Plastering can be a difficult skill to master and it may take many years to become proficient. There’s nothing wrong with a little DIY if you are willing to learn. This article will give you ten tips from experts to ensure a flawless finish.
Lighting your Workspace Well
Plastering is a DIY project that requires a well-lit workspace. If you need to plaster late at night, a professional light is needed. No, your regular light bulb will not do.
Cool Room for Work
Keep your room well ventilated and turn off the radiators to avoid the plaster drying out and cracking.
Be Quick and Careful
Plastering is a skill that can be difficult to master because of the pace required. To prevent plaster from setting up before it is properly smoothed, the plaster must be applied quickly and smoothly. Most people become better at this with time.
Watch a lot of videos
You want to make it easy on yourself? Watch a lot of videos featuring professional Auckland plasterers. Note how they apply plaster to understand the correct techniques. You will have a better understanding of DIY projects if you observe professionals in action.
Begin with a Small Trowel
As the size of the trowel increases, it becomes more difficult to use. For beginners, experts suggest starting with an 11-inch trowel. Once you gain experience, you can use larger trowels to cover more surface area.
The trowel is ready, you’ve prepared your walls and mixed the plaster perfectly, but you forget to bring your ladder, work light and other important tools. To ensure efficient and tidy work, prepare your wall as well as your workspace. It’s important to have a tidy, clean workspace that is free of clutter. You should also make sure you can easily access anything else you may need.
Keep Tools Clean
For a neat, professional-looking plaster finish, it is essential to use clean tools. Do not mix dry and fresh plasters in the same bucket, unless your goal is to have chunks of plaster ruining a smooth finish. Keep a bucket full of clean water on hand so you can wash your tools when needed.
Add a Little at a time
If you are a novice, it is likely that you will work slower than an experienced plasterer. By mixing as needed, you can prevent plaster from drying out in the bucket. This will keep your mix uniform and your walls smooth.
When to invest in tools
Budget tools can be great for jobs that are on a budget, but you will want to invest in high-quality tools if you are looking to achieve a professional finish. It is important to know what tools are worth the investment. A professional trowel will help you get the desired finish, but if you opt for cheaper buckets and sheets you can still save money.
Practice skimming first
Skimming involves plastering a surface that has already been prepared, such as plasterboard. Plastering is the term that covers many plastering applications such as levelling, floating, settling, and patching.