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  1. S

    When an interior wall becomes an exterior wall...

    Hello all. I'm looking for some advice on what to do with (now) garden walls that were previously interior walls. We knocked down an extension in order to create a courtyard garden about 18 months ago (it's a slow renovation!). The walls that were previously inside the extension are now going to...
  2. R

    ? Sand and cement, ? K-rend, ? SBR first what do you pros think

    Hi Guys, You have helped me in the past and hope you come up trump's again. Small garden wall, looking to render it. I have done some rendering in the past and it's been alright, good enough. But there is so much conflicting advice bon the concrete block planters. There is no DPM, and I would...
  3. N

    New Build Snagging Advise

    Hi I wonder if I could ask you all for your opinion and advice. I purchased a new build 4 bed property a few months back and flagged up concerns with the finish of decoration and plastering throughout the property. The developer have been very defensive and avoiding correcting some of the...
  4. I

    Faux finishes

    Hi all, I've been doing paint effects for a while now and usually we use a mix with Idenden pva etc in as a base texture coat. However I have a client who wants a concrete effect and faux plaster effect in their restaurant. After lots of research I tried out using jointing compound with water...
  5. B

    Ceiling flatness after skimming

    Okay I'm probably over thinking this and obsessing over small detail, but my plasterer just finished up skimming newly boarded ceiling and previously skimmed/painted walls a few days ago. Now I'm not expecting walls to be level or flat because my house is old Victorian so everything is out of...
  6. B

    PVA for thistle bonding on lime

    When using Thistle Bonding coat to patch and flatten/level out a old rough lime background like shown in pic, is a coat or two of pva required? If so what ratio is best?
  7. B

    What to use to level out bowed wall..hardwall?

    I have a solid exterior wall (non cavity) upstairs in Victorian property, not ground floor. It is bowed floor to ceiling and start to end with window in between. It is rendered on the outside. I have been advised NOT to use browning or bonding as this attracts moisture. Wall was already multi...
  8. Crafty Chic

    Apprentice Adult Plasterer

    Hi. 39 Years Young Adult Female Apprentice, from Manchester seeking to change current role, keen interest in the Construction, Building Industry would like to work alongside someone unbiased, honest, reliable & could do with help to lighten their work, who's willing to take me under their wings...
  9. T


    Hello everyone thought if sign up to this forum and see what help comes from it ... I'm currently in my resettlement phase with the Army after 12 years & looking at plastering as a career change. Im booked on a course to learn the basics but would love to be working full time & getting hands...
  10. M

    Are we too CHEAP

    we are currently charging £130 a day each plus materials to skim so we are doing 6 bags a day for £260 plus pva n beading so we are doing a sitting room for about £320 in the northeast is this too cheap as every job we quote we get yes we are 1 of the highest plastering companys in the northeast...
  11. L

    Re skimming over existing plaster

    So I fixed a small damp issue on a house of a friend where a wall had just been plastered over plaster and plaster to try and fix the issue which I’ve now solved! After 6 months The wall is now completely dry, all the bits of plaster are flaking off the wall and there is a pile of dust on the...
  12. E

    Plastering required

    Hi All, looking for some estimates for plastering in Manchester area if anyone can help. Details below... Skim following rooms - Bedroom 1 (2.8x4m) include ceiling - Bedroom 2 (2.9x2.6m) include ceiling - Bedroom 3 (2.9x2.6m) include ceiling - downstairs w/c (3.6x1m) include ceiling -...
  13. A

    Advice needed please. Plastering on artex ceilings.

    Hi Everyone, hope this is posted in the right section, please could someone advise/move if it isn’t. Had my whole house professionally skimmed/plastered including artex ceilings and unfortunetly some haven’t come out great. Had a decorator put a mist coat on and he’s slated the finish saying...
  14. perfectplastering


  15. A

    Traditional plasterering / rendering gang required ASAP - North Wales (Corwen)

    Looking for a gang of plasterers capable of traditional lime plastering onto slate and brickwork walls, approx 120m2 and circa 40m2 of roughcast rendering. Immediate start available as we have been let down by another plastering contractor. Call/text Stuart on 07817 840 665 with rates and...
  16. H

    Looking for site work!!

    Plastering Looking for site work in next few days as my jobs coming to a finish,anyone know anyone looking for Plasterer’s or know any company contact numbers I can give a ring would be appreciated. Willing to travel if price is right..
  17. L

    Poor quality/finish of work.

    We have recently had work done in our house, the plasterer we had in sacked off the last room in our house as he was “injured”.. we’ve come back to the house, now the plaster has dried there are multiple areas of it blatantly being rushed and it’s a poor finish, I begrudge paying him in full for...
  18. REFINA s*p*r*lex 3 first go 3rd trowel loving it plastering

    REFINA s*p*r*lex 3 first go 3rd trowel loving it plastering

    REFINA s*p*r*lex three , first go 3rd trowel loving it plastering this ceiling new out of packet and trowelling up well leaving the ceiling smooth and flawle...
  19. R

    Scottish but moving to England

    As you know guys, I'm coming back to the UK next year. I'd prefer not to go back to Scotland for personal reasons and many other things and I want to make a go of it in England. I know it's not a plastering question as such, although it does have an affect, but which counties are good to live...
  20. S

    Dot and dab dusty walls

    I'm a spread don't normally do dot and dabbing, iv brought a house and iv knocked every bit of plaster off because it was blown, and now it is dusty as f**k I tryed dabbing onto it and some boards stuck and some still bounce what shall I do? Wet the walls with water? Or pva?
  21. I

    Old plaster crumbling in 1930s semi detached hallway

    Hi everyone. Wanted to get an opinion on an issue I’ve got. I’ve had some people in who’ve been ripping out my hallway and landing ceilings (old textured/artex ceilings) and they accidentally pulled away some plaster on the gabel end wall. The plaster comes away quite easily and is very easy to...
  22. JohnsonsPlastering

    Looking for work in the Leicestershire area but willing to travel!!

    Hi fellow plasterers, I never like asking people for work, as I feel rude but unfortunately sometimes you have to swallow your pride and ask for help. Which I am doing. My name is Edward, I'm 24 years old and live in Narborough, Leicestershire. I'm a hard working young man, whom can work in...
  23. Jack McCombe


    Learning via Mastering Plastering video tutorials. Based in Glasgow. Looking for critical feedback.
  24. C

    New member here, supplier of plastering & rendering consumables

    Morning all, I work for a company called PM Hardware, we have been around about 3 years now. I myself have worked for a few hardware companies over the past few years but now settled here and building up the Staffordshire and Derbyshire areas and also the east Manchester/south Manchester and...
  25. D

    Are Quick Plastering Courses Worth It?

    I have been a labourer for a few years then went to a retail (which i regret) so now I'm thinking of learning plastering to help me start up us a independent plasterer. I have seen this company offering courses in my area and I'm thinking whether its worth...
  26. J

    Looking for job!! Within 15 miles Burnley

    In desperate need of work asap!! Valid CSCS card, plenty plastering experience but have not done qualifications. Ready to go asap but need to be working with someone as I dont have my own tools Looking to get on as a labourer so i can get a day qualification done and get earning for my family...
  27. D

    Builder plastering over old plaster - smooth down or re-skim?

    I would like to tap into your collective knowledge to find out if my builder is doing the correct job and not cutting corners. We have a builder in who is replastering one of our bedrooms. We have taken the wallpaper of the walls and stripped it back to the old plaster, a lot of which was...
  28. Rays Plastering Ltd

    Rays Plastering Ltd | Plasterer in Kent & South East London

    Hey, thought it would be rude to sign up and not introduce myself to all. Hope you all are well and seems like a really great setup you have here for the plastering community! As I'm a newbie here, I wanted to say that I'm always willing to help people on the technical side of things if they...
  29. A

    Plastering over a previously water damaged wall - need advice

    Hoping for a little advice if possible. Our boiler sprung a leak and water trickled down through the floor and damaged our bathroom wall. Thought i had dealt with the damp and waited months before stripping the paint and replastering. However when i did replaster parts look wavy. Uping touching...
  30. D

    Plasterer's needed for immediate start in Dungannon area. To work as part of team or on price.

    Large upcoming job in Dungannon area, entails all main areas regarding interior and exterior aplastering. Plasterer's needed to work as part of a skilled plastering team of men, or employed on price. Travel arrangements may be supplied if within reason. Please contact for further details.
  31. harryj490

    Hello all!! Topic:brushes

    hello all. Hope everyone had a good week and time to relax and chill out! Just got two questions if you can help or have any advise? Looking to buy some new brushes where to get them from and what sizes ? Brought a few from wicked but hairs coming off into plasterer , what size do u guys use and...
  32. JRW Rendering

    Hi Guys

    What machine do you guys recommend?
  33. Tomasz

    Worcester plasterer new in here :)

    Hi I'm Tomasz 20+ years’ experience in all aspects plastering & rendering work .
  34. JohnsonsPlastering

    23 year old from Leicester looking for work!

    Hi everyone! My name is Edward Johnson, I'm 23 and from Narborough, Leicestershire. I have recently just got back into plastering after having a year out to go and work in a factory realized I made a big mistake and want to get back into plastering once again and for good!! So I have my city &...
  35. richard cairns

    Hi just to say hello

    a few things we done Plastering
  36. richard cairns

    Hi Every One

    A little boarding
  37. J

    Looking for work in wolverhampton labourer/ plasterers mate

    Hello, I am currently looking to become a plasterers mate/ labourer in the wolverhampton area I have previously site experience and I also have a valid cscs card , contact me on 07561110741 or email me at
  38. P

    Rubbish removal

    So I recently completed a job for a customer, he has complained that I have left rubbish on the job(bags of bits of ceiling,coving, unused plaster/bonding etc) is it my responsibility to remove this rubbish? any help would be appreciated, thanks. Patrick
  39. J

    Preparing for the plasterer

    Ive asked a plasterer to come and skim walls this week in my kitchen and bathroom but I'm not sure if the walls are as prepared as they need to be. He's not very advanced with Internet etc so trying to send him pics doesn't work. There are a few holes in the wall from where the electrician...
  40. B

    Young lad after work please read..

    Hi everybody I hope everybody is well, I've posted in this forum a few times asking for work but I've had no look, let me explain my situation a little..I've always been a labourer for plasterers since I left school and I've always wanted to take plastering as a career choice, but I know...
  41. brad myers

    Looking for a plastering apprenticeship in Leeds

    Is there any plastering apprenticeships in Leeds? I'm 18 and nearly finished level 2 in college, Don't drive but want to get out there working as college tech same things over and over again
  42. B

    Please hear me out guys

    Hey all I'm the new lad who's been on here for a while now! Just like to say thankyou for the warm welcome off you guys! First of all I'm the lad who is from the Wolverhampton area and is looking to start work plastering properly, I'm been in and out of it since I left school and I admit! I love...
  43. B

    Hey all!

    Hey all I'm the new lad who's been on here for a while now! Just like to say thankyou for the warm welcome off you guys! First of all I'm the lad who is from the Wolverhampton area and is looking to start work plastering properly, I'm been in and out of it since I left school and I admit! I love...
  44. D

    sand cement renders required

    we are in need of a good plastering team who can do sand cement rendering and skimming to damp proofing standards, full training given. we have 3-6 weeks ongoing works for the right person or team and have more work than we can handle so it could be a long term thing if your good. looking for...
  45. B

    Young lad trying to get into plastering? Do have abit of experience...

    Hi! I'm from the Wolverhampton area and looking to get into the trade properly.. I've been doing it since school and have had some bad experience with my first boss... My second boss was amazing he was teaching me and I loved it but sadly he had to let me go due to losing work over the xmas...
  46. G

    Some Help & Advice Please...

    Hello, So I started doing a level 2 plastering course at college about four or five years ago and I dropped out around six months into the course because I was offered full time plastering work. I figured I would learn more that way and obviously I would be better off financially so the...
  47. FineArtPlaster

    5 things to know about Italian plaster

    Italian plaster, or polished plaster, is a term for traditional Italian plaster finishes. In this blog, Things to Know about Italian Plaster, you can find 5 curious facts you might not have known about Italian plaster.
  48. FineArtPlaster

    How Plasterwork and Mouldings are Made?

    Creating a stunning exterior or interior building decoration requires skills, knowledge and, above all, experience. This article on How Plasterwork and Moulding are Made has been put together by plastering specialists at Fine Art Plasterwork and NAPL (home of professional plasterers) to explain...
  49. M

    Van advertising

    Been thinking about a slogan for the vans rear doors,came up with this. ONLY REAL PLASTERERS CAN FILL THE BIGGEST CRACKS!,should work next to my phone number.
  50. FineArtPlaster

    5 things to know about Italian plaster

    Italian plaster, or polished plaster, is a term for traditional Italian plaster finishes. The plaster finish might vary and the finest of which is Venetian plaster. The following are 5 curious facts you might not have known about Italian plaster... Read more at Fine Art Plasterwork...