Plastering For Dummies

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Plastering For Dummies

It is most often brick, block, concrete or plasterboard that forms the background for plastering.

Cement based plaster however is primarily used for outdoors, with its general use being rendering. This type of plaster can also be used indoors for areas that are susceptible to damp and require a greater thickness of plaster to cover it.

Plastering cannot be improvised. You should not try and improve or simplify the processes of plastering demonstrated in your plastering course (at least until you are a true master of the trade).

With the modern trend for plastered walls painted with neutral and pastel colours coming back into fashion, there are a lot of artexed walls and ceilings, which require plastering over.

Artex can be plastered over quite easily with a little bit of plastering skill and DIY know-how. This article will talk you through the important point to consider when plastering over artex.

Mixing is a very important phase in a plastering job. With the help of a mixer drill the mixing plaster can be made easily, especially if the quantity is large.

To achieve the best results from your plaster you should add plaster and water in equal measurements this should be done in a clean bucket using clean water and should be mixed until the plaster is a creamy constituency.

Don't - forget to wash all your tools and buckets once you are finished otherwise you will make it harder for yourself the next time.

If you are a novice plasterer then you might prefer to start in a spare bedroom with an existing poor finish that can only be made better which will greatly reduce the stress on you. Remember, you can plaster skim the walls as many times as you like so you can always go over a not so perfect job later as you get better.

The plastering trowel with the pre-worn shape blade is ready to use. When it is used, it does not leave any scratch lines. It is fitted with a durasoft handle so that it is comfortable to hold it. The blade is pure stainless steel.

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