TO SPONGE OR NOT TO SPONGE

Ashleyscoob

Active Member
#1
been plastering 32 years and never used a sponge but this last week been trying different methods
2 coats splat it flat then sponge and then 2 trowels seems to go so much nicer and quicker and the finish seems better to
 

algeeman

It’s A Boy
#2
been plastering 32 years and never used a sponge but this last week been trying different methods
2 coats splat it flat then sponge and then 2 trowels seems to go so much nicer and quicker and the finish seems better to
why not
1st coat
sponge
2nd coat
trowel
spat
sponge
trowel
spat
trowel
spat
sprowel
tronge
spaowl
good luck (y)
 

Lodan

Well-Known Member
#6
Do sets take longer when you sponge (genuine question ) just wondered if bringing back that way extends the set time
 

imago

Private Member
#7
I have seen a spread using a sponge, and to the untrained eye I couldn't see any difference in the finished product between sponged and not.
 

algeeman

It’s A Boy
#8
Do sets take longer when you sponge (genuine question ) just wondered if bringing back that way extends the set time
i think its for 1 coating lodan matey
 

t33ch

Active Member
#11
Do sets take longer when you sponge (genuine question ) just wondered if bringing back that way extends the set time
Doesn't make any difference as far as I can tell. If anything I get done faster as it smooths off perfect first time.
Great for HS&L if a patch gets away from you. It can bring it back from the dead.
 

Danny

Administrator
#12
I have never seen anybody finish with a sponge to a good standard. I have seen a number of people do it and each time it has been terrible
 

Danny

Administrator
#13
Not saying it cant be done but I have just not seen it
 

t33ch

Active Member
#16
Not saying it cant be done but I have just not seen it
I don't doubt what you've seen; but sponge or not the finishing is the same either way so a s**t finish isn't really down to the sponge, it's the person on the end of the hand on the end of the trowel.

I just think sponge speeds things up a bit and makes life easier but all that matters is a happy client and pennies in pocket.
 

Badgerrrrrrr

Well-Known Member
#17
Not for me then hard enough two coating with current gear
Try it for yourself Lodan before you discard the idea, always handy to have a few strings to your bow. We’d all be laying on with a wooden float still if we didn’t try different techniques and tools, and poor old Nela and Refina would be out of business then what would people fill their vans up with tools they don’t use lol.........
 

BigK

Private Member
#18
I do it, but only where the gear is too deep for whatever reason, doesn’t slide around under the trowel when trowelling.
Exact opposite of one coating


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Simon85

Well-Known Member
#19
Do sets take longer when you sponge (genuine question ) just wondered if bringing back that way extends the set time
Man used to work with us swears by sponge, claims it can take a half an hour off a set, I'm not sure about that myself, but it can cut out a trowel. Flatten in, sponge, trowel off, usually then ready to finish. 2 coating that is
 
#20
why not
1st coat
sponge
2nd coat
trowel
spat
sponge
trowel
spat
trowel
spat
sprowel
tronge
spaowl
good luck (y)
I prefer
1st coat nella
Flatten nella 13 inch
2nd coat nella
Flatten nella carbon
Tidy corners nella 13 inch carbon
Polish cross done nella 13inch carbon lol
 

madmonk

Private Member
#21
I prefer
1st coat nella
Flatten nella 13 inch
2nd coat nella
Flatten nella carbon
Tidy corners nella 13 inch carbon
Polish cross done nella 13inch carbon lol
I prefer to put my stuff I the van an fcuk off home
 
#23
been plastering 32 years and never used a sponge but this last week been trying different methods
2 coats splat it flat then sponge and then 2 trowels seems to go so much nicer and quicker and the finish seems better to
used the sponge float for years with the way bg is going I think every plasterer needs one in the back of their van 10 pound from wickes and gets you out of the s**t
 

Donzo

Well-Known Member
#25
I prefer
1st coat nella
Flatten nella 13 inch
2nd coat nella
Flatten nella carbon
Tidy corners nella 13 inch carbon
Polish cross done nella 13inch carbon lol
1 trowel mt xtra lite,,, start to finish.
 
Love CBD
#27
Tried all these new trowel just cost me time . Though medi pulled me out s**t other day on most un even ceiling ever . Lines which ever way I went so hammered it at end with medi. Told decorator he might need sanding pole lol
 

Donzo

Well-Known Member
#28
Tried all these new trowel just cost me time . Though medi pulled me out s**t other day on most un even ceiling ever . Lines which ever way I went so hammered it at end with medi. Told decorator he might need sanding pole lol
John,, ,you are honest with your posts,, which is a good thing,, not afraid to stick your neck out.
 
#31
John,, ,you are honest with your posts,, which is a good thing,, not afraid to stick your neck out.
I.m not best plasterer mate just know I.m far from f**k**g worse. I do think you always learn summet new and there' always summet that catches you out no matter how long you been doing it
 

Donzo

Well-Known Member
#32
I.m not best plasterer mate just know I.m far from f**k**g worse. I do think you always learn summet new and there' always summet that catches you out no matter how long you been doing it
Good plasterer make mistakes,, ,and s**t happens that can't be explained it takes balls to tell this forum that. Too many don't, ,,I have worked with some of the best guys in this industry and at times they had issues with this game.
 

Badgerrrrrrr

Well-Known Member
#33
Good plasterer make mistakes,, ,and s**t happens that can't be explained it takes balls to tell this forum that. Too many don't, ,,I have worked with some of the best guys in this industry and at times they had issues with this game.

Every day is a school day. Your a wiser person from the books you read and the people you talk to....... shame I didn’t learn to read..lol. And being closer to 60 than 50 nowI’m still learning.
 

Donzo

Well-Known Member
#34
Every day is a school day. Your a wiser person from the books you read and the people you talk to....... shame I didn’t learn to read..lol. And being closer to 60 than 50 nowI’m still learning.
Its the over 50,s and 60s guys on this forum that have the knowledge and expierence to let the next generation know the things we have seen,instead off some off the arses that think they know it all because they think it is not possible.you know exactly what i mean badger.