This week’s Ask The Craftsman question comes from Phil.
“To repair a damaged wall [drywall] seems so out of place, but hiring a plasterer to do lath and plaster is way too high a cost. Is there an in-between solution?”
There definitely is an in-between solution Phil and it’s called veneer plaster.
A veneer plaster wall is like a hybrid of standard drywall and traditional lath and 3-coat plaster. It also hits the middle ground in terms of pricing. Here’s how it works:
Plasterboard (which is much the same as drywall except usually 5/8″ thick and has a special paper surface that is designed to hold plaster) is installed just like drywall by being screwed to the studs.
The plasterboard is then coated with a layer of veneer plaster. And that’s it! The plasterboard functions like the the old scratch and brown coats of plaster so all the plasterer has to do is apply the finish coat of plaster over top of the whole assembly.
Veneer plaster gives a very hard, durable finish and is hand troweled on in a variety of textures to match whatever you originally had on your walls.
With veneer plaster you get the look of traditional lath and plaster in a shorter time and with less expense. And once the finish coat is on, no one will ever know the difference.
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