Repairing Cracks

Here is my method for repairing cracks. It works quite well.

As seen in the first photo, I mark all my cracks. Then, I use an old screw driver or even an old chisel and start scraping out the crack.

I chip away any loose paint and deepen the crack.

The remaining procedures are:

1-fill with plaster
2-sand smooth
3-apply thin layer of plaster, then use paper tape
4-apply more plaster on top of th tape
5-after dried, apply more plaster by feathering outat least 6 inches on either side of crack
6-sand smooth

Following these steps you wont go wrong and you wont be able to see where the crack was. As a final measure, I sprayed an orange peel texturizer (bought in spray cans) to attempt to match the rough characteristic of my 90 year old walls. If youe walls are new, you woudnt need this step.


  1. Anonymous

    I have paint peeling off the plaster walls above my shower tile due to my wife taking very hot showers. How can I repair this and what can I do so I don’t run into this problem in the future. She loves her hot shower.



    I highly recommend installing a bathroom fan in your ceiling to suck out all the moisture in your bathroom when you or your wife take a shower. One example looks like this:but there are several other styles out there. If you dont have one of these bathroom fans, you might even create an area for mold to develop too.

    To fix the ceiling from peeling more, I’d recommend scraping any loose paint, then using some plaster to cover up the area where the paint peeled and then repainting. The plaster is going to be thin, so you’ll have to practice sanding it. Sometimes, if I feel it will be too thin, I scrape out some more area with a screwdriver to give the plaster some rough area to stick to. If your ceiling is badly water damaged, you may even consider cutting out a portion of the ceiling and repairing it with new wallboard up there.

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