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Planning to do my own plastering any tips?

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by Junaed, 7 Sep 2017.

  1. Junaed

    Junaed

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    Hi guys, need some help and advice on doing my own painting in my loft, any advice?
     

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  2. London Mike 49

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    Here are a few of mine;
    1. Visit theplasterersforum.com , English site loads of info and a shed load of banter
    2. Check the dates on the bags that you buy as old plaster is a nightmare to use
    3. Mix the plaster into water never the other way around
    4. Get the first coat on sharpish and don't do too big a area that you are struggling to flatten
    5. First coat in a loft (which is often warmer than elsewhere) will need to be flattened sharpish
    6. If everything goes belly up, buy a sponge float and watch some videos on how to use one, it's a life saver when the plaster goes off too quick.
    7.learn to use a speedskim plastering rule , you can flatten off large areas very quickly.
    8. Buy a small cheap spray bottle for trowelling up , it's easier than using a brush a flicking water.
    9. Never mix up plaster with dirty water , it will make the plaster go off too quick
    10. Don't forget to let the plaster firm up before flattening or you will just be pushing the plaster around.

    Mike
     
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    First, I'd recommend deciding whether you're plastering or painting
     
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    Probably this has all been resolved now; but I joined the B&Q club and some of the larger outlets do a basic intro to plastering ( it is free to members - and to become a member is free) I found this was very beneficial and noted one person must have attended several times to become very efficient. I did it once and would recommend it - but now in my 7th decade I just get in a plasterer
     
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