Removing the interior plaster is tedious, but possible

The plaster has lost its load-bearing capacity or has been damaged by moisture. There is no way around - the plaster must be removed. How to professionally remove a plaster, says our guide.

Why remove the interior plaster?

With less damage, cracks or loose spots, you can redecorate the plaster. The loose plaster is removed, the cracks filled and applied a new layer of plaster. But not always that is possible.

If the interior plaster breaks down, if it is moistened or the interior plaster bulges outwards, it can no longer be salvaged and must be removed.

So go ahead

The removal of the interior plaster is not only a dirty but also a complex work. Protect all furniture, tiles and floors by taping with a strong foil and adhesive tape. Only use a surgical mask to avoid inhaling the fine dust. Goggles are also required.

Loose plaster can be knocked off with a hammer and a chisel, but usually a drill or chisel hammer is used or the interior plaster is sanded down with a cleaning cutter. The machine is faster and does not consume so much energy, but more caution is needed to avoid accidentally damaging the ground.

hammer and chisel

This procedure is only suitable for smaller areas. By targeted blows on the chisel head, the plaster is knocked off to the side.

Machine-assisted removal of plaster

Clamp a broad chisel into a caulking or hammer drill and also work parallel to the wall or use a concrete grinder. He has a sanding plate with which the plaster is milled.

Special case decorative plaster

Decorative plasters are only very thinly applied or rolled. First, soak this plaster, then scrape it off the wall with a multi-function tool. If this does not succeed, it must be sanded dry.

Which work materials are needed?

  • Cover foil, adhesive tape
  • hammer and chisel
  • if necessary drill and chisel hammer, grinder
  • If necessary, multifunctional tool with scraper for decorative and roller plasters
  • Broom, wire brush
  • Safety goggles, respirator, ear protection

Tips & Tricks

You do not have to buy the necessary equipment. Electric pruning and chiselling tools as well as wall and ceiling grinders are available at reasonable prices from almost every DIY store.

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