How to plaster a wall
Is it difficult to plaster a wall?
Plastering is a job which many people usually leave to the experts. But by preparing well and carefully following a practised method, it’s perfectly possible for you to plaster a wall. The finished result will be a nice smooth wall which is ready to accept paint or wallpaper.
What do I need to plaster a wall?
Plastering a wall can take time so it’s important to choose good quality tools which feel comfortable in your hand. A full list of tools required can be found at the top of this page, but the five basic tools are:
- Plastering trowel - choose a stainless steel trowel with a comfortable, evenly weighted handle.
- A plasterer’s hawk board - this is the tool that holds your plaster. A plastic hawk board is lighter than a wooden one, although both types are absolutely fine. A wooden hawk board will last much longer though.
- Bucket trowel - this tool is specially designed to make it easy to scoop plaster from the bucket to your hawk board.
- A power mixer - although it’s fine to mix the plaster by hand, using a power mixer is much easier and quicker. It’s especially suitable if you’re creating large batches of plaster which need to be applied quickly.
- A good quality paint brush - this is essential for keeping your edges clean and applying water to your plaster.
If you re-use tools for plastering, make sure they are spotlessly clean with no plaster residue remaining from a previous job.