- Understand the science behind breathable natural hydraulic lime.
- Know how to properly mix and cure lime plaster.
- Recognize how to apply alkaline fiberglass mesh over hairline cracks in existing plaster walls.
- Be proficient at basic hawk and trowel techniques for applying TAKCOAT™ and TOPCOAT™ lime plaster.
- Understand how to seamlessly tie in repair work to create a unified and flawless plaster surface.
ARTisAn Objective® Workshop MAS-04 – Basic Plaster Wall Repair
Basic Plaster Wall Repair1 Day – 8:00am to 3:00pmA versatile building material, plaster was traditionally used as a protective and decorative coating for walls and ceilings. Plaster is much harder than drywall, creates a more durable wall surface, and is more adaptable for specialty design features like archways and curves. While original plaster work is a desirable asset to any period home, it may require maintenance and repairs to retain its elegance. Our workshop lecture, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises introduce the benefits of lime-based plaster, basic surface preparation, and simple methods for performing minor repairs to vintage plaster walls. Under the guidance of experienced masons, students will apply a scratch coat over wood lath panels, making sure proper adhesion and sufficiently filled keys are achieved. Then, they’ll work with TAKCOAT™ and TOPCOAT™—specially formulated lime plaster from LimeWorks.us designed for resurfacing, restoring, and repairing existing plaster walls. Practicing on mock-up surfaces, participants will learn how to hold a trowel at the proper angle and use sufficient pressure to apply a transitional bonding layer of TAKCOAT™ followed by skimming on TOPCOAT™ and working it to achieve a smooth final finish. The registration fee also includes a link to download The Master Stroke–Applying Lime Plaster digital tutorial. Prior masonry experience is helpful but not required.After completing the workshop participants will:
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