Beading and Gap

23 Jan 2013
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Hi All,

I've recently had walls re-skimmed in the lounge.

Turns out there is some superfluous beading round the door frames that is not anywhere else in the house and was driving the wife to she removed it. Now left with a 2cm gap round the door frames up to the newly skimmed walls.

So my question is how is going to be best to fill these gaps. Should I just use filler or is plaster better to smooth into / over the new plaster?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

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Ok so maybe superfluous was the wrong word. Another point to note is the beading did have gaps in anyway where light switches were weirdly cut in. So prob will look better without them.

Any advice on the best approach to filling? It's not a cavernous gap but needs smoothing into the plaster.

Many thanks
I'm going to assume you mean 2cm wide and only as deep as the skim of plaster.

Score the surface underneath and apply some interior filler, don't put too much on or it will take forever to dry.
Sand it back with a sanding block to get a nice flat surface.


Make sure the first coat of emulsion on your freshly plastered walls is watered down. Just read the tin for the correct ratio.
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Excellent thanks Liam. So any filler will do? Is ready to use stuff best or mix it yourself? Do I need to pva the gap or just score?

Will be sure to water my mist coat.

Thanks again.
Ready mix will be fine. As long as it isn't the fine surface stuff. That doesn't go on too well if the hole is deep. No PVA required. Just score the area to give it some key and dampen it to stop the filler drying too quickly.
I am not an expert in this field by any means but I used Gyproc Easi-Fill to patch up the gaps in my house. I found it easy to mix and work with and you just sand it down with fine sandpaper once it is dry and you get a nice smooth and flush finish ready for painting.
If the gap is more than about half an inch deep it would be best to build the filler up in layers. It will dry more quickly and there's less risk of it shrinking/cracking.
Thanks all for the advice filled and sanded now. Just wanted to make sure I used the right stuff.

Thanks again

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