Plastering is not easy. If you want to do the DIY thing to plaster your wall, you need to know the right materials, tools and process. Only professional plasterers in Port Macquarie or your area can do it the way it should be done. But if you are wondering how these plastering experts work on your walls, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to plaster a wall.
How To Plaster A Wall

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    Plastering Guide From The Expert: How To Plaster A Wall

    Plastering is not an ordinary job for any home or building projects. It takes time, skills and knowledge of a qualified plasterer who uses the right materials and tools for the job to get done right. So, if you are wondering how the experts work on your walls, here’s a step-by-step guide on how professionals do their job.

    Expert Guide:

    • Getting All Materials and Tools
    • Preparing The Wall
    • Applying PVA
    • Mixing The Plaster
    • First Coating
    • Smoothing The Wall
    • Scraping
    • Second Coating
    • Finishing
    • Painting or Wallpapering
    Wall Plastering

    Expert Guide on Plastering Walls

    Plastering is not easy. If you want to do the DIY thing to plaster your wall, you need to know the right materials, tools and process. Only professional plasterers in Port Macquarie or in your area can do it the way it should be carried out. But if you are wondering how these experts work on your walls, hope this helps –  a quick guide on how to plaster a wall.

    Getting All Materials And Tools

    Preparation is crucial. Clear the work area and get ready all the materials, tools and equipment you will use in plastering. Make sure you put a protective sheet on the floor before you begin your work. This will protect the floor from debris and spillage of plaster.

    Preparing The Wall

    Clean the wall and scrub loose plaster, dust and grease. Use a screen tape to cover any holes or cracks on the wall and mask the sockets. For new plasterboards, tape up the joints between plasterboard sheets.

    Applying PVA Before Plastering

    Polyvinyl acetate or PVA acts as a primer. Applying PVA is recommended before you start the plastering process. This will help adhere the plaster properly. Mix PVA glue with water (1 part PVA glue to 4 parts water). You can use a paint brush or roller when applying PVA onto the wall. Just make sure that the entire wall (and ceiling) is covered.

    Mixing The Plaster

    Always read the manufacturer’s direction for use or manual before mixing the dry plaster with water. Even our experienced plasterers in Port Macquarie do this! The rule of thumb is to add the plaster into the water. Stir the mixture thoroughly while adding the plaster to thicken it.

    Applying First Coat

    Put the plaster on the hawk board using a trowel. With a floating tool, spread the mixture upwards onto the wall, sweep it down and flatten it at the end of each stroke. Always start from the bottom left corner, going upward covering the entire area from the bottom to the top of the wall. To achieve a smooth, even look of the plaster, make sure to get a small amount of plaster and firmly press onto the wall using the float. 

    Smoothing The Wall

    You need to wait for at least 20 minutes to let the plaster dry  after the first coat. Check for uneven plaster and smooth out the corners of the wall. You have to use the right tools to even out the edges.

    Scraping (Optional)

    This isn’t mandatory but recommended. Some people opt to scrape the plaster before applying the second coat to adhere the plaster properly. If you want to skip this procedure, make sure that the wall is still wet with the first coat before applying the second coat.

    Second Coating

    Apply the second layer or final layer of plaster to the wall. It should be consistent and thinner than the first coat, about 2mm thin on the surface. You can add more water to dilute the plaster mixture.

    Finishing

    Polish your work to give that smooth, finished look. Using a spray gun, apply some water to the edges of the plaster and smoothen or flatten out the surface with a trowel. Run a clean float for the finishing touches. Remove the excess plaster using a sanding paper when it is completely dry. 

    Painting or Wallpapering

    Your wall is now ready for painting or wallpapering! Do not apply paint or put the wallpaper to wet plaster. Let the walls dry to avoid adhesion problems. For newly plastered walls, use a primer or topcoat for extra moisture. This will help stick the paint or wallpaper perfectly.

    Looking For Professional Plasterers in Port Macquarie

    Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! For residential and commercial plastering needs in Port Macquarie, contact us today.

    At Camden Haven Premium Plastering, we offer high-quality workmanship,  meticulous attention to details and competitive prices for plastering projects.

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