When people think about plastering, they usually picture professionals working in the trade. Nevertheless, the recent popularity of DIY projects has caused many individuals to become interested in doing small projects and home renovations. Fortunately, some aspects of plastering do not require years of experience. With a moderate amount of skill, you can quickly produce satisfactory results. Some projects suitable for DIY include the following:
- Skimming plaster over a plasterboard surface or the surface of an entire room that is ready for decoration.
- Repairing plaster finish using a patched skim finish technique.
- Installing plasterboard to a ceiling or wooden frame using nails and screws.
All work related to plastering requires a set of special tools including plastering trowels. If you can somehow manage your skill level and handle plastering tools correctly, you will produce good results.
The tools required for plaster work
The first step to any plaster work is to have your plastering tools ready. For DIY projects, you can invest in quality plasterers tools UK retailers sell, made by some of the best manufacturers recognised in the trade. A plastering trowel of the right size is also necessary to match your skill level. Here is a list of plastering tools UKretailers usually stock, and every DIY plasterer needs to have:
- Hand Trowel
- Hand board
- Finishing Trowel
- Other accessories as required for the project
Some accessories you may need are scrim tapes and other special trowels for applying plaster to corners and hard to reach areas.
Novice plasterers need to use Multi Finish render material in skimming over plasterboard. While many people choose Board Finish for this purpose, it tends to go off too quickly, and a novice plasterer may have a hard time managing the plaster material.
Plaster patch repair
You can fix small areas of a wall where a portion of the plaster has fallen off using patch repair. The patch can be repaired using bonding material before skimming over with plaster. Here are the steps to patch repair:
- Divide the area into two parts. Start applying plaster over the top half of the damaged area. To avoid cracking or slumping, apply the plaster in thickness of not more than 15mm. Repeat the process on the other half of the damaged area. You can slowly build the coat up until the resulting finish is even.
- Next, use a plasterers darby to smooth the applied plaster and level it with the old plaster.
Give the surface one final skimming with a hand trowel. Be careful not to make the surface too smooth; otherwise, the skim coat may blister. Wait for the surface to dry before re-skimming the surface if necessary.
Plastering is a skill that requires frequent practice. Professional plasterers credit experience for their expertise and not reading books or watching instructional videos. While instructional materials identify the rules and provide you with technical information, there is no other way to become better at plaster work than practice. For a novice plasterer, a DIY project is the first step to learning the necessary skills required to make plastering a viable trade.
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