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.

Aug 07, 2018

Patched plaster not flush

Hi, Before signing up to your site I patched some holes with bonding but couldnt get the patched flush with the existing wall. They're only 1-2mm proud

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Apr 19, 2018

What sort of plaster for Solid Stone Bathroom Wall

I have stripped back a bathroom wall to the stone (old house, solid stone walls), not an external wall, which used to be tiled. I do not wish to re-tile,

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Apr 19, 2018

Can skimming be affected by wallpaper paste residue

After removing wallpaper and getting rid of as much wallpaper paste residue as possible I am wondering if any that is left will affect the skimming. Should

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Apr 04, 2018

Skimming A Wall With Bulges

Hi, First thank you so much for making this course - nothing else I've found online or in print compares in quality or would have given me much chance

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Apr 04, 2018

Decorative edges around fireplace

Hi Paul, I'm working on the chimney breast as you will see from the pics. Plan is to install a woodburner, and we'd like to keep the original bricks as

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Mar 22, 2018

Flat Plaster

Hi Paul I signed up to your online plastering lessons to learn more about plastering (i'm still new at doing it). I'm running in to a routine problem

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Feb 27, 2018

Masking up and getting tight internal corners

How do you go about masking up the walls when trying to keep them clean? PVA is messy and gets everywhere and I want to prevent getting anything on the

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Jan 24, 2018

skim over bottle coving

Hi Paul, I'm about to takle the living room and thanks to your site I'm now pretty confident at skimming walls, but this particular room has coving between

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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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