Step by Step Restoration

In rooms where most of the plaster is securely attached and damage is restricted to some blemishes and cracks, the following steps will result in a successful job:

  1. Remove all unnecessary hooks, nails, fittings, and loose or broken trim.
  2. Remove and save electrical cover plates and light fixtures.
  3. Using a four inch putty knife lift off any loose pieces of wallpaper and plaster.
  4. Paint the entire wall surface with a pigmented shellac. This pigmented shellac will reduce the moisture damage from patching plaster and other products used in the restoration process. The pigmented shellac is also a very good primer.
  5. Patch any holes or imperfections in the wall surface using a patching plaster or similar compound. Use a latex caulk to patch thin cracks.
  6. Re-prime all patched areas and inspect for any new areas of bubbling or other damage caused by the patching or priming. If wallpaper bubbles appear, cut them out, re-prime, patch and prime the patched area again.
  7. Once all the wall surfaces have been primed, patched, and re-primed as necessary, latex paint may be used for the final paint coat. It may be necessary to use a texturing additive in the paint, or use a texturing coat under the paint, in order to blend the original and patched surfaces of the wall into one texture.