Plastering up to Wood ceiling

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I have done a plywood ceiling in this flat i am renovating. I am soon to start plastering new stud walls and the old walls.

Is there anything i can do to stop the contact i make when i come up near to the ceiling ? My trowel will usually scrape into the ceiling and i will pull down into the wall when working around the area where the wall and ceiling contact.

I wondered if i could put some masking tape on the ceiling to help reduce the contact. Maybe remove the tape fairly soon after polishing up ?

Not sure what else i can do. Or would i need a bucket of clean water and a cloth and just wipe down after the wall has gone off say after 1 1/2h ?

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Masking tape then duck tape over.
Better quality tape vs cheap unless your removing same day
Don't apply duck tape direct or you will have trouble getting it off.
Duck tape is waterproof unlike masking tape.
Maybe that will work for you. I used this method when wet plaster is against oak or other wood I want to keep dry
 

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