Posted by on May 10, 2017 in Blog |

If you are a beginner to plastering then prior to starting any plastering job be sure to think about these tips and methods for proper task preparation.

1. Choose Your Location:​ If you are a newbie plasterer then you may choose to start in a spare bedroom with an existing bad surface that can only be made much better which will greatly decrease the tension on you. Remember, you can plaster skim the walls as sometimes as you like so you can constantly review a not so best job later on as you get better.

Plastering is mainly a matter of confidence and you may prefer to start in a low-pressure environment first in the past striking your very own walls for the very first time. However, don’t worry, offering you have a good plastering course to follow then you will find that this is not a long learning curve and you will be astonished how great your very first results come out.

Remember: 90% of plastering is having the self-confidence and staying with exactly what we at Crown Solid Plaster call the “Golden Solution” to the letter. If you’d like to know more about this then why not get in touch with us, you can find out contact details here

2. Make sure A Great Supply of Water: ​If cleanliness is next to Godliness then plastering is the holy trade! Ask any plasterer and you will be told the same thing, keep your devices spick-and-span and most notably tidy as you go.

As you will believe discovered, blended plaster sets really hard and sets rather quick. You might have visions of washing dried plaster off pails and devices after you have finished your job or leaving it until tomorrow however trust me, dried plaster sticks like stone and you require to tidy completely and continuously as you go.

There are factors for this:

– Plaster cleans up off much more easily when wet.

– Plastering devices will usually require changing if plaster is not cleaned up off with water before it dries and this can get expensive and is inefficient.

– Any flecks of dried plaster in your pails or on your devices from previous sessions will later break off to contaminate future batches of plaster. This can spell catastrophe as these little gremlins will trigger streaks or “pulls” in your finish causing you endless aggravation and bad results.

– Contamination in brand-new batches of plaster can result in the drying time of plaster being adversely affected as you will learn and this will cause turmoil to applying the “Golden Formula” as used by a lot of plasterers.

– Contaminated plaster can’t be utilized and will require to be gotten rid of costing time and loan.

– A great tradesperson is a tidy one and careless processes lead to careless work and unhappy customers

To guarantee a tidy task you will need a good supply of clean fresh water. This can be a problem on some building sites where there is no running water. Also, since plaster and plasterers can get untidy you must avoid utilizing your very own or your consumer’s kitchen area sink where possible. Fill plenty of containers of water ahead of time for mixing and cleaning and keep in mind that plaster can obstruct drains so avoid flushing excessive plaster slurry down the drains. Dispose of water unclean with plaster down a main outdoor drain not a sink drain (we have not yet written Mastering Pipes!). In particular, always keep your containers and trowel tidy and ensure you only use perfectly tidy water for blending with plaster. As a rule, if you wouldn’t drink it do not utilize it for blending plaster.

Just ever utilize clean and really fresh water for mixing plaster. If you do not then your plaster will “go off” (i.e. set) to quickly and will have to be discarded. So, as a guideline ..

 – Never utilize plaster that is going off – plaster is cheap so toss it away and start once again.

– Never use plaster that is infected with anything.

3. Enable yourself the time to get the task done: Plastering in fact progresses a lot quicker than many individuals picture however it still takes some time. A big part of your time will be establishing and cleaning up away so plastering is not the example you can spend the odd hour on here and there, if you want to skip the trouble then we recommend getting in touch with experts in plastering and rendering like Crown Solid You truly need at least a half day (3 to 4 hours) at it to make up for the time it requires to blend the plaster, cover and finish your wall or walls and after that spick-and-span away. My suggestions is to allow a minimum of 2 to 3 hours for the plastering (the time needed for a common wall as a beginner) and an hour in either case for established and clean up. So, to provide you a concept, yes you can get house from work at night and make some progress on your walls right after your supper but anticipate to be rinsing your equipment at midnight! But hey, its much better than watching TV so don’t let me stop you. Better still permit yourself a complete weekend to have a chance to obtain an entire room done as an overall beginner.

4. Make certain that you have planned the job:

My recommendations is not to bite off more than you can chew for starters. Plastering is constantly a race against the clock as I discuss in my course when talking about the stages of the Golden Solution and how it works. Therefore, trying to plaster a whole room at once as a beginner (i.e. attempting to work on all 4 walls at the same time) will not be possible and quickly turn exactly what should be a rewarding job into bad experience in which absolutely nothing gets done to an excellent level.

I’d recommend as a novice beginning with just 1 surface area at a time and feel free to leave the bigger walls till last. All plasterers understand in advance precisely what they intend to achieve that day and plan accordingly. Always prevent biting off more than you can chew due to the fact that if you do you will rapidly choke!

Make certain that before you start you have gone through the devices checklist and have adequate plaster for the task as when you start plastering and are overcoming the Golden Formula you will not have enough time to leave the job long enough to nip out for more products.

And lastly, another word of caution:

Always shut off your mains power when plastering anywhere near any electrical socket, switch, light fitting or device. Blended plaster is primarily water based and as I make certain you understand, blending water and electricity is a potentially deadly mix. If in doubt always seek the suggestions of a certified electrical expert and building surveyor prior to starting any plastering work.