Basic Plaster Wall Repair
2 Days – 8:00am to 3:00pm
A 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. Original plaster work is a desirable asset to any period home, but may require maintenance and repairs to retain its elegance. This workshop will introduce students to our simple three-step method for plaster wall repairs. The lecture, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises review the properties and benefits of lime-based plasters, basic wall preparation, and hawk and trowel application techniques. Participants will also become acquainted with TAKCOAT™ and TOPCOAT™—breathable, lime-based plasters from LimeWorks.us. Under the guidance of experienced masons, students will practice applying a transitional bonding or base coat of TAKCOAT™ on mock-up surfaces or historic structures undergoing restoration at our facility. This lime-based material may also be troweled directly onto most rigid substrates including wallboard, masonry, and painted surfaces. Attendees will also have the opportunity to apply a finish coat of TOPCOAT™ and work the material to achieve a smooth or textured surface. TOPCOAT™ dries as a neutral white but may be custom tinted to coordinate with any color palette. Prior masonry experience is helpful but not required.
After completing the workshop participants will:
- Understand the science behind breathable natural hydraulic lime.
- Know how to properly mix and cure lime plaster.
- Recognize how to address cracks in existing plaster walls.
- Be able to work and finish edges and corners.
- Be proficient at basic hawk and trowel techniques to apply TAKCOAT™ and TOPCOAT™—the lime plaster system from LimeWorks.us.
The workshop will be held at the historic Millhafen Farm—the headquarters of Craftwork Training Center and LimeWorks.us—located at 3145 State Road, Telford, PA 18969. A nonrefundable deposit of $100 is required two weeks in advance with the balance due at the beginning of the workshop. All the necessary materials and tools will be supplied and a light lunch is provided for your convenience. The program will start promptly at 8:00 am. Please arrive 15 minutes early to complete the check-in process and come appropriately dressed and prepared for hands-on training. To ensure an exceptional learning experience, the class size is limited. However, a minimum of 3 participants is required to hold the workshop.