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Old 07-30-2019, 02:51 PM   #1
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What do you apply to this after it dries to fill in the holes?
I've used drywall plaster but it seems to crack with time.
I've used vinyl caulking which held nicely but the $ adds up when I did a big area. I applied it with a wet brush to spread it out more and the results were good, no cracking.
I'm starting over and am wondering if anyone has another idea??
I'm seeing vinyl spackling at Lowe's for $17 a gallon. This might be the answer, spreads nice and won't crack.

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Old 07-30-2019, 05:01 PM   #2
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Back when I used it, I would mix up a batch of plaster and paint it on top of the cloth.
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Old 07-30-2019, 07:59 PM   #3
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Old 07-30-2019, 08:10 PM   #4
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What do you apply to this after it dries to fill in the holes?
I've used drywall plaster but it seems to crack with time.
I've used vinyl caulking which held nicely but the $ adds up when I did a big area. I applied it with a wet brush to spread it out more and the results were good, no cracking.
I'm starting over and am wondering if anyone has another idea??
I'm seeing vinyl spackling at Lowe's for $17 a gallon. This might be the answer, spreads nice and won't crack.
I have used hydrocal and have never had a problem.
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Old 07-30-2019, 09:22 PM   #5
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I haven't used it for years, but I would smooth it over with my fingers while it was still wet to minimize the holes. Then I laid on a few thick coats of latex paint.
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Old 07-31-2019, 04:53 AM   #6
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That is the technique I use too. When I started using it I wasn't working it enough, but if you do, those holes will be filled in, but you should put on a second coat of the plaster cloth anyway. It's not very strong as a single sheet if it is not over a harder substrate.

Some of mine is over rigid cardboard and some of it was applied over polyester batting. The batting obviously is not a rigid material so you will want to use multiple layers of the cloth.

Like Lehigh74 says, work it with your wet fingertips until the holes are filled.
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What Michael & Lehigh said. Layer it, work it, smooth it.

I went with dirt colored latex paint where there would be greenery.
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Old 07-31-2019, 08:22 AM   #8
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I always used it at least two-ply for strength, and that tended to cover any through-holes. So, what was left was a dimpled surface that I would cover with fine ground foam, always at least two colours, and also added some coarser flocking over that. It's more costly this way, but the results are better and more durable.
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Old 07-31-2019, 08:45 AM   #9
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hummm all good answers cool
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Old 07-31-2019, 09:03 AM   #10
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I use vinyl caulking or spackling paste, either diluted by using a very wet brush. No cracking. Often I let it dry fro about ten minutes and they use a wet sponge or folded paper towel to smooth its surface a bit.
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