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Plastering Stippled Ceiling
If you have decided to plaster over your stippled ceiling weather it is the living, bed or bathroom. Make sure you have covered the entire floor surface with dust sheets as this can be a messy job. The very first thing to do is make sure that there are no loose spots; the next thing to do is to remove all obviously high spots.



When all the above is completed the ceiling will now require a coat of PVA adhesive, this can be purchased in a gallon containers from your local DIY outlet or builder's merchants. Dilute the PVA at a rate of 1 to 1 with water and stir well. Paint this on to your ceiling with the use of a large emulsion brush. Now leave to dry, which will take about an hour.

A 97 scaffold with ladders

I would always suggest two coats of PVA solution as you will get an excellent seal to the ceiling. Stippling is a very pour us product and the skimming plaster can go off very quickly. The extra coat of PVA will not only help the adhesion of the plaster, but will also dramatically slow down the rate of moisture absorption, giving you more time working on your surface.

safety wear

I would always recommend when working with plaster to wear a pair of rubber gloves for protection to your skin. Now with your dust sheets completely protecting your floor erect your working platform. This can be scaffolding or simply a couple of milk crates, set at the required working height, always make sure both are safe and stable to work off.

3. plastering mixing drill

Skimming plaster can be bought in bags of 25kg you will find the mixing instructions on the bag. Mix the plaster to a creamy consistency using an electric drill on slow speed same can be rented at your local hire centre.

3. plaster in bucket

You apply the plaster to your ceiling using a hand held board and a plasterers trowel. No more that two trowels full should be placed on your board at any one time, now cut into a small section of this with the trowel held at 90 degrees to the board. Tilt your board towards you while pushing and “scooping” the trowel and plaster away. Once you have the plaster on the trowel, spread it evenly on the surface. Never try to smooth it at this early stage.

Now go back and start smoothing where you started skimming, you will have to repeat this procedure over the surface two or three times to get the plaster absolutely smooth. If your plaster is going off to quick, you can spray or flick a brush with some water on to the surface; this will give you an extra couple of minutes to work the surface.

3 plastering ceiling

If you are an absolute novice at plastering I would suggest that you test out this method on a small area of ceiling first.
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