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Previously Asked Questions

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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 …

wavy finish 
When attempting to skim on plasterboard it seems to dry with waves in, as though the water has got through to the paper and caused it ripple. Frankly, …

Can skim be affected by water that is too cold?  
Skimming yesterday in very cold temperatures the skim was going 'furry', not behaving in the normal manner. Impossible to get a perfect finish. Going setting …

stripes 
I have been plastering for over ten years and over the past year I have developed a problem when skimming. When I skiiim stripes begin to appear and it …

ONLY ONE COAT Not rated yet
Hi This is probably an easy one to solve for professional plasterers. While skimming I completed only a single coat on one third of the wall. I was called …

Problem Plastering Ceilings  Not rated yet
Hi I can't seem to get the same finish as I do when plastering a ceiling. Walls are absolutely fine. No problem. However when I plaster a ceiling it's …

Adding more skimming later Not rated yet
My first skimming project is on plasterboard in window reveals. I have beads on the corner but no guides on the frame. The multi finish is wavy not straight …

Uneven finish Not rated yet
I have plastered and am unhappy with the finish it is un even and looks really bad, can I plaster over the top, I have put a coat of paint on the wall? …

The Skim Coat Drying too quickly Not rated yet
Hi I am new to plastering and have found issues with it going off too quick although I have used PVA. Is this because I am applying it too thinly and …

Small dips here and there Not rated yet
Hi there, im able to achieve a quite polished finish but I keep getting shallow dips, most are smallish. I just wondered am I doing something wrong. They …

Plaster cracked  Not rated yet
Hi Paul I have been plastering my bathroom and although I am going to tile it I wanted the practice of plastering. What I noticed was half the wall …

Too Hot Not rated yet
Skimming new wall and the plaster is going off too quick, the first wall was very small and was lovely, but the second wall i could not keep up! Also …

Re-Skimming Plasterboard again!! Not rated yet
Hi I have just skimmed over plasterboards and now have pockets of air in the skimmed surface. It seems as if the paper has come away from plasterboard …

Skimmimg over an old high gloss, oil based paint Not rated yet
I want to skim the toilet in my 1927 built house, but unfortunately the walls are painted in the old fashioned oil based gloss paint. What is the best …

Re skimmed plaster cracking Not rated yet
We have recently built an Orangery and used a plasterer we have used before but on a small conservatory, the Orangery being a bigger area to plaster. After …

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