Plasterboard nightmare

braceyg

New Member
I've just been to look at a ceiling that a customer has already boarded out, not sure what to do now. Not only are the joints all meeting ie crosses everywhere no staggering, but every board is the wrong way round cause 'they're getting plastered and not painted' (I don't know either) . The old boy looked so proud so I didn't have the heart to tell him. It's in a loft, so not full ceiling, infill between joists, 1.2 x 4m. Do you think I could pva a couple of coats and skim OK? Use big pieces of fibre glass on the bad joints? Sorry if this is obvious but I'm fairly new to plastering and I've never seen this before! Cheers.
 

Stewie03

Well-Known Member
In all honesty if it was me I dont care who's boarded it and how sound they are I'm not to much of an arsehole so would tell them fair dues for having ago,but then I would have to tell them where they went wrong and what possibilities could happen after it being plastered even with the extra steps taking to sort out the joints,as customers are quick enough on getting on the blower to tell you there's a crack etc always cover yourself
 

Monkeynuts39

Active Member
It use to be grey side plastering when I started years ago but that has changed, I had this problem a few years ago when a old timer did the boarding themselves I gave it a coat of Pva but what I found was the paper wasn’t stuck to the plasterboard very well in areas which lifted when skimmed
 

tapit

Well-Known Member
The paper on the brown face isn't the same as it was in the eighties, it's a low quality recycled paper.
But that's not the reason for it not being skimmed that side.
It's all to do with the way the paper is lapped.
 

tapit

Well-Known Member
It use to be grey side plastering when I started years ago but that has changed, I had this problem a few years ago when a old timer did the boarding themselves I gave it a coat of Pva but what I found was the paper wasn’t stuck to the plasterboard very well in areas which lifted when skimmed
It's stuck the same but their is a visible edge which can lift or be caught with the trowel.
Have a look.
 

essexandy

The Lake Governor
Makes sense to use a cheaper paper on the unused side,
As is normal in this industry they didn't bother making the changes widely known at the time. There was hell and all problems on sites with the paper and/or plaster delaminating. Merchants were sending reps out that weren't aware of the changes.
 

jamesthefirst

Private Member
Had this recently... odd job handyman boarded a small barn conversion! I pointed it out to the owner and said i would pva then skim, two good coats then left to dry. Next day did the spit on finger test and was nice and tacky.

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choppa

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I've just been to look at a ceiling that a customer has already boarded out, not sure what to do now. Not only are the joints all meeting ie crosses everywhere no staggering, but every board is the wrong way round cause 'they're getting plastered and not painted' (I don't know either) . The old boy looked so proud so I didn't have the heart to tell him. It's in a loft, so not full ceiling, infill between joists, 1.2 x 4m. Do you think I could pva a couple of coats and skim OK? Use big pieces of fibre glass on the bad joints? Sorry if this is obvious but I'm fairly new to plastering and I've never seen this before! Cheers.
Weak pva and slap it on Iv done it loads of times exactly when I cut all the boards the wrong way round,
 

choppa

Well-Known Member
The ivory side isn't bonded to the same quality as the white side nowadays
I've had issues with blistering and paper edges delaminating
I don’t no what boards you old boys are looking at but plasterboard has a grey and brown side, not ivory grey white, BROWN SIDE!
 
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