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Skimming plaster is a relatively straightforward job. It’s literally a few millimetres thick, but it can have a huge impact on your home. Finding an expert for your skimming is a must to get a smooth crisp finish. To refresh your walls and ceilings this year and create the ideal surface for decorating, find an expert plasterer today.

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Hi my names David from Skim Line Plastering. We offer all aspects of plastering at competitive prices. Me and my team have 20 years experience fully insured thanks David Bennett

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Reviewed by Jake on 15/10/2020

Arrived promptly. Good communication. Happy with the work done and everywhere was left clean. Fair price. Friendly blokes.

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Reviewed by Waseem on 2/10/2020

Peter did a good job for me for drylining and helping me finish carpentry work which was left behind by some so-called builder. He is likeable individual, dependable and goes out of his way to help you out. Thank you Peter.

I have been working in the trade for 18 years specialising in : Kitchen & Bathroom refurbishments, Plastering, Tiling, Hard landscaping & Carpentry just to name a few. I deliver all my projects to a outstanding finish & pride myself in attention to detaiI. I work on on high-end homes delivering various refurbishments/extensions whilst managing a team of four, within the Surrey area. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions or if would like to discuss your job further. I am happy to help where I can. Adam

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Reviewed by Jose Luis on 6/10/2020

Adam did a great job of plastering a small bedroom, hallway and landing. His quote was competitive and he was able to fit in the job to meet my timescale, completing it all in one weekend. Even including some small extra bits of plastering which were needed and hadn’t been originally quoted for. Very happy with the finished result

20 years of experience in all aspects of plastering/rendering - Traditional flat render - Pebble dashing - Tyrolean - Dry lining - Skimming - Reskim over artex - Coving - k rend coloured renders Clean and reliable honest tradesmen

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Reviewed by Richard on 22/10/2020

Great job! Exactly as described very professional and fair price. Will definitely use again.

Hello , I am Michael . Fully qualified time served plasterer of 10+ years, customer satisfaction a top priority. Work is always carried out to a high standard with a friendly service, many trade and domestic work references, competitive quotes provided

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Reviewed by Andrew on 16/10/2020

Michael has done an excellent job on replastering the walls in our bedroom. Very good value for money and is highly recommended!

Hi I'm a Professional builder.I have experience of over 20 years.I do tiling,plastering,painting,decorating.I have lots of good qualities, I'm very punctual and I always try my best.I have lots of references.If you need any recommend numbers text me plz. Been in the business for a long time and now work with my beautiful wife and hardworking Son. I am Also a Derbyshire council TRUSTED TRADER

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Reviewed by Alex on 10/10/2020

If I could give Pav, Emil and Iwona 6 stars then I would! They were all incredibly friendly, flexible and courteous throughout their two weeks decorating our home and, most importantly, they did a great job painting a variety of rooms, doors, banisters, outside fascias and skirting boards. We really couldn't have wished for a better team and I look forward to them working with us again in the future. Thanks again, Alex, Holly and the kids

RH Plastering Offers a Quality and Friendly Plastering Service. Plastering, Plasterboard Skimming Walls and Ceilings Give Us A Try

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Reviewed by Martin on 8/7/2020

From the initial first phone call through to completion of the works RH plastering was professional and very knowledgable, I must add that the standard of work is perfect and above the standard of many plasterers we have had in the past, The job was priced well and the at the completion of the works there was no mess left and very tidy. If you have any plastering to be done i would recommend Rh plastering every time, great job by great team Thank you again ....

JL plastering, a qualified, professional and quality service in all aspects of plastering and rendering.

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Reviewed by David on 18/10/2020

Really good job done by Jake and his assistant, good fair price, done in good time and walls look great, will use again for other planned jobs and would recommend to others. Thanks.

Roog Ventures UK Ltd is a UK based company with more than twenty three years working experience in interior and exterior decoration. We do k- rendering, skimming, improved perble dash, estuco venecian style. We deliver with speed and precision.

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Reviewed by Omari on 9/10/2020

Gregory turned up early and worked with his term really hard to meet the deadlines and did a great job, even in some tight conditions. Work done with a smile and professional through out. Easily one of the most pleasant experiences I've had when working with tradesmen. Gregory knows his trade, 10/10 would hire again.

DM Construction's core business is comprehensive refurbishment services. We are a dynamically developing company from Southend on Sea. Thanks to the experience gained, we provide the highest quality renovation and construction services. Our professionally selected team of qualified employees guarantees reliable work performance. DM Construction company in the field of modern interior renovations and refurbishments, helps the investor to choose the right renovation technologies. We hope that our proposals will meet with your interest. Bearing in mind the well-being of our clients, we are always ready to help in the field of technical solutions and we are happy to advise you in case of any questions. We invite you to familiarize yourself with our offer and use our services. Refurbishments - Maintenance - General Building

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Reviewed by Joanne on 1/7/2020

Prompt, courteous, efficient and very competitive pricing. All good.

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Plaster Skimming specialists - what you need to know

Skimming plaster is the secret weapon of any home renovation connoisseur, giving you a smooth, modern finish to work from. It instantly transforms a drab interior and can be used to cover up dated decorative surfaces and fusty old-fashioned patterns.

It may look easy enough, but skimming is a job for a seasoned plastering pro. The skim layer itself is wafer-thin –just 1–2 mm in depth. That means it must be applied precisely, and with painstaking care. And before you even reach for a trowel, you’ll need to ensure the surface you’re plastering is correctly prepared, while also mixing your skim plaster to perfection.

Once your tradesperson has finished skimming walls and ceilings in your home, it will be ready to decorate however you choose. But remember – painting on fresh plaster may need a dedicated base coat, or the new surface may start to flake and crumble.

What is the price of skimming?

Most plastering jobs are priced per square metre. While a full plastering job will cost around £15 per sqm, skimming alone is usually cheaper (as it’s quicker). Expect to pay between £3–£5 per sqm.

How to skim plaster

  1. Every experienced tradesperson knows that the essential first step in any job is gathering the right tools and materials. For skimming plaster, it means the correct type of plaster (more on that below). It also means a large bucket, an electric mixer (or a drill with a mixer attachment), a stainless-steel trowel, a plastering hawk, a float, a step ladder and a large paintbrush. Finally, you'll need a supply of clean water nearby too.
  2. The next task is measuring the ceiling or wall to calculate how much plaster is needed. Depending on the type of plaster your professional is using (and the manufacturer), this could vary. Be sure to check the instructions on the plaster bag. 
  3. Following those same instructions, your plasterer will slowly fill the required measure of water in a large bucket and gradually add the plaster, stirring the mixture as they go. When all the water and plaster has been added, they’ll start to mix using an electric mixer or drill. The consistency they’re looking for is similar to that of double cream.
  4. Your pro will moisten the surface of their hawk and apply some plaster to it. They can then take the necessary amount of plaster from the hawk onto the float and apply it to the wall or ceiling. When plastering, they’ll hold the float at a slight angle to the wall and work towards themselves, aiming for a thickness of around 1–2 mm.
  5. The entire wall or ceiling needs to be covered in one hit, including all edges and extremities. The plaster lasts around 30 minutes before it goes off. At this stage, the plasterer will just be looking to make sure there are no large lumps.
  6. After around 10–15 minutes, they can do a touch test. If the plaster marks but doesn’t leave a fingerprint, it’s ready to be smoothed over with a clean float. This is when any lines or bumps can be removed.
  7. It’s then time to apply a second coat of plaster, following the same process that we’ve outlined above. As soon as the second coat is dry, it can be “closed in” – smoothing it over with a metal float. This process should be repeated another three or four times, leaving an interval of around 10–15 minutes between each pass.
  8. Finally, your plasterer will use a dry paint brush to sweep away any plaster from the edge of your wall or ceiling. The plaster will then need to be left to dry out fully for a few days before decorating.

What type of plaster to use for skimming

Pop down to your local DIY store or builders’ merchant and you’ll probably find a deluge of plaster products. The type of plaster you’ll need will depend on the surface you’re skimming over.

Here's a brief guide to the types of plaster you can use for skimming:

  • Multi-finish plaster. A versatile plaster that can be used to skim over undercoats, existing decorative surfaces and plasterboard.
  • Board-finish plaster. Ideal for use on plasterboard, as well as other low grip surfaces.
  • Durable or tough-finish plaster. This versatile product is tougher than standard plaster and engineered to withstand knocks or bumps.
  • Finishing plaster. Designed to finish undercoat plasters and plasterboard, this product delivers a supremely smooth surface.
  • PVA-less plaster. A plaster that will grip without having to prepare surfaces using PVA first.

The qualifications your tradesperson needs

Your plasterer won’t necessarily need any trade body accreditations or formal certifications. But you should expect them to hold some evidence of training – either a City & Guilds, NVQ or diploma qualification. This shows they’ll be versed in best practices and have the necessary knowledge to deliver a top-notch service.

Insurance your tradesperson needs

Check your tradesperson has public liability insurance. Chances are everything will be fine. But just in case anything goes awry when your skim plastering is taking place (think stained carpets or damage to your possessions), public liability insurance will cover you and your tradesperson.

Questions you should ask your tradesperson

  • What type of plaster would they recommend using (and why)?
  • Can they skim over the particular type of surface you want to plaster?
  • Does their quote include labour and materials?
  • How would they recommend preparing the new plaster for decoration?

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