Plastering Your Wall? Follow These Tips For A Smoother Finish

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If you are doing some remodeling at home, one of the steps you will need to complete may be plastering your wall or walls. This process is pretty straightforward, but it's not always easy to achieve a smooth finish that leaves your paint job looking good. Here are four tips that will have you achieve a better finish.

1. Make sure your mixture is moist.

It's tempting to mix your plaster a little dry because it tends to go on easier this way. However, for the best finish, you need to err on the side of more moist. Dry plaster is really hard to get smooth, and as the moisture is sucked out of it, flat areas and pockets may be created. Follow the instructions on the package for mixing, and as you work, add a little extra water from time to time. This replaces the water that evaporates out of the plaster mixture as it sits.

2. Apply two coats.

You will see some contractors plaster a wall with just one coat. This works for them because they have a lot of experience and can apply a thicker layer of plaster and still get it smooth. However, you're not experienced enough to do that yet; it takes years to reach that level. As an average homeowner, the best way for you to get smooth results is to apply your plaster in two coats. The first coat, known as the skim coat, should be thin. Focus on getting it as smooth as possible. The second coat can be a bit thicker. With the coat beneath smooth, this second layer will automatically go on more smoothly.

3. Go over it with a large trowel.

Sometimes, it is easiest to initially apply the plaster using a smaller trowel. However, after you do so, you should go over the area with a large trowel to give it a final smoothing. This will result in a flatter appearance and fewer lines in your plaster. A 9-inch trowel works well for most finishing.

4. Angle your trowel.

When applying the plaster -- both the skim coat and the top coat -- make sure you angle your trowel at about 45 degrees to the wall. Make sure you maintain the same angle as you move the trowel up the wall. This will keep the layer of plaster uniform in thickness and will help prevent big bumps. 

Contact a plastering contractor for more help.

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