How to Paint a Room : Patching Ceiling Cracks Before Painting

How to Paint a Room : Patching Ceiling Cracks Before Painting

Ok, the next step in our bedroom project is
going to be actually patching the ceiling, the cracks that we exposed. So, we’re going
to use a joint compound. This stuff is really creamy, you want to make sure that its well
mixed before you apply it, otherwise you’re going to get chunks. Its like a thick soup.
I’m just going to give my trough a good dollop of it. Now keep in mind we’re going to be
applying multiple coats of this, so don’t worry too much about it being absolutely smooth.
We’re just going put a coat over the tape we just applied. Unlike some of the other
patching materials that we’ll be using, the joint compound actually needs a solid 24 hours
to dry. And if you miss a spot, that’s ok because we’re going to put another coat on
it after this is dry. Ok, so we’re going to let that dry overnight and in the meantime,
we’ll get on to something else.

14 thoughts on “How to Paint a Room : Patching Ceiling Cracks Before Painting

  1. Ive got Plaster walls and ceilings what do you recommend for fixing cracks in ceiling and gaps cracks spaces in perimeter of walls where it meets ceilings..? someone told me durabond..

  2. use easy fill made by gyproc, and for the ceiling and wall edging use a painters mate mastic, which is acrylic and comes in a tube. so the edges look crisp and its also flexible so wont crack over time unless there is alot of movement.

  3. I would have sanded the cracking area good with an orbital sander. Then wipe it with a wet sponge. Then use the PAPER tape to cover it because the mesh tape is harder to cover and get even with the rest of the ceiling.

  4. WRONG ! ! ! ! ! On OLD Ceiling (plaster over cement board) Begin by taking a flat blade screwdriver and carefully insert into the crack (plaster depth, NOT into the underlying cement) and twist the screwdriver so as to open up a pathway along the crack. DO NOT go into the cement underneath. Dry brush the debris away. Use a squirt bottle of water to thoroughly wet the cement AS you're going along healing the crack with new plaster. The wet cement will take up the new plaster. After drying overnight, USE A WET SPONGE, not sandpaper, to smooth out the patch. Let dry overnight again. QUALITY NOT SPEED is the name of the game. If you want new customers every week, DON'T SCREW THIS UP ! Using this method avoids use of paper tape, and raising dust. This repair lasts at least 20 years.

  5. No tape? nothing? didnt' clean out the crack to give the compound anything to grip…? I'm not experienced, but I've watched a few videos…and this seems insufficient and silly…

  6. this guy is an idiot…at least put some screws into the joists either side of the crack before patching. This is to prevent sagging plasterboard cracking again…

  7. If you use no tape or MESH tape, the crack will come right back. PAPER tape is the only way to go to fix cracks.

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