Plastering Guide

Plastering Guide is for you if you are...

The beginner who has some diy plastering to do in their home

The person considering a career change and would like to know

more about plastering

The person who is nervous about getting quotes because they lack some knowledge on the subject

Learning how to plaster for a new career?
you can see the plastering process in our videos
Starting a project at home?
you'll need a paperback plastering guide because your computer or smart phone to not go well with plastering because of the dust and wet plaster 
Plastering yourself or hiring professionals?
when your deciding to have quotes it might be good to know how much you need the plasterers to do or how much you could do to make it cheaper, are you wondering if you need to get proffessionals? our videos  and Gallery show you everything involved when plastering 
This Plastering Guide will give you the basic knowledge you must know before starting to learn how to plaster or hiring professional plasterers
Step by Step Instructions
in the gallery below - how to plaster onto plasterboard and how we get it so smooth
Spot and stand with hawk and trowel

Spot and stand with hawk and trowel

spot top for pouring your plaster mix onto if doing large areas, hawk and trowel, the hawk to carry a small amount with you and a trowel to take plaster off the hawk and apply to wall and smooth it down

tools used everyday for plastering

tools used everyday for plastering

can you spot what is what? drill, hammer, plasterboard saw, snips, paint scraper, scrim, tape measure, lining in brush, trowling up brush, scoop, hawk, trowel.

rosie plastering

rosie plastering

mixing plaster with a 240v drill, not a big mixing drill, any heavy duty drill can hold the mixing paddle

plaster consistency

plaster consistency

plaster should be like custard or yogurt, or lava, not so runny it fall off your hawk but not so thick it is hard to move

Confidence is key and practise

Confidence is key and practise

it is a quick action that we use but if your mix is thick enough you can slow it right down, at one point your hawk will be sideways but because of the technique it is too quick for plaster to fall off, you will drop some at first

laying 1st coat plaster

laying 1st coat plaster

we can use left over mix if we are quick enough to start mixing 2nd coat and the 1st coat is firm enough, usually between 5-10 mins, 15-20 mins during winter and damp conditions

pressing down plaster

pressing down plaster

rosie pressing down her 2nd coat, this is your final press down before final trowel up, you should flatten out any lines and fill any dips while 2nd pressing, start at one corner and work your way across the top half then across the bottom half, straight strokes or curved, as long as you overlap and don't leave any lines behind

pressing down plaster

pressing down plaster

rosie pressing down her 2nd coat, this is your final press down before final trowel up, you should flatten out any lines and fill any dips while 2nd pressing, start at one corner and work your way across the top half then across the bottom half, straight strokes or curved, as long as you overlap and don't leave any lines behind

pressing down plaster

pressing down plaster

rosie pressing down her 2nd coat, this is your final press down before final trowel up, you should flatten out any lines and fill any dips while 2nd pressing, start at one corner and work your way across the top half then across the bottom half, straight strokes or curved, as long as you overlap and don't leave any lines behind

rosie plasterer

rosie plasterer

sockets are a nightmare even if flush with the wall because they fill with plaster easily, try and avoid this

lining in plaster corners

lining in plaster corners

while the plaster is firming up you can use soft brushes to spread it out or clean off surfaces, using this we can create very sharp crisp lines, if the plaster is too soft the brush will leave thick lines in it, if it is too hard the brush wont do enough to sharpen up the line or clean off the surfaces, we line in 2-4 times during the plastering set

cleaning plastering tools

cleaning plastering tools

keep your tools very clean, i know ours look covered in plaster, it will build up slowly on everything, don't let plaster dry on a bucket it will stick very well! keep the important parts of your trowel very clean the face and back edges need to be clean and shiny steel otherwise your plaster with stick to the trowel rather than the wall

2nd coating

2nd coating

spreading plaster just like the first coat but this time we will use less plaster, usually half the amount as first coat, but make a little more than half, you don't want to run out of mix, during a set, making more can start a domino effect with the time and before you know it the whole are is ruined

pressing down plaster

pressing down plaster

rosie pressing down her 2nd coat, this is your final press down before final trowel up, you should flatten out any lines and fill any dips while 2nd pressing, start at one corner and work your way across the top half then across the bottom half, straight strokes or curved, as long as you overlap and don't leave any lines behind

plastering 2nd coat

plastering 2nd coat

second coat plaster mix should be a bit runnier than the first coat mix, you are not filling out the big dips and dents but just putting and even layer of 2mm onto your first coat

always clean plastering tools

always clean plastering tools

clean your tools or buckets as soon as your finished with them, it is far too easy to forget things while plastering because there is a lot to think about

lining in plaster

lining in plaster

using our 1 inch soft brush to create beautiful sharp crisp lines, remember 2-4 times will usually do

trowling up plaster

trowling up plaster

trowling up plaster is removing the fine lines you can barely see, it is filling the dips you can barely see but mostly it is compressing it even more, making it flatter and stronger and smoother for paint, we use a 5 inch soft! brush to apply a minimal! amount of water to sq mtr or so and stroke the trowel over it again in the same way we pressed it down, overlapping and getting rid of the lines from your trowel as you go

trowling up plaster

trowling up plaster

trowling up plaster is removing the fine lines you can barely see, it is filling the dips you can barely see but mostly it is compressing it even more, making it flatter and stronger and smoother for paint, we use a 5 inch soft! brush to apply a minimal! amount of water to sq mtr or so and stroke the trowel over it again in the same way we pressed it down, overlapping and getting rid of the lines from your trowel as you go

lining up plaster

lining up plaster

while the plaster is firming up you can use soft brushes to spread it out or clean off surfaces, using this we can create very sharp crisp lines, if the plaster is too soft the brush will leave thick lines in it, if it is too hard the brush wont do enough to sharpen up the line or clean off the surfaces, we line in 2-4 times during the plastering set

polishing plaster

polishing plaster

polishing plaster can mean two thing, on site it simply mean running your trowel over the wall to flatten even more and smooth even more straight after the wet trowling up but still ok for painting, the other term polishing can mean polished plaster, no paint just super shiny plaster and all the grit comes through and you can see all the different colours, mostly pink still but like polished concrete with much smaller stones

lining in plaster

lining in plaster

if your brush leave obvious lines the plaster is too wet or the brush is too stiff

metal beading for plaster work

metal beading for plaster work

plastering around external corners need beading in most case unless you have curved corners, metal beads for plastering create perfect straight lines although they can bend slightly over distances, and some amateurs mange to bend and twist them, make sure your bead is confortable when fixed in place

metal beading for plastering

metal beading for plastering

plastering around external corners need beading in most case unless you have curved corners, metal beads for plastering create perfect straight lines although they can bend slightly over distances, and some amateurs mange to bend and twist them, make sure your bead is confortable when fixed in place

stuart plasterer 3mm beading

stuart plasterer 3mm beading

3mm thincoat plaster bead for external corners

plaster undercoat browning

plaster undercoat browning

browning or bonding coat is undercoat plaster for finish plaster, use on masonry, over fill area slightly then drag off excess with anything straight but clean it before browning or bonding coat start to firm, it sticks to surfaces while it is still wet

browning or bonding coat plaster

browning or bonding coat plaster

browning or bonding coat is undercoat plaster for finish plaster, use on masonry, over fill area slightly then drag off excess with anything straight but clean it before browning or bonding coat start to firm, it sticks to surfaces while it is still wet

under coat plaster browning

under coat plaster browning

browning or bonding coat is undercoat plaster for finish plaster, use on masonry, over fill area slightly then drag off excess with anything straight but clean it before browning or bonding coat start to firm, it sticks to surfaces while it is still wet

Check out this sped up short video of the same plastering set as in the gallery step by step instructions
 
 
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Confidence is key and practise

it is a quick action that we use but if your mix is thick enough you can slow it right down, at one point your hawk will be sideways but because of the technique it is too quick for plaster to fall off, you will drop some at first