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Jonesy666

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Hi guys new to the forum so may have to bare with us, was just wondering your thoughts on finishing corners, I've saw finished corners with the thinnest crisp white (or whiter than the skimming ) finish to them not a brush mark in site and was just wondering on tips to get mine like this??

I use a corner trowel and a brush, run the brush down then trowel over to get the brush marks out then corner trowel as it starts troweling up ? Maybe it's a timing thing I'm open to thought ?

What your views guys ??

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Minh

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Welcome to the forum.

Put the brush away and view the corner trowel as a two sided trowel. It's not always possible to work both faces at the same time because corners are rarely perfect squares, therefore, you need to run the corner trowel down each face in seperate passes. Think of it as performing exactly the same tasks as your normal trowel: tight angle for laying on/flattening and open for removing excess :)
 

Minh

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There's no need to use a brush. What do you think you're going to achieve using a brush?

Run the corner trowel down each wall in seperate passes (one wall at a time) using the corner as your reference point :)
 

Jonesy666

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I've always used a brush it was the way I was taught, it obviously makes work harder because in the early stages I have to trowel out the brush marks.

I thought getting the corners crisper may have been a timing thing or a water thing I honestly don't know but I will take the advice on board and give it a try thanks for the advice
 

Minh

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To be honest, you're better off doing alternate walls. Wet angles are more time consuming and should only be done when required :)
 
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Minh

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Btw, the only time you should use a brush is for wetting the corner in preparation for a wet trowel. If you're leaving brush marks then it means you've hit the corner too early or you'll applying much too much pressure :)
 

Jonesy666

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I would leave a brush mark when it's wet but as it starts going off I trowel the brush marks out, but as I said in my original post I've saw finished corners that I carnt quite seem to get, there crisp white and really thin and tight into the corner and just want to try and find out different methods people use see if it works better
 

Minh

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Brushes are for splashing water or gently wetting the plaster prior to wet troweling. There's no need to touch wet plaster with a brush. Time to sleep: long day tomorrow :)
 

CTPlastering

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Were the angles u seen wet angles the bloke prob done them opposites , wet angles are only if needs be to get job done etc , better fi ished opposite walls then do the other opposites next
 

Captaincaveman

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To be honest, you're better off doing alternate walls. Wet angles are more time consuming and should only be done when required :)

Minh is correct. You will get much better corners if you plaster opposite walls each time. I bloody hate having to do two adjacent walls at the same time. Pain in the ***.
 

Jonesy666

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Ct plastering I'm not sure I've only saw them a maybe the day after its been skimmed, I agree that it's better to do dry corners but when your chucking a few walls and a ceiling your always going to have a wet corner somewhere in the set.
 

CTPlastering

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Yes if u are putting the ceiling on and walls , ceili g first , then walls,knowing in your head ceili g will set half an hour earlier than the walls
 

Jonesy666

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yes fully agree pal, but always looking to improve and get advice, im gonna try and do dry corners where i can and use the angel trowel abit more rather than a brush. I think alot of it is down to timing though as alot of plastering is, i tend to get my corners in then stay out of them maybe i need to run the trowel down them at the end to crisp them up for that final finish
 

DannyMac

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If white angles is what you're after, then don't use your angle brush until 15 minutes after your final dry trowel. The plaster at this stage should be too hard to be affected by the bristles, use clean water.
 

JessThePlasterer

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I like to avoid soft corners but if I find myself doing them personally I don't use a corner trowel. I use my normal skimming trowel and I'm careful with my second coat. The straight edge of the trowel makes a nice straight corner. I do use a brush down the corner when I'm trowelling but then I like to leave my wall to the last minute before a trowel so its not wet wet anyway. Works a treat for myself:RpS_cool:
 

DannyMac

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So many so called spreads saying they avoid wet angles at all cost, wtf?

It's far easier to skim a room using an angle trowel, and the reason you think otherwise is because you are sh1t.
 

Curry

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We had a guy turn up to site without a corner trowel. He was shite so that proves theory dannymac
 

JessThePlasterer

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So many so called spreads saying they avoid wet angles at all cost, wtf?

It's far easier to skim a room using an angle trowel, and the reason you think otherwise is because you are sh1t.

Alright bud bit harsh. I take a lot of pride in my work. I never advertise and work soley off recommendation. I still have a lot to learn of that I'm sure but I certainly wouldn't deem myself **** thanks. That's just how I do it and it works for me

have a good evening
kirk giowhatsit plastering
 

warriorupnorth

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I don't use a corner trowel , never had to , and I used to do a lid and walls at the same time (not so much any more though :beer:)

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jakejhnsn

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You might be using the angle trowel an brush to early as it will pull the skim out of the angle when wet, I only use the angle trowel on last 2 wet trowels, then brush the angle with a CLEAN water on the last trowel.

Get yourself a Harris radiator brush
 

Olican

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I've worked alongside a lot of spreads over the years, most used corner trowels but a few I've met just used a 3/4 inch brush instead of the angle. The results were the same it's just what your used to.
 

craigw

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Never used a corner trowel in my life,hardly ever wet angle,and when I do I just use my trowel,only G** plasterers and builders use corner trowels :)
 

craigw

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I take it you don't plaster much then Craig, are you a tiler?...:razz:
Ha ha ha,more than I plaster,fooking hate the job.
but no,I've never used one,I always skimmed the alternates in separate rooms,better job,sharper angles,IMO anyway,well,it's how I got taught in the 80s :RpS_thumbsup:
 

essexandy

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If white angles is what you're after, then don't use your angle brush until 15 minutes after your final dry trowel. The plaster at this stage should be too hard to be affected by the bristles, use clean water.


What the hell is an angle brush?
 
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