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Plastering Fireplace

Discussion in 'Plastering and Rendering' started by kevinwebster83, 15 Nov 2010.

  1. kevinwebster83

    kevinwebster83

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    Hi,

    I've recently had our fireplace opened out and a wood burning stove installed. I'm looking to plaster either side inside the fire place however I'm unsure as to what type of plaster/screed I need to purchase.

    Having had a look on the interweb, I have found a company called VITCAS who specialize in plaster and screed for use in high temperatures.

    Here are the links...

    http://shop.vitcas.com/vitcas-heatproof-screed-17-p.asp
    http://shop.vitcas.com/vitcas-heat-resistant-plaster-16-p.asp

    As the brickwork is quite rough, I'm planning on using the screed to make both surfaces smoother then use the plaster for the finish.

    Would this be the way to go about this?

    Thanks in advance
    Kev
     
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    Rich C is your man - I'm sure he'll be along soon
     
  3. Richard C

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    :LOL: :LOL: :LOL:

    You can use Vitcas heat proof screed but sand/cement/lime (5:1:1) render will withstand the heat just as well; build the base in 2 coats with the initial scratch coat fairly wet. Use heatproof plaster to finish over the render, inside & at least 800mm above & 500mm either side the fire opening; gypsum based plaster or boards won’t stand more than 50 degrees C & will fail. Vitcas finish plaster behaves a little differently to conventional gypsum plaster, it takes rather longer to go off, is not so easy to trowel up & you must plaster up to a stop as you can’t blend it in, do the heatproof bit first & then blend conventional gypsum up to it. You must also get the finish right “off the trowel” as you can’t sand out any imperfections once it’s dry (it’s very hard); not that your supposed to sand gypsum plaster really.

    Here a few links for you to read:
    http://www.diynot.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=183614
    http://www.diynot.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=211524
    http://www.diynot.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=224751
    http://www.diynot.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=242738

    Some are also cross linked but you should get all the info you need; come back if you need to.
     
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  4. kevinwebster83

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    Richard,

    Thanks very much for your reply.

    I think I will order the Vitcas stuff and see how I get on. If I get stuck, I'll be sure to post back.

    Thanks again,
    Kev
     
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    I know this post is fairly old but just wanted to check if i have the basic right for plastering chimney breast and chimney inset prior to getting stove fitted? Going to ask plasterer to use sand/cement/lime (5:1:1) render as a scratch coat, is this just one coat made fairly wet? Then use heatproof plaster (Victas) to finish over the render, how long do you need to leave render before applying finish coat? Should I do all three sides of outside chimney breast or is it ok to just do the front and stop at the corner bead where it will then be normal gypsum finish on the outer walls?
    Thanks
     
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