Best way to repair damaged coving.

7 Apr 2013
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United Kingdom
Hi there,
Hope you guys can help me out.
I need to repair Victorian plaster coving that is seriously damaged, what's the best way?

I was told to sand down, fill, sand down again, then paint with emulsion.

hamas also told to sand down, paint eggshell white, fill, sand down again, then paint final coat.

What would you guys recommend?

Thank for the help.

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Is the coving ornate or just flat/smooth? any images?

I generally use plaster of paris for ornate coving, it dries quickly, and is easily shaped.
Thanks darken, I was thinking the same thing.
But which method would you use, or would you just spread the plaster of Paris straight on the damaged painted surface?
The coving is smooth but with a lot of steps.

Thanks for the help

You can try plaster coving for that. POP is also a good choice but for that you have to do a lot of work. If its damaged fully then its better to hammer it down and re structure the coving. It will surely take time and effort but it will last long. If you repair some parts then it may be possible that its charm will loose or may be it mismatches the earlier coving.
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Something like easifill is very good for patching modest sized holes. Is the original coving just plaster rather than plaster coated with paper? If the former, I'd be tempted to fill, then make a shaped sanding block.

hamas also told to sand down, paint eggshell white, fill, sand down again, then paint final coat.

Hamas advise on painting and decorating now?


The new Egyptian government have cut funding so they have to earn money somehow. When they confuse a martyrdom mission with a rub down and repaint of the woodwork, it can get messy. Mind you, there are a few military buildings in Israel that look unexpectedly neat and tidy now.

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