Processing of cotton plaster and wall tattoos

Processing of cotton plaster and wall tattoos: cotton

The wall design is one of the important topics that increase your own well-being at home can. In addition to the color scheme, it is also possible to positively influence the indoor climate. Many substances have the ability to absorb increased humidity and deliver it in dry air. This behavior helps to regulate the humidity and thus improve the living environment.

Cotton plaster - also called liquid wallpaper - is a pure natural product, vapor-permeable and thus supports the regulation of humidity. There are also special advantages in processing. Unlike plaster, cotton plaster can be applied seamlessly and it is therefore particularly easy to cover corners, edges and even round building elements. No special knowledge or skills are needed for this. With a bit of skill, any cotton plaster can be processed and even subsequently repaired or repaired damaged areas.

What advantages does cotton plaster offer?

Cotton plasters consist of Cotton, various fibers, cellulose, mineral additives and paste. Depending on the manufacturer, they are mostly 100% organic, which emphasizes the ecological character of cotton plaster. Without chemical additives, the cotton plaster can be processed even with the window closed and produces neither an odor nuisance nor other adverse effects. You do not have to worry, you can apply the plaster by hand, apply it and then use the room immediately (observe drying time).

There are also benefits that hardly any other wall design offers. As with a mineral plaster, let yourself bridge small cracks, compensate for unevenness and seamlessly decorate corners and edges. The application requires no special experience or much practice. In compliance with the instructions listed, anyone can work with a little skill cotton plaster and achieved at the first use optimal results.

As a breathable wall covering, cotton can absorb a great deal of humidity and release it, thus ensuring a balanced indoor climate. The soft structure not only radiates heat, it even insulates and is able to absorb sound. In summary is cotton plaster a natural plaster that offers many advantages and certainly will gain significantly more importance.

1. Prepare underground

Since cotton plaster is purely natural and contains no solvents, can be pure theoretically coat all substrates with it. Everything that can be covered with wallpaper can also be decorated with cotton plaster and dressed up.

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Preparation of the wall with a primer

Before the plaster can be applied, must removed old wallpaper, screws, dowels and nails in the wall become. Moisture could cause screws and nails to rust, as evidenced by brown spots. On the other hand, small holes or scratches in the plaster do not have to be specially treated or filled, as cotton plaster fills them in and smoothes out any unevenness. For better workmanship, however, the substrate must be primed, as with almost all plasters, in order to bond a loose surface and regulate the absorption behavior. The primer can be made by offering special primers for cotton plaster or any other primer. Please observe the manufacturer's instructions and prime the wall according to the specifications. A design with a non-water-soluble color is also possible.

Cotton plaster is not subject to roll size or needs straight edges and therefore can optimally combined with wall tattoos or wall stickers become. However, plan this already during the wall preparation. Wall tattoos with a glossy surface need an absolutely smooth surface. Therefore, mark the coarse gluing area beforehand with chalk or pencil and smoothen it very intensively. Gypsum plaster can be sanded directly by hand with a sanding block.

2. Mix cotton plaster and let it swell

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material requirements

Cotton plaster is mostly ready mixed sold in bags and needs only mixed with water become. Depending on the composition, the mixing ratio and the range differ. However, both are indicated and the required amount of water should be strictly adhered to. If you have the given range, plan a little more. The range refers to a job of given strength that requires some practice and is not always achieved.

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Use clean vessels

All ingredients contain no harmful substances and can / should be mixed by hand. Gently insert it into it and press the cotton plaster through your fingers. As with natural wallpaper paste so you eliminate lumps and then the mixed cotton plaster can Let it swell for several hours. To do this, put it back in the bags, close them and leave them overnight. This variant makes it possible to clean the mixing vessels and allows the cotton plaster to swell without evaporation of water. You can also use the mixing vessels, but these should be well sealed, so that the plaster does not dry.

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Mix by hand

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Let it swell overnight

3. Apply cotton smoothing and smooth

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Re-mix the entire required amount

Before the cotton plaster can be applied, must all mixed bags are mixed again in a container, to avoid color differences. To do this, place the entire cotton plaster in a larger, clean container and mix it vigorously. Maybe some water can be added.

To apply will a smoothing trowel made of plastic and a trowel or the like made of plastic for portioning needed. Also helpful is a second smoothing trowel, with which the cotton plaster absorbs well and equally portionable and leaves. Also in the preparation of corners, a second smoothing trowel is an advantage.

Processing of cotton plaster and wall tattoos: cotton

Pick up small amounts of cotton plaster

Apply some cotton plaster from the jar to your trowel and spread it on the wall by pressing pull the trowel over the wall at a shallow angle. At first, apply only small amounts and distribute them evenly. Make sure that the surface is no longer visible and covered evenly with about 2 mm. Bumps and a too thick application reduces the specified range, but can be leveled by smoothing several times. However, a job that is too thick is in principle not disturbing and does not affect the result.

With a little practice you can take up larger quantities on the trowel and move faster. However, always remember to distribute the applied amount evenly. If the surface is well primed and not absorbent, you will have enough time and you can spread a job that is too thick at any time by gently brushing with a trowel.

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Take up larger quantities

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Apply cotton plaster

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Work out corners cleanly

4. Working close to the edge

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Work out missing areas in corners

If a complete wall is to be worked to the edge with cotton plaster, is Masking only partially possible. For this purpose, the adjacent wall would have to be masked with a crepe of about 2 mm with a painter's crepe in order not to damage the finished plaster when removing. It can, however, work very cleanly without previous adhesive measures and work out an exact edge. It happens naturally that small areas must be filled directly at the edge. This is possible if there is only a small strip of cotton plaster on the edge of the smoothing trowel. How to achieve this quickly and easily will be demonstrated by the following two variants.

1. Form a strip on the second trowel

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Dose cotton plaster with two smoothing trowels

If you work with two trowels, it is quite easy to apply a trowel only on one edge with some plaster. For this, cotton plaster is applied to a smoothing trowel and then with the second a narrow strip "tapped". The recorded quantity can then be shaped or reduced accordingly.

2. Pick up a narrow strip from the wall

If you are working with just one smoothing trowel, or you are just on the ladder, it is easier to pick up already applied plaster again with the smoothing trowel and thus to dose only at the edge of the trowel in the desired amount. For this is The trowel slid obliquely against the applied plaster and lifted off the wall after the desired amount. The resulting gap can be quickly refilled and smoothed out.

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Slide the trowel against the applied plaster

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Plaster only on the edge of the trowel

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Fill in gaps at the edge

Incorporate wall tattoo in cotton plaster

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Draw outline

Wall tattoos or wall stickers loosen large surfaces and set unique accents. Since cotton plaster can be applied in any shape and without a fixed contour, the combination of both is very well suited for a special wall design. However, wall tattoos can not be applied to a finished cotton plaster. For this the ground would be too uneven. The wall stickers must be incorporated into the cotton plaster, which can additionally increase the 3D effect.

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Apply label on one side

The preparation begins before applying the cotton plaster. For this, the adhesive surface is generously marked and especially smoothed. Every little paragraph or scratch needs to be removed as this would later appear under the sticker. In order not to smear the sticker when applying the plaster, it is not advisable to glue this already before. It makes more sense to precisely mark the required area. For this purpose, the image is cut from the entire backing paper and the rest is stapled to the wall. Along the cutting edge can now mark the required adhesive surface.

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Optimal can be the Apply cotton plaster from bottom to top, In order to avoid accidentally staining the used wall tattoo, it is advisable to work from top to bottom in this case. Here, the plaster is applied from the ceiling to about half of the marked area and then attached the sticker.

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Apply plaster flush

It is special important that the sticker is not stuck on the already applied plaster. In order to align it exactly, the following method is recommended, which can be easily implemented with an additional helper:

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Color matching transitions
  1. Loosen a narrow strip of backing paper from the label on the side and fold it into a sharp fold.
  2. Keep the entire sticker with the backing paper on the wall, but do not stick the side strip with the backing paper removed.
  3. Now align the sticker exactly in its final position and press the strip without backing paper against the wall without wrinkles.
  4. From the glued-on strip, the backing paper can now be slowly pulled back, while a helper with vertical hand movements and a soft cloth or washcloth presses the sticker against the wall.
  5. Make sure that the sticker is not distorted. He must be guided loose and is pressed only by the vertical movements with a cloth against the wall.

If the sticker is attached, you can Carefully fill the empty edges to the cotton plaster become. Always work with the smoothing trowel away from the image. If some plaster gets on the picture, nothing speaks against it and creates a seamless transition. If a matching cotton plaster was chosen as the border of the picture, the transitions are barely visible.

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Cotton plaster with wall tattoo

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We would like to sincerely thank the company SILK PLASTER, who have provided us with the cotton plaster for this manual.

The cotton plaster was used South 941 and were needed for a wall of 2.4 m x 3.1 m about two packs, which corresponds to the manufacturer's specifications of 7 m².

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