"Bill and Jill -
Thanks for the suggestions. As to painting over it, one of the reasons it looks so good right now is that the tinted plaster/basecoat is over a light painted surface, so if I put paint over that, I lose the effect of the paint…"
"Hi Richard,I'm so glad your project is working out. If you really think it needs to be sealed, you could apply an acrylic matte glaze/varnish over it; I was in the art supply store last week and there are some good brands to choose from.…"
"Jill -Thanks for all the advice so far. I've done the walls with the dimensional basecoat and it looks great. Turned out I had the best luck with troweling it on, then stippling with a cheap sea sponge roller, and then after some…"
The wait time totally depends on the humidity in the room on that day! If you applied it with the sponge roller as per the directions, you can experiment in an unobtrusive area to see if it knocks down to a pleasing texture.…"
I've finally got the room almost ready to paint. Kids, life, other projects, more unpleasant surprises in the walls, all of these have slowed me down. But I bought a bunch of that SW dimensional basecoat and am experimenting…"
"I would skim coat the torn spots just as you would with any drywall repair. Else, those areas may show up when you do paint/texture over them.
My walls had panel glued to it with liquid nails. What a mess. That stuff was like concrete and was all…"
I thought we'd see pix of your finished rooms by now, what's the hold up? lol only kidding!
The finished base coat (with the SW Faux Impressions) is smooth and buttery. Not rough or gritty. There is a certain grainy…"
Check with your local paint store. There are different applications. The thicker stuff provides a plastered, stucco like look. What you may want is a thinner paint that you add a grit to to give you the expected outcome. You go with a fine…"
I realized that I had one more question, and that's about the texture of the finished base coat. What's it like? Sandpaper? smooth plaster? Something else? What I'm hoping to do is end up with a…"
"We have used a whole house fan that vents into the attic with vents placed in the roof numerous places. It works great
but we are in Colorado where it really cools off at night. Still if you keep the heat out of the house during the day…"
"Richard, I would think you would have to do something to the bare rough (torn) drywall paper. For sure a good priming would be required, but maybe a thin bit of drywall mud would be better to do first to prevent the ends/edges of the tears from…"
"Bill and Jill -
Thanks for the responses so far. The big question I'm facing is whether I should have a skim coat done BEFORE the plaster-y paint.
This is for a room where the wallpaper was removed in a rather too enthusiastic…"
"There a a few ways to take care of the cracks we used the washer and screws method. Looks like this:
We used about 1500 of them through out the house ceilings and walls. Worked great. Here is the approx same spot finished:
"I've repaired small cracks in plaster by widening them out slightly, vacuuming particles out of the crack, then using fiberglass tape method and drywall patch to fill and cover. This is time-consuming and takes drying time and careful…"