Are you looking to start a career in plastering or just fancy a bit of DIY? Whichever it is you need to be sure that you have the right skill and patience before you begin.
To get plastering to the standard of professionals, you need to have time to practice. Try starting small, before plastering a house from top to bottom, including the ceilings.
If you are planning on adding a coat of plaster to a new plasterboard, here are the tools you will need:
• Plastering trowel
• Large mixing bucket
• Clean bucket
• Power drill and paddle accessory
• Angle beading for external corners
• Multi finish plaster
• Scrim tape for board joints
For an unskilled professional this may take a few days to complete. Do not try to plaster the entire wall in just one day.
First, make sure that the area is clear of all obstacles, such as furniture, then lay plastic sheets on to the floor. Tape plasterboard joints with scrim tape and screw metal angle beads to external corners to reinforce them. After you have done all the preparation, you can start to mix the plaster.
Make sure you have read the instructions on how to mix the plaster carefully. Remember to add the plaster to the water, and not the other way around for best results. The plaster needs to be creamy and slightly thick, and not containing any lumps. Mixing with an electric drill or a paddle accessory are the best tools to get the right consistency.
The next step is to apply a base coat by placing plaster to the hawk; about one full trowel. Then, put half on the wall by keeping your wrist straight and flicking it with the hawk holding hand. Work from the bottom of the wall up to the top, applying smooth strokes keeping the mix at about 2mm thick on the wall.
By using a clean paintbrush remove lumps and lines that may have formed. You will then need to let the plaster harden slightly, which will take up to 20 minutes. Use the trowel at a shallow angle, and smooth it over the surface of the wall.
You have now reached the last stage of plastering your wall. This is the polishing and drying stage. Leave the plaster for about another 40 minutes to dry some more, before attempting to polish the plaster. Wet the trowel and with the paintbrush flick water on to the plastered wall. Slide the wet trowel over the surface to fill in any imperfections. Start with sweeping strokes, then end the polishing with long continual strokes.
Now you can clean your tools and sit back to admire all your hard work. Remember that the drying times are approximate. You may need to leave it longer, depending on your skill and time.