What Is Plastering?

  • Plastering is the process of applying a mixture of cement, sand, and water to internal walls and ceilings to create a smooth, durable finish and prevent cracks and leaks.
  • We use different types of plaster from British Gypsum, including Multifinish Plaster, DuraFinish Plaster, Magnetics Plaster and more, all offering unique benefits for different applications.
  • Plastering techniques involve steps like surface preparation, base coat application, and finishing coat to ensure a high-quality result.
  • Common plastering issues, such as drying time and surface cracks, can be addressed with proper techniques and tools, ensuring a flawless finish.

Plastering is an age-old technique used to create smooth, durable surfaces on walls and ceilings. It’s a key step in the construction and renovation process, providing not only aesthetic appeal but also practical benefits like improved insulation and fire resistance. At Prestige Property Solutions, we pride ourselves on delivering quality plastering services that enhance both the look and feel of your spaces.

Definition and Purpose of Plastering

Plastering involves applying a mixture, typically composed of lime, cement, or gypsum, to surfaces such as walls and ceilings. The primary purpose is to achieve a smooth, even finish that can either be painted directly or serve as a base for other decorative elements. Plastering not only improves the appearance of a room but also adds a layer of protection against environmental elements, contributing to the longevity and integrity of the surfaces. In the next section, we will explore the various types of plaster available from British Gypsum, each offering unique properties and benefits for different applications.

Types of Plaster from British Gypsum

British Gypsum offers a range of plaster types designed to meet various needs and preferences. Each type has distinct characteristics that make it suitable for specific purposes, ensuring that every plastering project achieves the desired outcome with precision and quality. Let’s delve into the specifics of the standard multifinish plaster and understand its unique attributes.

MultiFinish Plaster

Multi-finish is the standard plaster we use due to its smooth finish and ease of application. It is made from a natural mineral, gypsum, which, when mixed with water, forms a malleable paste that sets quickly into a hard, durable surface. This type of plaster is ideal for creating seamless surfaces on walls and ceilings, providing an excellent base for painting and other decorative treatments. Its quick setting time and workability make it a preferred choice for all our standard projects.

DuraFinish Plaster

DuraFinish Plaster is known for its superior strength and durability. This plaster type is designed to withstand high-traffic areas and resist wear and tear better than standard plaster. Its robust formulation ensures a longer lifespan, making it an excellent choice for both residential and commercial properties where longevity and resistance to damage are paramount. 

FastSet Finish Plaster

FastSet Finish Plaster is specially formulated for projects that require a quick turnaround. Its unique composition allows it to set and dry faster than traditional plaster types, making it ideal for time-sensitive projects. This efficiency does not compromise its quality, as it still provides a smooth, professional finish.

Pure Finish Plaster

Pure Finish Plaster is designed with health and well-being in mind. It incorporates technology that helps to purify the air by neutralising harmful compounds, making it an excellent choice for homes and spaces where air quality is a priority. Its smooth finish also enhances the aesthetic appeal of interiors. 

Magnetic Plaster

Magnetic Plaster transforms walls into interactive, functional surfaces. It contains magnetic properties that allow walls to hold magnets, making it perfect for creative spaces, offices, or homes where flexible wall usage is desired. This innovative plaster type combines practicality with modern design, offering a unique solution for dynamic living and working environments. 

Plastering Techniques and Processes

Plastering involves several techniques and processes to ensure a high-quality finish. These include the preparation of the surface, application of a base coat, and the finishing coat. Each step is crucial in achieving a smooth, durable surface. Surface preparation involves cleaning and priming the wall to ensure the plaster adheres properly. The base coat, often made of a thicker plaster mix, is applied first and left to partially dry. The finishing coat is then applied to create a smooth, even surface. In the next section, we will address common issues encountered during plastering and their solutions.

Common Issues and Solutions

While plastering, several potential issues can arise, ranging from cracks and uneven surfaces to difficulties in drying. Identifying these issues early and applying the correct solutions can save time and effort. For example, ensuring the mix is properly prepared and applied can prevent most cracking issues. Regularly inspecting the surface for consistency during the drying process can help achieve an even finish. Next, we will address some frequently asked questions to provide further clarity on common concerns related to plastering.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Does it Take for Plastering to Dry Before Painting?

Yes, you can speed up drying by ensuring good ventilation in the room and using dehumidifiers or fans. However, avoid using direct heat as it can cause the plaster to crack.

Can I Speed Up the Process of Drying Plaster?

Yes, you can speed up drying by ensuring good ventilation in the room and using dehumidifiers or fans. However, avoid using direct heat as it can cause the plaster to crack.

What is Skimming?

Skimming is a plastering technique used to create a smooth finish on walls and ceilings. It involves applying a thin layer of plaster over an existing surface to cover imperfections and prepare it for decorating.

What is the Shelf-Life of Plaster?

The shelf-life of plaster varies depending on its type, but most plasters have a shelf-life of around 3-6 months if stored in a cool, dry place. 

What is Scratching in Plastering?

Scratching refers to the process of scoring the surface of the base coat to create a key for the finishing coat. This helps the finishing coat adhere better, ensuring a smooth and durable surface.

In the final section, we will summarise the key points discussed and offer some concluding thoughts.


In this blog post, we’ve covered the essentials of plastering, from its definition and purpose to the various types of plaster offered by British Gypsum. We’ve also discussed plastering techniques, common issues and solutions, and answered some frequently asked questions to help you better understand the process. At Prestige Property Solutions, we are dedicated to providing high-quality plastering services tailored to meet your specific needs, ensuring that your spaces are both beautiful and functional. Get in touch today to discuss your requirements and projects.

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