All About Plastering

I work as both a plasterere and a plastering instructor.

Here I write about things that crop up in my day to day work, that I think may be of help to anyone wanting to find out a bit more about plastering.

Jan 18, 2018

Bond first or straight to skim?

Hi Paul, I put some bondingCoat on the ceiling (over artex) last may. New job and new addition to the family has meant I've only just got back to it.

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Jan 08, 2018

Board Joints

When skimming over plasterboard joints (scrimmed) I sometimes find they firm up sooner than the rest of the wall and leave me with visible ridges after

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Oct 03, 2017

skirting boards

Fixing skirting boards; before or after skim. I'm about to reskim a room and will be replacing skirts anyway. I was taught at college (20years ago on a

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Aug 17, 2017

Uneven finish ....sand it maybe?

Hi Paul, Just skimmed over some old rough looking plaster, although it was Fairly stable/flat and not all falling off. I'm not happy with my finish because

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Jul 20, 2017


Hi Paul, I have put a thin layer of hardwall plaster over soft red brick but I couldn't complete the wall on the same day. Its now dried out and needs

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May 24, 2017

Plastering around ceiling spots

Hi Paul, I'm about to skim over an painted artex ceiling. I vaguely remember from a plastering course two years ago that I'll need to scrape the bumps

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May 17, 2017

Obtaining a smooth polished finish

Hi, I have recently skim coated over an old asbestos ceiling in our hallway. Which I thought was polished nicely - but after putting on a thin coat of

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Apr 18, 2017

Skimming walls that have patches of paper on them...

Hi, we are due to get our bedroom completely skimmed over, but have found as it's an old 1930's house, the layers of wallpaper are very stubborn to remove!

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Apr 18, 2017


Hi Paul. Im taking on a dining room, with a lot of pipe work in there. How best DL tiu deal with plastering in or around pipework? Is it best to feather

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Mar 21, 2017

skim coat

Hi Paul, thanks for the great videos they have been very helpful. However I have done a backing coat not very well and it's a little bit bumpy so was wondering

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Mar 06, 2017

Plastering Small Walls

hi paul, I was just wondering if you have any advise for plastering smaller walls? I can get good results on larger walls but seem to struggle with smaller

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Mar 06, 2017

How to repair lots of blown Plaster and cracks on walls

Hi, Can you please advise me what to do to prepare walls which are blown in a lot of different places. We are renovating our whole house and every wall

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Feb 20, 2017

small holes can be seen after dry

I have been skimmed few walls. After the wall dried, I can see holes with 1mm depth and size varies. I cannot see the holes when the plaster still wet

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Feb 16, 2017

Flat Plaster

How flat is flat in terms of plaster? I'm not a plaster but I often have need of a good one on renovations, so far I haven't had much luck. It's been suggested

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Jan 30, 2017

corner beads for replaster

Hello, I want to skim my bedroom as removing wall paper has left the walls in a mess. should i fit corner beads around the window recess and if so, would

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