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Oakland Plaster Repair | The Patch Boys of Oakland

Over time, you might notice your plaster walls and ceilings begin to crack or crumble. These cracks and holes in your plaster can happen when the seasons change, when your home sustains water damage, or as a result of everyday settling and wear-and-tear. If you’re dealing with plaster that’s cracked or falling apart, The Patch Boys has you covered. We proudly serve homeowners in Oakland, Walnut Creek, Concord, and the surrounding areas.



  • Cracked or brittle plaster
  • Wall Resurfacing
  • Plaster Restoration
  • Holes in the wall
  • Damage due to house settlement
  • Match surface texture and prepare for painting
  • Optional painting


Why Count on The Patch Boys for Your Plaster Repair?

When you repair your plaster walls or ceilings, you’re not just making cosmetic repairs, you’re also maintaining the integrity (and value!) of your home. Turning to a professional plaster wall repair company like The Patch Boys can make a big difference in the quality, appearance, and longevity of your results. The Oakland Area homeowners know they can count on us for Oakland’s best plaster repairs. Here’s how our process is different.

  • Proper Care and Attention Plaster can become brittle over time, so it’s important to take careful consideration when repairing it properly. We know how to assess plaster to understand the full extent of damage and determine all necessary repairs to restore your plaster to pristine condition. 
  • We don’t just cover up the damage – Our knowledge of plaster repair techniques goes beyond surface-level fixes. We take the entire composition of the plaster into account when making our repairs, all the way down to the framework. Our work is thorough and complete to ensure the longevity of the repair.
  • Tried and True Techniques – We employ a well-tested, systematic plaster repair process using the latest technology to strengthen and reinforce your plaster. One way we do this is by securing the surrounding material with fasteners to support the repair and maintain the integrity of the wall behind the plaster.

Our comprehensive process for plaster repair was built on years of experience completing residential plaster repair jobs. We know that small holes and cracks can add up to a big stress for Oakland area homeowners. The Patch Boys of Oakland will give you peace of mind, ensuring your plaster is strong, secure, and beautiful.


The Patch Boys Treat Your Home With Respect

Our technicians are trained, experienced, and insured. We pride ourselves on our superior customer service and top-quality results. You’re our neighbors, and we take serving our community seriously. The Patch Boys team will treat your home – and your plaster – with the utmost care and respect throughout the entire plaster repair process. We’ll make sure that no dust, dirt, or mess is left behind after the repair job is done. All you’ll be left with is perfectly repaired plaster. You won’t even be able to tell there was any damage in the first place!

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My Three Favorite Products for Minor Plaster Repair

Since we are diving right into two bathroom renovations, the main bathroom, and the guest bath, I wanted to highlight three of my favorite products for minor plaster repair. Last weekend, on IG stories, I talked a little bit about them. Today, I am discussing each product in-depth.

Over the years, we have used plenty of products that made our lives harder. We learned our lesson, and these three are now our go-to choices for minor repairs to plaster,

UGL Spackling Paste

UGL brand spackling paste, readily available at big box stores, comes in both a lite and traditional formula. During stories, I said that I did not have a favorite spackle. However, that’s not entirely true since I always seek out this brand.

I prefer the regular 222 over the lite when I need to apply it with a putty knife. It sticks to the knife well and spreads smoothly and evenly. The lite version often crumbles and falls out which is frustrating. The lite version does work well for small holes as long as I am not using a putty knife. I find that my finger is the most effective tool available for filling small holes and divots.

(Tip: I use finger cots (affiliate link) to protect my finger when I apply spackle this way. These little latex covers are also available at your local pharmacy.)

I prefer UGL spackle over other brands because:

  • The consistency is uniform every time I open the container, even when I am down to the last inch or so in the bucket.
  • It smooths on easily with a putty knife or a finger. (See my tips for regular 222 vs. lite up above.)
  • It dries without cracking even when I use a significant amount in the deep holes.
  • UGL spackle sands easily.

USG All-Purpose Joint Compound

When I discovered this product, it completely changed my outlook on minor plaster repair. Before I found the USG brand, I used to dread the process of repairing the walls in BHH. All of the other skim-coating products that we tried were thick and sticky, dry and crumbly, or were difficult to sand. Wall prep took ages.

I cannot even remember which room I was working on when I used the USG All-purpose Joint Compound for the first time, but we always keep a bucket of it in the basement now. It is available at big box retailers in ready-made and mix-your-own formulas. The mix-your-own is cheaper if you are working on an extensive project. I buy the ready-made bucket since I use it only for small repairs, and it keeps well as long as the lid is secured firmly in place.

I like USG All-Purpose Joint Compound because:

  • It smooths onto the wall like butter. (like buttah!)
  • It sands easily,
  • After proper sanding, this joint compound blends in perfectly with smooth plaster. The wall looks flawless and ready for a primer or sealer and paint.

Note: As a general rule, here at BHH, we try not to skim coat entire walls. So far, it has not been necessary. Knock on wood. For full plaster repair, Big Wally’s Plaster Magic and Master of Plaster offer excellent products for complete restoration. Alex, at Old Town Home, has used both products very successfully. Check out his (and Wendy’s) blog for tips and tutorials. When/If we ever need to repair chunks of plaster instead of cracks, we will learn the restoration process. 

Zinsser Guardz Problem Surface Sealer

The Zinsser Guardz is a new-to-me product. We first used it on the chalkboard wall in the library during the 2017 spring One Room Challenge.

After we removed the wallpaper, spots of adhesive residue dotted the entire wall. I made the mistake of priming and painting right over that in M’s bedroom. Now, the paint in her room is bubbling in some places, and it came off altogether in a few spots where I taped things to the wall. That’s a dilemma to solve at another time. I was not anxious to repeat my mistake in the library, so I took a chance with the Zinsser Guardz, and It worked like a charm.

Zinsser offers a wide array of problem surface primers and sealers. The Guardz is the consistency of thinned glue, and it dries mostly clear. A little goes a long way. I bought two quarts, and I used about 1/3 of one quart for the wall in the library. This sealer is a little harder to find in a big box store. A small chain store such as Valu or Ace is a good place to look. I have noticed that Ace seems to stock more specialized products like this one.

I will be using this sealer in the main bathroom since Andy removed the wallpaper. Just to be cautious, I called Rust-Oleum, who makes Zinsser products to see if the Guardz would hold up in a humid room like a bathroom.  I wanted to make sure the paint would not bubble in the future. They assured me that since Zinsser Guardz is formulated for all types of rooms and climates, it is perfect for our bathroom project.

Zinsser Guardz is a useful product because:

  • It coats problems surfaces so paint adheres properly.
  • Applying it with a roller is easy.
  • A little goes a long way.

The Steps We Follow For Minor Plaster Repair

Now that I have outlined the products that I use regularly, it might be unclear how each one fits into the process. For each minor wall repair, we follow these steps in order:

  1. Remove the wallpaper.
  2. Wash the walls with tsp-substitute.
  3. Fill small holes and divots with UGL Spackle.
  4. Sand
  5. Skim coat thin cracks with USG all-purpose Joint Compound. (Wide cracks may require the Frankenwall method or a full restoration using the Big Wally’s or Master of Plaster that I mentioned above.)
  6. Sand
  7. Sand the entire wall to perfection. I make sure that the texture of the walls looks and feels exactly like I want it to before I paint.
  8. Roll on a coat of Zinsser Guardz as if it were a traditional primer.
  9. Follow the Zinsser Guardz with the latex paint.

If you have any questions about these products or the method for using them, please feel free to ask. I find that while each room may look different upon completion, the basics of prep for each one stay the same.

Have you used any of these three products? If so, I would love to hear about your experience.

Grating decorative plaster FEIDAL Kratzputz

Grating acrylic structural plaster

Forms a durable surface with a uniformly grained “fur coat” effect.

Purpose: for creating decorative coatings on wall surfaces on facades, plinths of buildings, including surfaces subjected to high operational loads, as well as indoors. It is applied on any mineral substrates – concrete, cement, plasters, drywall and so on.

Key benefits:

  • increased wear resistance;
  • resistant to mechanical and climatic stresses;
  • perfectly withstands seasonal temperature fluctuations;
  • for indoor and outdoor use;
  • tintable;
  • vapor permeable;
  • ecological product.

Composition: acrylic copolymer, fillers, functional additives, pigments, water.

Tinting: NCS, RAL, NOVA, DAWN fan tinting – can be tinted with special FEIDAL equipment.

Substrate preparation: The substrate must be free of grease, oil, dust and other contaminants. Exfoliated parts of the base must be removed. Remove mold, moss and fungus mechanically and treat the affected areas with Feidal Schimmel-Ex. Prime the substrate with Feidal Tiefgrund LF Konzentrat or Universal Acrylgrund LF. It is recommended to apply a second primer coat with Feidal Streichputz plaster primer, preferably tinted to match the finish coat.

In-situ concrete and other non-absorbent substrates:

For bonding in-situ concrete, glossy smooth surfaces and other non-absorbent substrates, we recommend using Feidal Streichputz, preferably tinted in the color of the finish coat.

Application: Apply the plaster to the prepared surface with a stainless steel trowel, level with a trowel in a circular motion until a uniform grained surface is obtained. In case of application on a façade, it is recommended to paint the plastered surface with a façade paint such as Feidal Acryl Fassadenfarbe or Feidal Silikon Fassadenfarbe to increase the service life. In order to avoid differences in shade, we recommend stocking a sufficient amount of plaster from one lot for applying a continuous surface. In the case of using materials from different batches, we recommend applying a mixture of new and old batches at a ratio of 1:1 to the joints and organizing the work so that the joints are in an inconspicuous place, preferably at the corners.

Work at t from +5º to +35ºС. Relative air humidity should not exceed 65%. The optimum temperature for work is + 15ºС – + 25ºС. Avoid moisture ingress and temperature drop below +5ºС until the material is completely dry.

Drying time: resistance to touch after 2-4 hours at +20°C and 65% humidity. Complete polymerization occurs within 1 month, during this period the coating should not be washed or subjected to mechanical stress.

Consumption: 2 – 4.5 kg/sq.m. depending on the grain size of the material and the thickness of the layer.

Tool cleaning: water.

Storage: in a tightly closed manufacturer’s container at temperatures above +5ºС to +35ºС. Do not freeze! It is possible to produce a frost-resistant modification, as evidenced by additional marking on the container.

Shelf life: 24 months from date of manufacture.

Safety precautions: Dispose of as household waste. Keep away from children. In case of contact with eyes, rinse with water. In liquid form, the material is hazardous to water, so do not allow it to enter water bodies.

999 Classic gypsum plaster (30 kg) – at a price of 409 rubles. in Voronezh.


Dry mixes


999 Classic gypsum plaster (30 kg)

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999 Classic hand applied gypsum plaster (30 kg)
Hand applied gypsum plaster for leveling walls and ceilings inside dry heated rooms.

  • Characteristics
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Color White
Viability 45 min
Beginning of setting not earlier than 45 min
End of setting no later than 180 min
Thickness of the applied layer up to 30 mm
Adhesion strength with the base, not less than 0.5 MPa
Mixture consumption per 1 m 2 with a layer of 10 mm 10 kg
Shelf life 6 months

Payment methods

  • Cash (on delivery by courier)

  • Bank card (Mir, MasterCard, Visa)

  • Bank transfer (details by phone + 7 (473) 220-28-20)


Opening hours: Mon-Fri from 09-18

Estimated shipping costs are calculated on the website when placing an order. The final cost is indicated when the application is confirmed by the manager.

The order is agreed on the date and time of delivery. An hour before the appointed time, the courier will contact you. Waiting time for a client by a courier is up to 15 minutes. Re-delivery is charged separately.

Surface preparation
The base must be dry, solid, free from dust, dirt, oil stains and delaminations. Treat metal elements with an anti-corrosion agent. Treat highly absorbent substrates with a universal primer. Treat weakly absorbent bases with a primer of the Betonokontakt type. When plastering on the “beacons”, fix the “beacon” profiles vertically on the surface of the base using “999 Classic” plaster or gypsum mounting adhesive, while the distance between the installed profiles should be less than the length of the h-rule used for leveling. Fasten the corner profile to the outer corners.
Plaster preparation:
Pour the dry mixture into a clean plastic container filled with clean water at room temperature, based on the ratio of 0. 45-0.55 liters per 1 kg of dry mixture, and mix until smooth with a professional mixer or drill with a nozzle. Let stand 2-3 minutes. If necessary, add dry mix or water to obtain the desired consistency and mix again.
Within 45 minutes from the moment of mixing, apply the resulting solution to the wall with a layer of 5-30 mm thick using a plastering falcon or throwing with a trowel. Plaster the ceiling only in one layer 5-20 mm thick.
Level the applied mortar using the h-rule. If necessary, to obtain a thicker layer on the walls, make notches on the unhardened first layer with a plaster comb and apply a second layer after the first has dried.
For the fastest drying of the plaster, it is recommended to provide good ventilation in the room. Drying time depends on the thickness of the plaster layer, temperature and humidity in the room and averages 5-7 days with a thickness of 10 mm. After drying, it is recommended to treat the plaster with a primer for subsequent finishing.