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refinishing plastered cinderblock walls


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02-09-01, 12:53 PM   #1  

I would like to refinish my basement walls so that they are smooth with clean edges. My house was built in 1936 on a cinderblock foundation. The walls were plastered over long ago but they are not even remotely smooth. The plaster is bumpy but seems solid. It seems to have two coats of paint over it.

I was thinking of using a primer like Kilz and then putting a skim coat of plaster over it. Would this work?

My basement is dry except for a little bit of mildew in one corner. There are a few spots where the plaster is damaged. Should I sand these areas down first?

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Remy

 
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02-09-01, 10:00 PM   #2  
Sight unseen, I would advise using Joint compound rather then plaster. If you decide to plaster, skip the kilz and use a bonder.

 
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02-10-01, 01:58 PM   #3  
Thanks Don,

So do you think I shold stick with the Kilz for the joint compound?

Are you recommending the joint compound because it would have more flexibility as the walls heat and cool with the weather?

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Remy


 
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