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How to Fill a Crack in the Wall


With so many homes in the UK being 50 years old or more, cracks are extremely common in most homes. This short guide will show you how to fill a crack in your wall quickly and trouble free.

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Step 2. Open the crack.

Open the crack up to make it easier to fill.

Before you can fix the crack properly you need to open it out so the filler will have a surface to bind to.  Use the Seriously Good Snap Knife or Premier Chisel Knife to rake out the crack and open it into a V shape. With the crack open use an Essentials Brush to clean away loose dust.

Now, there is some debate over the next step. For small cracks in good plaster, that is plaster which is not falling apart, our decorating team recommends just using the filler. However, for larger cracks or cracks where the plaster has been crumbling, they recommend diluting some PVA glue in water, then painting the solution into the crack using the Essentials Brush. The PVA seeps into the plaster making it more solid and more reliable when adding the filler in the next step.

Before you fill the crack in the wall use an essentials brush to remove the dust, or add PVA to the crack.

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Step 3. Fill the crack.

Use the Premier filling knife to apply filler to the crack

It’s time to fill the crack in your wall. Apply some filler with the Premier Filling Knife. Add the filler into the crack by working the blade along the length of the crack. Scrape off excess by wetting the filling knife blade and scraping from the centre to edge along the length of the crack. Check the filler packet instructions and leave to set and cure.

When the filler has cured use some Ultimate Fine Sandpaper and a Cork Block to sand the filler down until smooth. Then clean the surface with a Seriously Good Microfibre Cloth making sure there is no dust remaining. You are now ready to paint over the area. We recommend jumping over to our guide on how to paint a wall and how to paint a ceiling to continue your project.

Sand the filler until it is smooth to the touch.

Wipe the surface after sanding to remove the dust, ready for painting.

Use a Paint Roller to cover the damaged area.

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