A Guide to Wall Plastering

This is part one of a multipart series “A Guide to Wall Plastering“:

Contents: “Types of Plasters and Tools and Materials required for plastering a wall” is an overview of the series (This Article).

Part 1: “A Step-By-Step Guide To Mixing Plaster”, this step-by-step guide to Mixing plaster will help you understand the basics of mixing Plaster.

Part 2: “A Step-By-Step Guide to Plastering your wall”, this step-by-step guide to plastering will ease you through the job. Hopefully, the finished result will look as if a professional completed it.

Part 3: “Reasons for the cracks in plaster”, In this part, you will learn about the reasons for the cracks in plaster.  

Part 4: “A Step-By-Step Guide to Repair Cracks in Plaster Walls”, this step-by-step guide to Repair Cracks in Plaster Walls will help you understand how to quick fix the cracks in the plaster wall.

This post will be updated as new sections are released.…

Plastering is one of the final steps in finishing an interior or exterior wall. While applying plaster is a highly technical process that is usually best left to professionals, any homeowner can do it themselves provided they follow a few key guidelines.

Tools and Materials required for plastering a wall

You may be wondering about the kit needed to get you started. After all, its always a good idea to be prepared well in advance, so you don’t have to down tools and leave the job halfway through to stock up. It, therefore, would be useful to make sure you have the following:

  • Plasterer’s trowel and bucket trowel
  • Plasterers Float
  • Corner Trowel
  • Hawk
  • Two Buckets
  • Mixing stick and/or paddle
  • Plaster
  • Clean Water
  • Sandpaper
  • Stepladder, platform or stilts
  • Flat Mask

Different Types of Plasters

Bonding Plaster

A Base Plaster For Use On Smooth Surfaces

Bonding Plaster

This versatile base coat plaster can be applied to various surfaces. It is ideal for walls and ceilings that have a smooth finish, where other plasters would struggle to bond without a key, this one just sticks. Also, bonding plaster is great for putting a base coat on surfaces such as concrete.

One of the advantages of Bonding plaster is you can apply it relatively easily and you don’t need that absorbent surface to apply it. The consistency of Bonding plaster allows you to spread it smoothly and get a good finish.

Hardwall Plaster

A High Impact Resistance Base Coat

hardwall plaster

Hardwall plaster has high impact resistance. It is one of the quickest drying plasters which is great for most masonry surfaces. Before application, you need to add water to Hardwall plaster. You don’t want to overmix this plaster as it can lose some of its qualities.

Apply to the wall pressing the plaster on with high pressure to get the best result.  You can also spray it which makes it easier to use. It tends to be a favourite plaster of many for this reason

Multi-Finish Plaster

Got A Variety Of Surfaces To Plaster? Multi-Finish Will Do The Job

Multifinish plaster

​Multi-Finish Plaster is perfect when you have a variety of backing surfaces to cover and it works best for low to medium suction backgrounds.

The setting time for the Multi-Finish Plaster is a speedy 90 minutes.

You’ll get a high-quality and smooth look with this plaster. It can even provide a viable base if you are feeling brave and fancy applying some decorative finishes. For best results, make sure you apply it with firm pressure.


If you want a smooth surface to paint on, this easy-fill is the best solution for smoothing out the walls.

easifill plaster

Easi-Fill joint filler creates a consistently smooth finish and is easy to mix and apply. Combined setting and air-drying gypsum-based material for both bulk filling and finishing. This lightweight product is beneficial for quick-fix jobs like repairs, chasing in and patching. Gyproc Easi Fill has a working time of just 60 minutes and any second coat can be applied in 140 minutes.


skimcoat Plaster

Skimcoat is a gypsum-based thin plaster which can be applied on a wide range of surfaces. Skimcoat is a multipurpose plaster for gypsum and cement-based undercoat plasters, masonry and plasterboard surfaces. Its long workability time enables an easy application with a low waste rate. Skimcoat can be applied easily.


  • Joint Filler

Promix Lite Joint Filler

Promix Lite Joint Filler is a ready-mixed lightweight jointing product. It is compatible with the majority of airless spraying material. An air-drying product that has been formulated for brilliant workability and it also provides much easier sanding than other similar products.

  • Bond-It

Thistle Bond-it

Plastering becomes a simple matter when Thistle Bond-It is used. The Thistle plaster products are specifically designed for suitable to both hand or machine applications. This reliable bond provides efficient workability and consistent performance. It is specially formulated to be applied on smooth or low suction backgrounds.

Joint Filler

Joint Filler

Joint Filler is perfect for bedding in bulk fitting and tapes, formulated for consistent setting time and easy mixing. This offers an economical method of bulk along with secondary filling of the plasterboard joints. This joint filler is low shrinkage merchandise for hand application with a working time of 90 minutes and is utilized is stages 1 along with 2 of the conventional 3-stage of jointing process.

Finish Coat plaster

The finish coat plaster provides superb results and a high-quality surface for internal walls and ceilings - it is the best choice for plastering and offers a durable base for the application of decorative finishes.

Dot-N-Dab Plaster (Adhesive)

Driwall Adhesive

This bonding compound refers to the gypsum-based adhesive for the purpose of using for direct bonding Plasterboard and Metal Furring Channels. This is easy to apply directly to masonry backgrounds and swiftest way to line your walls. This is a multi-purpose adhesive that is used for Plasterboards, Insulating Laminates and Metal Furring Channel. This should be avoided for use with vapour check or moisture-resistant boards.

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