If you’re considering leaping into the world of plastering, it’s important to remember that plastering is a skill usually done by a time served expert for a reason. They have practised their craft over many years to attain a certain standard. But it is perfectly reasonable to say that you can do it yourself, but the finished result may not be the same. However, using the right tools and taking in all the information available online makes it possible to do an adequate job.
Getting the Right Tools
It is crucial to have the correct equipment when taking on a skilled task such as plastering. It is also worth paying a little extra for the professionals’ tools as they are better suited to the job, and you can always sell them online afterwards if you do not use them. The critical tools required to plaster successfully are:
- Plastering/Finishing trowel – choose a high-quality stainless-steel trowel, and these can be curved for a better finish and are light and evenly weighted.
- Hawk Board holds the wet plaster you are working with; plastic ones are lighter, but the wooden ones last longer, but both are fine.
- Bucket trowel – specially designed to move plaster from the bucket to hawk board.
- Power mixer – it’s possible to mix plaster by hand but not recommended; using a paddle attachment to a hand drill is far easier unless you have access to a professional plaster mixing machine.
- Paintbrush and/or spray bottle – it is crucial to keep your trowel clean, and you can use both for applying water to your plaster.
- Mixing buckets – if possible, use proper plaster mixing buckets, with one that will hold the mixed product while the other has clean water for use as previously stated.
Using the Correct Plaster
When assessing the work required and looking to buy plaster, it is essential to get the correct type of plaster for the finish you want. There are many different types of plaster, all with varying characteristics and subtle changes in using them. Take some time to look at what sort of plaster is available and suitable for the finish you want.
Assessing the Surface Area
Before starting to plaster, it’s essential to inspect the area to be worked on, and if it’s fresh new plasterboard, it doesn’t need any preparation. However, if it is an old wall with existing plaster, then you’ll need to do some work before you start plastering. Old plaster is a low suction surface, so it will need treating with a PVA solution, and it is mixed with water and applied to create a surface to which the plaster can adhere. It is also crucial that the surface to be covered is clean and free from dust or other particles that may hamper the plaster sticking to the wall.
Before You Get Started
So, you’ve got the tools and prepared the area; take some time to access the wealth of online how-to guides for more information on specific parts of the plastering process. Tasks like mixing your plaster, applying the plaster, and getting a smooth final finish are critical, and you can get expert tips from these online self-help articles. With those articles and the essential points covered, you should be well equipped to give plastering a go and get cracking!