Plaster comes in two forms: Backing plaster, which is applied first and directly to the backing surface and Finish plaster which is the top coat which will eventually be decorated.
Hardwall is applied to the medium to high suction backgrounds. Bonding is applied to low suction backgrounds such as plasterboard or pre-treated PVA surfaces.
The finish plaster must be applied to a very high standard to avoid imperfections which would be visible through the paint.
Although this may seem like a simple skill, in reality, plastering takes time to perfect and is best left to the professionals if you want immaculate surfaces in your home.
Skimming is when you plaster over the top of an existing wall which has a few imperfections or cracks, to create a smoother finish. If the wall(s) are too damaged we would recommend a re-board.
Rendering is plaster that is applied to the outside of a property or garden wall. It helps to protect the wall or building from the elements. It can give a smooth surface which can be painted or a more decorative finish with pebble dash or block paved effect.
Render is applied in two coats, The first is a 'scratch coat' which is then left to dry for 24hrs (depending on weather conditions). Then second coat 'top coat' is applied, leaving a smooth surface for painting. If you are wanting a pebble dash or block paved effect, this is when it is applied.
Plastering & Rendering .
Tyrolean is a cementitious cement based render incorporating silicone technology. This is shown in the photo to the right.
Applied using a hand operated spraying machine, the unique ‘honeycomb’ texture is built up using several strokes from different angles until a finished thickness of 4mm – 6mm is achieved.
The substrate must possess suction capabilities for the tyrolean finish to achieve the desired effect.
Hardwearing & weatherproof, therefore highly suitable for coastal, suburban and rural environments.