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Bricks: render first or bonding and skim?

Discussion in 'Plastering and Rendering' started by Robotmannick, 27 Oct 2012.

  1. Robotmannick

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    Hi all,

    Two questions for you fine folks:

    1) I've got a bare internal brick wall, solid with no damp, on a 1930's house. Am I ok to PVA then give it a coating of bonding followed by two of multi or should I be rendering it first then two coats of multi? I've read about hygroscopic salts and that rendering first is the only way to avoid the brickwork showing through.

    2) I also have a chimney to cover. Although the fire has a >98% chance of never being used, the missus would like to be able to use it if she so wishes...I'm looking at a lime render mix, but will the finish be rough as old boots and look odd against the rest of the plastered walls in the room? Should I render right up to the ceiling or just immediately around the fire itself - if so, how do you blend the render/plaster to make a seemless join?

    Thanks all,

    Nick

    PS I'm well aware that rendering is much harder than plastering and the strong likelihood is that whatever route I take, I'll end up chipping it all off anyway and getting someone in to do it properly, but I want to have a go - I'll never learn unless I try.
     
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    Bonding and finish will be fine, including the chimney breast.
     
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    Thanks very much for your reply.

    I thought plaster on a chimney was a definite no-no? Or will it be ok because I'm not likely to use it very often?
     
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    Very interesting reading. Thanks for the link :)
     
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