How to Plaster a Ceiling

how to plaster a ceiling

Learn how to skim a ceiling - the basic diy skills needed for obtaining a flat even coat of plaster. Plastering a ceiling is possible for a beginner - but it is important to have an understanding of the stages of skimming and how the trowel can work for you. Probably the best tip: is to not stand directly under your trowel, to avoid getting any plaster in your eye. Skimming over artex ceilings is possible - if not a bit harder due to the thickness that needs to be applied

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This is a very quick explanation of skimming.

Full How to Plaster Video (Run Time: 1 hour 15 minutes, plus lots of other videos added all the time)

Explains the process of skimming - the 6 stages are exactly the same, whether your plastering a wall or a ceiling.

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The Video Includes:

General Plastering Knowledge

  • What materials to use
  • Hawk & trowel control
  • How to prepare your wall and control the suction

    Backing Coat

  • When a backing coat is needed
  • Purpose of a backing coat
  • How to apply backing coat
  • How to obtain a perfectly flat backing coat


  • How to fix angle beads


  • This finish coat should be 2-3 mm thick. There are approximately 6 stages to complete but knowing when to move from one stage to the next is important. If you see no improvement from the previous stage, and you feel you're going round in circles, then the plaster may need to firm up a bit more.

  • How to apply a skim finish and keep it flat
  • Learn the process of skimming
  • Explains the 6 stages of skimming
  • The skills needed to obtain a clean slightly polished surface
  • How to obtain perfectly formed corners


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