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.

Jul 03, 2023

Very old house !

Im applying a finishing coat but because it’s different thicknesses it’s drying at different times and it’s making smoothing out very difficult. Some areas

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Jul 03, 2023


Skimmed my first plaster board wall using the guide outlined on this page. Turned out quite well. 2mm multi finish coat then 1mm multifinish. When Im

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May 22, 2023

Patching up a hole exposing lath

Hi, thank you for a great site! I took out a fitted wardrobe and it has resulted in a hole in the plaster, exposing the lath. Its about an inch deep. What

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May 17, 2023

Just wanted to say thanks!


Hi Paul, I've been learning from your course, and plastered my first wall today. It was in a right state as it used to be a kitchen with tiles which

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Mar 09, 2023

Solid Plastering

Hi Paul, Many thanks for the great site! Apologies for the lengthy text. I have a joining wall in a downstairs hallway in 1910ish terraced property.

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Nov 22, 2022

It is preferable to use a worn trowel, as a new one may leave marks.

It is preferable to use a worn trowel, as a new one may leave marks. Answer Yes a worn in trowel is good - but a new one can be equally as good - by carefully

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Oct 13, 2022


Hi I am getting small bobbles in the plaster that I can't get rid of when troweling Answer They're air bubbles and the more you play around with the

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Jul 23, 2022

cracking on new plaster

We have been working on 2 different walls. 1 of the walls shows some patchy cracks while other is are ok with the same mix. what do you think is the problem

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Jul 13, 2022

Cracking - again

Hello. Tried to repair cracks on a 1968 ceiling myself; fail. Brought in a professional and he feathered both sides of the cracks with filler and made

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May 31, 2022

Skimming strip at side of door.

Hi Great videos for learning. I am struggling with skimming a strip (about 1.5 times width of trowel) down side of door. Difficult to get at and can’t

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Feb 07, 2022

How to prevent soot stain and odour bleeding through dot and dab plasterwork?

Hi Paul I don't know if you have had experience of having to dot and dab plasterboard and plaster over soot damaged areas where chimney breasts have been

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Jan 31, 2022

Carnt get smooth finish

Ever time I plaster a wall it looks good but when u touch it it feels ruff Answer A trowel up (smoothing with your trowel) in the final stages, as the

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Jan 03, 2022

When flattening

Seem to get tears and like lines in both 1st and second coats, not sure if I am flattening too soon, tried to get trowel angle between 10/15mm, if you

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Nov 10, 2021

Leaving exposed brick

I am aiming to plaster an area of my Victorian fire place that I have just broke out. I would like to plaster the front facing part but leave the brick

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Oct 08, 2021

Chimney breast removed, sooty brickwork

Hi Paul, We removed an old chimney breast and so the surface to prepare is broken brickwork but with some burnt sooty channels. Any tips on preparation

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