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8 Easy Plastering Tips

Plastering is an essential part of any home renovation project and a task that is often embarked on as a DIY project. It’s the part of the process that can give your walls the perfect finish and provide a great canvas for a lick of paint or wallpaper to complete your room. 


Unfortunately, all too often, mistakes can be made that result in less than perfect finished results. The great news is that if all of the correct preparation steps and practices are followed, you can get fantastic finishes in DIY plastering. 

Here are 8 easy plastering tips you can follow for great results...


1. Ensure you have the right tools for the job!

There’s nothing worse than finding out you need a tool and having to go out in the middle of a job. With plastering being a time-sensitive process, it's highly recommended to get all the tools you need before starting. Here’s our quick checklist: 

 Finishing Trowel

 Window Trowel

 Inside and Outside Corner Trowels

 Bucket Trowel

 Mixing Bucket

 Hawk

 Snips

 Plasterers Float

 Mortar Stand

 Scarifier

2. Get set up!

Plastering can be messy work so it's highly recommended that protective sheets are used to protect flooring and furniture. Clear your workspace as much as possible before starting work. 

3. Carry out a full inspection on your wall 

You should be checking for dust, dirt, big holes to ensure that your walls are ready for plastering. A well-prepared service is extremely important when it comes to achieving an even smooth and long lasting finish.

4. Time the Application of PVA to your walls

It’s likely that PVA will need to be used on the surface of your walls before application if you have not prepped your wall with plasterboard. For applying, we recommend leaving your first coat of PVA overnight before with the final application timed for 1 hour before you begin your plastering work. 

5. Mix your plaster properly!

When mixing and preparing your plaster - make sure to not leave any dry lumps of plaster in your mix as this can cause lumps as well as result in the incorrect ratio of plaster and water in your mix. 

6. Don’t take too long once the plaster is mixed

As mentioned, plastering is a time-sensitive process and so once you have mixed your plaster it’s important to work at a relatively fast pace to ensure that plaster does not set before your work is complete. 

7. Keep checking your plastering work

To perfect your perfect plastering finish with your trowel, your plasterwork should be not too soft so that it feels wet to the touch, but not too dry that you cannot press down your plasterwork.

8. Get your imperfections ironed out

This is the stage in the process where all of the imperfections are corrected and your perfectly plastered wall is created. Ensure that you detect and correct lumps or trowel marks whilst your plaster is at the right consistency. 


Hire professional plasterers in Croydon, Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham

Another great option for homeowners looking for affordable and easy ways to get plastering done is to hire professional plasterers at High-Deco-UK. We specialise in decorating and home improvement and guarantee a perfect finish and a stress-free plastering experience. If you would like all stages of the process to be taken care of by professionals in their field contact High-Deco-UK on 07429710820 or write to us via our contact form

You can also contact us via our email to enquire about our services at high-deco-uk@hotmail.com