How to Fix Chipped Plaster in 5 Steps

Plaster can be a great material to use in construction because of its flexibility, but it also has some downsides. One downside? It can easily become chipped or cracked, which is why the do-it-yourselfer in your home will want to make sure to understand some quick, easy ways to fix and smoothen out that plaster.

If that’s what you want to learn today, you’ve come to the right place: let’s explore some quick steps to restoring a plaster finish.

#1 Get your tools ready.

What will you need when you’re fixing up some plaster? A good utility knife, a plaster compound (such as plaster of paris), brushes, a scraper, a woodblock, sandpaper, primer, and paint are some general items you’ll either find in your tool shed or at the local hardware store. Once you have these items ready, you’re ready to take a better look at the chip in your plaster.

#2 Treat the chip first.

This usually includes cutting away loose chunks of plaster with your knife while making sure that you don’t do anything to cause further damage to the surrounding plaster. Once you’ve cleared the debris, shake off smaller particles with a towel and use your vacuum cleaner to get the hard-to-reach dust and plaster bits.

#3 Get out your plaster compound.

Mix it up into a hearty paste – try to make it less flexible rather than erring on the side or making it too thin. Before you apply the plaster, moisten the area by using your brush – this will help when applying the plaster of paris.

Next, apply your plaster compound, making sure that it is well-set into the chip. Smoothen out the surface with your scraper, and then take 24 hours off while your plaster compound hardens.

#4 Sand down the area after 24 hours.

Once your 24 hours have passed, it’s time to take another look at your chip repair. The chances are that it doesn’t look that good yet – but that’s why you’re going to want to sand down the area and smoothen it out. You can also re-plaster any areas that haven’t been fixed yet but remember that you’ll want to give it 24 hours to dry.

#5 Apply primer and then your paint.

After you’ve sanded out the area smooth, it’s time to apply your primer. Your primer is crucial for creating a smooth, durable coat of paint. Once your primer has dried (this might take a considerable amount of time), you can then apply your paint and let it try.

Voila! You have just fixed a chipped plaster in just 5 simple steps.

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