Hairline cracks on 6 month old skimmed walls

28 Feb 2007
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United Kingdom
I live in an early 20th century house and I had my living room walls and ceilings skimmed at the end of last summer. That was done on the original plaster after I had removed the wallpaper. The walls and ceilings seemed to have been properly PVAed before skimming with branded plaster.

Now, after 6 months or so, and after redecorating throughout (using waterbased emulsion), long and very fine cracks have appeared across the walls and the ceiling throughout the room.

Were the cracks to be expected? If so, shall I leave it and perhaps fill them one day and apply a new coat of paint?

Thank you in advance for any reply.
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I have given up/refused to do any more 'skimming' on walls that are lime based, to me its like putting an egg shell around plastercine (sic).

Not much help I know, best bet would be to line the walls with a heavy gauge lining paper and paint that. (IMHO)
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Almost as much as they expect from Comb-Overs :eek:

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