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Chip-cracked plaster, either the base or finish coat.
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chip cracks, eggshelling

Same as checking except that the edges of the cracks are raised or pulled away from the plaster base, resulting in the loss of bond.

eggshell, eggshelling

A semimatte glaze or porcelain enamel surface resembling eggshell in texture; sometimes a defect.
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