You do not need to call in a renovations contractor to do some of the plastering jobs that come up as part of making improvements to your home. Embrace the DIY spirit if you know you have the knowledge and skill for undertaking such a task. Plastering is not that hard a task if you put your mind into it; you may need to brush up on your skills and knowledge before starting so that you avoid making silly mistakes that can turn into a costly problem.
In light to that, below are some tips that you can follow when doing the plastering. But before we start, you should ensure you have all the materials you require, which you can get from the local home improvement store. Make sure you are aware of the various plaster mixtures available to avoid picking what you do not need. You can inquire about what you should get from the store personnel, also, try to get some advice on how to go about the job, take a look at an interesting site about plastering.
If you are not going to work it a ready-made plaster mix, always read the manufacturer's instructions when mixing the plaster. Never pour water onto the plaster rather add the plaster into the water. You can add until you get the desired thickness. Alternatively, you can opt to add evaporated milk into the water to make the mix thick.
Start and salt cam be nifty things to use when patching up nail holes and small cracks with plaster. Take the start and salt in equal parts, mix the two together and add a bit of water. Use the past to fill in the holes then smoothen the top surface and then apply the plaster mix.
Always work fast after applying the plaster to get rid of the excess. Ensure the plaster properly fill any holes and cracks and then use a wet paintbrush to get rid of the excesses. Removing the excess plaster will help save time and the effort that will go into sanding the surface.
Sometimes, the plaster mixture can dry up quicker than expected when doing home renovations and repairs. If you do not have a hand that is fast enough to get the plastering done before the mixture dries up, you can slow down the drying process by adding a bit of white vinegar into the mix. The vinegar can also help minimize and wastages. Just pick any spills of the plaster and stir it in the mixture to achieve the desired texture.
It is vital to allow the plaster to dry before applying any paint. Give it about a week, let it cure so that it adheres firmly and lasts longer. Doing this will also help the paint to stick to the surface since the plaster is completely dry.
Sanding the surface before applying the paint can help achieve a smooth effect for an even and glossy finish. However, it is better to ensure that you achieve a smooth finish when applying the plaster before letting it cure. It will eliminate the need to sand the surface while wearing protective gear that prevents you from breathing in dust and small particles or them entering your eyes.