A small plastering work can be done by the client without involving a contractor. Learning how to plaster may save a client financial resources since such jobs at home surface quite often. A client must be willing to do it and must have the necessary tools to ensure that the task is well accomplished. It is easy to do it yourself provided you follow some basic guidelines. With these guidelines, you can easily repair, improve or upgrade a wall without compromising the quality.
To start with, the client should inquire what is necessary for the small job. Depending on the size of the job, various materials may be required in varying amounts. A store attendant can offer appropriate guidance about this and can even give recommendations of the amounts with proper work description. After this consultation, a client can buy the correct amounts of materials required.
The client should start the work by looking for a suitable mixing container. A client can improvise a mixing container for the small plastering work. He should then add the correct proportions and mix thoroughly. The plaster is then placed in the areas that require repair in correct amounts. After one is through with the exercise, the containers should be stored for similar use in future
With plaster already in place, a small brush should be used to clear excess plaster. The client should ensure that all cracks and holes are properly filled with plaster before using the wet brush. This should be done with care to ensure that only excess plaster is removed.
To ensure that a uniform mixture of plaster and water is obtained, one should take care when mixing. It is advisable to add plaster to a measured amount of water. The two should be mixed properly to avoid lumps developing in the mixture. Reversing the mixing method may result in a poor blend. The blend may lack uniformity and set poorly on the wall or ceiling. In addition, water can be substituted with milk if excellent results are desired.
A blend of starch and salt is suitable for filling small cracks on walls and ceilings. Equal amounts of the two are thoroughly mixed with water and used to fill the spaces. Similarly, open nail holes on walls can be patched the same way. The surface should be properly smoothed after patching to remove excess material.
Plaster may dry before the work is over and be wasted. To counter this and ensure that no wastage occurs, it is advisable to add some vinegar when mixing the blend. This maintains the required texture of the mixture until the work is over.
Plaster should be allowed to dry properly before repainting. One week is enough after which painting can be done.
To make sure that the surface is rough for plastering, sand should be applied before laying the plaster layer. This way, one can expect a smooth wall or a ceiling. There you are, you have done it yourself. You can now clean your tools and clear away unwanted materials.