Plastering is the process of applying a protective or decorative coating on rough walls and uneven surfaces of houses and other structures. It uses plaster, a building material made up of lime, cement concrete, and sand along with a certain quantity of water. Traditional plastering requires cautious preparation of a plaster surface. If it is your first time taking on a plastering job, take some time to read these do’s and do nots to prevent any mishaps from happening.
Before You Start Plastering
Get your materials a day before so you can mix your plaster as early as possible. If you are plastering a wall that has dried out, wet the section before skimming. Make sure to brush away all the dirt and debris off the surface.
Don’t thicken the plaster mixture as this is difficult to keep flat and tends to be much heavier. The perfect plaster consistency can be compared to a thick yoghurt that is easy to spread. Also, don’t leave any grimes on the surface to avoid having bits of dirt building up as you skim along.
Things to Remember While Plastering
Use the correct consistency of mixture. This will allow you to put firm pressure on the rendering trowel to flatten the plaster without leaving visible bulges. Pushing the plaster across the whole length of your trowel will let you fill any holes or gaps on the surface.
Don’t try to work over obstacles that can be moved. Plastering can be a tiring job so most people want to finish it as soon as possible. Even if you are in a rush to get things done, it is important to move carefully to avoid hitting the buckets or chairs, which could potentially cause a bigger trouble. Instead of squeezing yourself in tight spaces for a quick plastering fix, make sure to have plenty of room to move around.
Gather all of your plastering tools and clean them immediately. Plastering mix is difficult to clean out once it’s set. You wouldn’t want to replace any of your equipment just because of mixture buildup.
Don’t dry out the plaster mix when you are smoothing it out. If you are doing multiple layers, make sure to apply your second coating when the plaster is still slightly damp. This ensures that the leftover bumps can still be flattened.Amaroc
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