8 Tips to Help You Plaster Your Walls Like a Boss


1) Prep your space:

Remove all loose pieces and debris, make sure all screws and nails are flushed or pushed into a dimple.


2) Line your bucket:

Lining the bucket you’ll be mixing in with a bag will help make clean up easy.


3) Mix Plaster into Water:

This will help ensure the right consistency. The plaster should be wet but still stick to your trowel when turned upside down.


4) Types of Plaster Mix:

Premixed joint compound: Good for small areas like holes and cracks. Fast drying but not as strong. Already the right consistency.

90 min/45 min/20 min: Good for larger areas, slow drying but strong. You need to mix to the right consistency.


5) Prefill:

Fill any spaces and gaps with plaster before applying any tape or beading.


6) Paper vs Mesh vs Metal:

Paper: Not as strong as mesh but creates a stronger joint since it is non elastic. Great for inner edges.

Mesh: Easier to use then paper and stronger but can get cracks due to its elasticity. Great for flat surfaces.

Metal: Sturdy and solid. Good for outer edges.


7) Spacing:

When taping edge to edge make sure to leave a 1/8” space at the ends. This will ensure when the house settles the plaster will not crack.


8) Patience:

Apply two coats and lightly sand between each coat. Do NOT touch between coats until the plaster is fully dry.


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