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Plastering FAQ

We’ve put together a selection of commonly asked questions to help you find quick, clear answers about plastering.

What does a plasterer do?
Professional plasterers apply a finish to surfaces inside and outside buildings.  Plastering achieves a smooth, even face with a ‘single piece’ appearance.
When is plastering needed?
Among other applications, plastering is commonly used to:
  1. stop and join plasterboard walls and ceilings
  2. install cornice and plaster features like ceiling roses
  3. cover and smooth rough surfaces like brickwork
Why hire a professional plasterer?
A good smooth plastering finish requires the right expertise.  You’ll get better plaster and a quality job from a plasterer with the acquired knowledge and skill.
How much will plastering cost?
This depends on the size and complexity of the job.  Use Compare Quotes to obtain costs from quality tested plasterers.
How do I prepare my room/work area for the plasterers?
Begin by removing as much of the furniture and fittings as possible.  See our plastering checklist for more plastering preparations like:
  1. cover all carpet
  2. keep cold fresh water and power easily accessible
  3. ensure in and out access is constant and clear
  4. keep path between work area and exit covered
  5. maintain good ventilation
Do I need to remove my carpet before plastering?
No.  Simply ensure all carpets are fully covered and protected.
What types of plaster are there?
There are many different types of plaster.  The most commonly used plasters are gypsum-based and cement-based.
What is gypsum plaster used for?
Gypsum plaster is the white powdery mix used mostly indoors.  Gypsum plaster comes in three main types:  browning, bonding and metal lathing.
What is cement plaster used for?
Cement-based plaster is the coarser, grey mix used mostly outdoors.  Cement-based plaster copes better with damp and can also used in these locations.

What causes plaster to fail?

Most often, plaster fails due to moisture problems.  Or, in walls and ceilings, a finish coat may become loose or deteriorate.
How soon can I paint my new plaster?
You must wait until plaster is completely dry.  Generally, wait at least seven days or until the plaster has changed colour from dark to light.
Should I treat walls after plastering?
This is recommended.  Use special 'sealer' paint made specifically for application over new plaster.
Does my sagging ceiling need complete re-plastering?
To achieve a smooth professional finish, new plasterboard and plaster is recommended.  Patching for leak damage is possible but quite noticeable.
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