Advantages of Procuring the Best Plastering Equipment Kit
The best plastering equipment will keep you on top of your plastering game. In fact, if you equip yourself with the best kit and approach each job with plenty of confidence, there’s no reason why you won’t produce great results from the start.
Love Your Trowel
The trowel is the main tool of the plasterer’s trade, so it’s essential that you choose the right one. Although there are various shapes and sizes for more specialised jobs, the tool you need to apply, smooth and polish plaster with is a proper plastering trowel that will become sharper with use, allowing you to create an even more professional finish.
If you’re a beginner, the best plastering kit is an 11-inch plastering trowel which is easy to control, although you may prefer a 14- or 20-inch trowel when you get up to speed. Obviously, the larger the trowel, the bigger the surface area you can cover in a faster time.
Always keep your trowel clean and dry, but don’t be put off if it develops patination or a slight curve, as these are both desirable traits that mean your trowel is well worn in and will do an even better job. A clean with some wet and dry paper now and again will help to keep it in optimum condition.
Don’t be tempted to use a hacksaw for cutting plaster bead. Using tin snips will produce a much neater finish, as they won’t get stuck in the bead as a hacksaw blade can. To use them effectively, first mark the cut with a pencil and then use the tin snips to cut up to the angle on each side. Now the bead will only be held together by the corner bulge.
Now gently bend the bead back and forth to snap the bead without compromising the 90-degree angle. Wear protective gloves, as the cut edges of plaster bead can be sharp.
Spray, Don’t Splash
Many professional plasterers like to keep the surface of the plaster wet by flicking water over it with a paint brush. However, this involves having access to a bucket of water and sometimes swapping tools every few seconds.
Whether you’re new to plastering or have plenty of experience, using a spray bottle to keep the plaster damp is a top tip. Make sure the bottle has a misting spray – you can buy them from garden centres or even recycle a bottle that contained household cleaner, but make sure it’s scrupulously clean if you do, as chemicals can adversely affect your plaster.
Keep It Clean
A bucket might not seem essential to getting the perfect finish, but a clean bucketful of water can be the difference between beautifully polished plaster and a bodged-up disaster. Everything you use when you’re plastering must be kept spotlessly clean, because contaminated plaster goes off more quickly than regular plaster, and even a single dried plaster flake can wreak havoc with an eggshell finish. If the water in your bucket’s not clean enough to drink, then dump it and start again.