plaster before you pass a sander on it to make it smooth. Our advice: get involved in this tough job only if a wall of your interior is concerned!
Step 3: In which case to cover it?
Sometimes it is more reasonable to opt for another solution in order to get rid of the interior plaster: cover it rather than remove it. For this, there are special coatings designed to remove the plaster (almost) as if by magic. Because again, the stages are numerous. You need to clean your surface with a vacuum cleaner for example and a damp cloth to remove any dust. Then, with a knife, lay down your plaster so that the layers completely cover the rough edges of your plaster. Again, plan at least two coats of plaster or more. When your plaster is dry (allow 24 to 48 hours) use medium grit sandpaper to smooth the surface of your wall.You will then see that it is important to have provided a layer of plaster enough that hollows do not appear. Another option is to place plasterboard directly on your plastered wall. For this, you must make sure that the plaster is well fixed (it retires very hard when you try to take off) and that your wall is perfectly healthy. When your plasterboard will be installed, you can cover them with non-woven paint or wallpaper.
If you’re dealing with hard-to-remove plaster and they are present on almost all of your walls, it may be better not to remove them by yourself and hire professionals. Do not hesitate to ask several quotes to play the competition. Saving time and energy will be important!