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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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Company was established in 1997 concentrating in plastering & Tiling in private housing

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Reviewed by Simon on 17/6/2019

Quick to respond, good workmanship and reliable

I am hard working and reliable, I have been in the business 18 years and my work is second to none. I pride myself on my excellent workmanship and being able to give my customers the best possible price. I guarantee all my damp proofing work. I will come out at a time to suit you for a free no obligation quote.

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Reviewed by David on 28/7/2019

Agreed a reasonable price, turned up on time and did an excellent neat job at short notice. Would recommend

Speads plastering services estalished since 1979 Reliable clean&experiance service with reasonable rates

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Reviewed by Calin on 29/7/2019

don’t come across tradesmen like Val everyday. Wish I would have met him 8 months ago. Clean, reliable and professional. The price he quote was the price I paid. Could not recommend him enough. And yes I would definitely use him again. Thanks Val for your help.

Time served plasterer with 30 years experience. Dealing mainly with domestic work and specialising in skim coating and cornice work. We also do ceiling renewals and repairs and coving. Artexing and repairs to existing artex. No job too large or small and discounts offered to O.A.P’s.

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Reviewed by Allan on 29/7/2019

John skimmed over artex in our hall and 2 ceilings. we have also been getting various jobs done throughout the house and John was only too happy to help patch up holes made over and above what we had hired him to do! would definitely reccomend John if your looking for a top rate plasterer.

JP Plastering. Been plastering 27 years. No job too small. Free quotations on request.

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Reviewed by Neil on 29/7/2019

absolutely made up . John turned up on time . was very neat and clean . made up with the finished result

I am an experienced plasterer in the Hampshire & Surrey area . Over 20 years experience within the plastering trade and have extensive knowledge in traditional and modern plastering . Reliable & friendly service guaranteed.

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Reviewed by Krystyna on 15/7/2019

This is the second time I have Carl in to plaster. Very much recommend

I have been a plasterer for the past 40 years I work with just me and my son, I cover everything in plastering, I have a wealth of knowledge. So please don't hesitate to ask me any questions

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Reviewed by Grace on 16/7/2019

KC plastering did a fantastic job - it can’t have been easy plastering our tiny kitchen and hall. They worked unbelievably hard and cleaned everything up afterwards too - I would absolutely recommend them!

For friendly reliable service. Over 10 years experience. No Job to big or small - guaranteed work and attention to detail is everything 5* plus decorating service available

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Reviewed by Steph on 21/7/2019

Prompt response, good quality workmanship and good value. Would recommend.

We are doing mostly plastering. Quality is very important to us and we guarantee it. Clients for us always come first.

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Reviewed by Liz on 21/7/2019

I highly recommend Dim for any plastering work. He is reliable, arrives when he says he will, and works really hard to get the job done to a good standard. His quote was very reasonable and he kept any mess to a minimum. I recommend for any job. Thanks

With more than 16 years experience, I guarantee a high-quality, professional finish on all work carried out, I pride myself on providing fair quotes and working with my customers to give them what they want, at prices they can afford.

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Reviewed by Ian on 27/5/2019

Cannot thank them enough for the way they reacted to my son's problem. Came on time explained what needed to be done and said could be done next day. Very polite, quote was roundabout what I expected. Our son was so pleased with the outcome & we were very pleased with the quality of work done. We have now asked for a quotation for work on our house & would have no hesitation in recommending Gary. A very big thank you for all you have done.

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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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