Monday, February 24, 2014

I thought it would never end

We finally finished the paint scraping in the living room.  The last little area took three days to finish and seriously I thought it would never end.   I have no idea why they put this drywall compound/plaster on the wall in this area.  We found only one small area where the plaster was missing so we really don't why they slathered this stuff on the walls.

Ultimately, we used a wire brush attachment that we put on a air grinder to slowly remove the compound.  The softer drywall compound came off the wall fairly easy but in the last corner we ran across a slightly yellow filler that was a lot harder than drywall compound.

Blog reader, Alex, suggested spraying the drywall compound with water.  This worked great after we removed the majority of the compound and was left small amounts in the textured areas of the plaster. After spraying the residue with water, I used a wire brush to get the remaining tidbits.

Tomorrow we will get back to the kitchen ceiling and I can't wait because I need a break from  scraping.

FYI the white area in the shape of Florida without a pan handle is an area where the plaster is missing and it filled with drywall compound.  We are leaving this area for the plaster guy to decide what to do.  It's currently recessed about 1/2 inch below the surface of the wall.  I don't know if he will fill that area or if he will need to remove what is there and fill with patching plaster.

3 comments:

Ocean State Home said...

Yay! That looked like the chore from hell. Once you have it painted you'll be able to sit back and marvel at your work.

What colors are you thinking?

Rocketman69 said...

Your patience is outstanding. In all honesty, I'd have more than likely taken a sledgehammer to the plaster and lath a long time ago and replaced it all with sheetrock. Of course I know that Nicole Curtis would probably take a sledgehammer to my head for suggesting such a thing. Bravo for keeping the old house intact. Looking good!

Alex Dent said...

Glad to hear that my suggestion of wetting the drywall compound helped to remove it. Oh, for the record, I'm not from Old Towne Home, that's a different Alex. :-) Even though it's been a tremendous amount of work, it's looking good and I'm sure will be a huge improvement when completed.