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Trowel combinations

Discussion in 'The Plasterers Forum Tool Talk' started by PLASDUA, Jul 15, 2017.

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  1. PLASDUA

    PLASDUA Member

    hi guys

    Just wondering what trowels/tools people use for a set. At the moment I'm laying on with MT, flatten with speedskim, 2nd coat MT then final 2 trowels with an ox ultra flex (upgraded from a 14" nela s*p*r*lex to 16" ox) but I've recently been told to get a plaziflex to use after second coat but before final trowel. I managed to find a plaziflex with midget trowel for £22.50 so thought I'd give it a go.


    Question is when would you use the plastic? After second coat or would you finish with it too? Seems silly taking 3 trowels and a speedskim into each set now
     
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  2. algeeman

    algeeman Private Member

    are you busy tomorrow night ??
    i need a favour.
     
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  3. algeeman

    algeeman Private Member

    probably
     
  4. PLASDUA

    PLASDUA Member

    What was the favour lol
     
  5. Cornelius

    Cornelius Well-Known Member

    Plastic trowel at the final stages of the set, I tried the nela mediflex and nela super flex today as well, out of the two I definitely preferred the super flex, but I can't justify buying another trowel really.
     
  6. Gibbo

    Gibbo Private Member

    First trowel mt carbon second mt carbon third mt carbon
     
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  7. Olican

    Olican Private Member

    Same here, had a young spread jump in with me last week, his process was first Speedskim second MT SS third s*p*r*lex Fourth s*p*r*lex I'm sure I even clocked him giving a few walls a fifth dry one

    painful, his work was decent and got the metres done that I needed.
     
  8. Cornelius

    Cornelius Well-Known Member

    Traditional (y) no speedskim or eze spat?
     
  9. Gibbo

    Gibbo Private Member

    No mate dont like a heavy tool bag
     
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  10. Cornelius

    Cornelius Well-Known Member

    I think jury is still out on some of the trowels but a speedskim or a spat on a pole is great for skimming ceilings and flattening larger areas.
     
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  11. Gibbo

    Gibbo Private Member

    I work with another spread and we put on whole rooms in one so dont work for us
     
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  12. Nicm

    Nicm Well-Known Member

    I got a speedskim a couple of weeks ago,great for flattening,still only getting used to it.
     
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  13. Cornelius

    Cornelius Well-Known Member

    I don't often put on whole rooms in one hit, done small bathrooms before but don't like all the wet angles
     
  14. Dropsalot

    Dropsalot Private Member

    Does anyone apply right to left 1st coat, flatten in, then 2nd coat left to right?..........
     
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  15. Cornelius

    Cornelius Well-Known Member

    And then up and down?
     
  16. Dropsalot

    Dropsalot Private Member

    No, @Cornelius ......1st coat up and down, then down and up for the second.....
    Leastways that's how it's done hereabouts.......
     
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  17. Cornelius

    Cornelius Well-Known Member

    And then the cross trowelling gets really complicated!
     
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  18. Dropsalot

    Dropsalot Private Member

    Does anyone change hands cross trowelling....right handed when going across left and vice versa??
     
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  19. Vincey

    Vincey Private Member

    I've started doing smaller areas now it's red hot

    Also can't believe @Nicm has just got Speedskim, nice one :bananahappy:
     
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  20. Nicm

    Nicm Well-Known Member

    Nothing ventured nothing gained I suppose.If it makes life just a small bit easier without compromising the finish then why not.First time I used it I was going to throw it away,but after sticking with it can see the benefits.
     
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  21. Natwasere

    Natwasere Active Member

    My method changes every day. 4 tools I use alot are MT carbon, speedskim blue, mediflex and nelaflex 2. Usually if I don't have everything out it's the MT carbon to put on, flatten and first trowel, followed by nelaflex 2 on last 1 or 2 trowels.
     
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  22. Vincey

    Vincey Private Member

    I've switched back to gorilla buckets too mix leave bang out when dry , it's just to hot
     
  23. Wazza

    Wazza Member

    Lol what the f**k you all on about old school mt all the way maybe nela flexi to flatten
     
  24. John j

    John j Member

    Put it on with Nela carbon or it be mt but breaking nella in . Flatten with mt second coat with nella . Flatten with mt. Sort me angles out with mt . Finish with mt. If nella co.es good mt could be retired . Right at end I.ll wiz over with plastic as customers love that shine . Sod decorators lol
     
  25. John j

    John j Member

    As for going left to right up down right hand left hand cross trowel diagonal some of your just do some miles a day lol. When other spread started with me .straight from college (he was top of class) I asked how he did it . I think I fell asleep he went on that much bout how many times he went over it. Told hi. To forget all that lol the neater you can get it and time things right less work for you
     
  26. Gibbo

    Gibbo Private Member

    Flatten with a flex are you sure
     

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