Plastering is a job that needs some skill.
It is always best use a professional plasterer. Have a look through these handy tips which will help make your plastering project a success.
If you have decided to do a DIY plastering job, ensure you allow plenty of extra time to complete your project. You will also need to allow for extra dollars in your budget. It is a daunting task to take on a professional trade, so you need plenty of practice and plastering advice for a decent job.
Consider enrolling in a basic plastering course before starting your project.
If you a sure you want to do the job yourself, here’s a few tips for how to finish the plastering job.
Drywall plastering is great for building or repairing ceilings and interior walls. However, finishing drywall can be a daunting task. The following tips will help you complete jobs with ease.
Prepare your surfaces and always stir the compound mix. Mix your drywall compound at a slow speed until you notice the water and the drywall mix are smooth and even. When there is no liquid present, the drywall mix is ready to be used.
Smooth your surface
For a maximum smooth finish, drive all exposed screw-heads into the wall. Remove any loose or torn paper from drywall. Cover any joints and screw-heads.
Spreading drywall and taping
Start with a knife with about 5cm of drywall compound loaded onto it and put the drywall mix into any joints or screw-heads.
Hold the knife at approximately 25-degrees, smooth the drywall compound and scrape off any excess.
Unroll approximately three feet of paper tape, centering it over drywall seams, and gently press into the newly-applied drywall.
Bed the tape into the remaining sections of the joints, tearing the ends using the edge of the knife.
Smooth out the tape and scrape any excess drywall compound into a mud box. Don't forget to tape the inside corners with the drywall mixture, filling the seams and covering at least an inch on either side of the corners with the mixture.
Cover the outside corners of the bead head (approximately 30cm), and using the knife, place drywall compound on both sides of the bead.
Drying, sanding and priming drywall
Allow the compound to dry overnight. It will be dry when the drywall is uniformly white. You can then sand the drywall starting on the inside corners using a square-corner sanding block. Work your way to the remaining surface using a medium-grit pole sander, applying even, gentle pressure. Rougher areas may require more sanding, but make sure not to sand through the drywall to the paper tape. Once dried and sanded, you can then repeat the process, applying a second, or even a third coat of drywall. Once finished, prepare your surface for priming by wiping it down with a damp cloth.