When it comes to rendering finishes, there are a number to choose from and you need to decide which is the most suitable for your purposes. Starting at the top, ceiling plaster and skimming is probably the most difficult finish to perfect, and that’s simply down to gravity and the fact that a fibrous ceiling plasterer works upside down.
The good news is that Mr-Skill has many plasterers on board as members, and we carefully screen them before we let them join up. So you need look no further – find a plastering-and-drywall specialist right here on this website.
Artex Ceiling Plaster
Have you ever wondered how the expert ceiling plasterer manages to achieve that stippled effect on your ceilings? In truth, the textured finish that we call the artex-look arrived on the scene simply because it required little skill to apply. It was hugely popular in the 1970’s and 1980’s. One drawback with the artex finish is that repairs and seam-matching are virtually impossible.
Plain Plastered Ceilings
Just about anyone can plaster a ceiling – that is after a good deal of practice and establishing a rhythm! Basically it’s much the same as wall plastering, except you are working upside down too. Success lies in the plaster mix and then the correct application. Run your float across the ceiling board in smooth, even strokes, and don’t apply it too thick, because there is a good chance the plaster will crack as it dries. If that all sounds complicated, rather get a plastering-and-drywall quote right here on Mr-Skill.
Not as easy as it looks on that video! Again, it takes practice and there’s a definite technique involved too. If at first you don’t succeed…well, if you manage to botch up you can remove it all, and start all over again.
It’s In the Finish
One of Mr-Skill’s regular London plasterers tells us a little about the various plaster options:
Browning Plaster – So called because of its colour, this is the initial plaster coat applied directly over an underlying structure of brick or masonry, and is quite thick as a coating.
Bonding Plaster – As the name suggests, this is an adhesive coat applied to the underlying structure in preparation for the final finishing plaster coat.
Finishing Plaster – This is the top plaster coat that produces that silky smooth finish. Typically, it is thin in application, to enable final skimming for that million-pound look!
With all these choices and different skills, isn’t it nice to know that you could save up to 25% on regular plastering rates with Mr-Skill, and not have to spend a penny to benefit?