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Skim plastering is a relatively straightforward job. But, while it’s literally a few millimetres thick, the impact it can have on your home is huge. To refresh your walls and ceilings, and get the ideal surface to decorate on, find an expert plasterer today.

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

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Reviewed by Jamie on 9/1/2019

Val plastered a double bedroom for us at very short notice. He turned up on time and the plastering is perfect. I would highly recommend Vals' services.

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 Chris on 16/10/2018

This company is excellent. They came on time every single day and I’ve never seen such a good finish. They were very friendly and professional and left the house cleaner than when they arrived. I would highly recommend to anybody. You won’t find anybody with as good a finish. No need to look anywhere else. Just book them in. Thank you Mario!

"100+ five star ratings" Steven George Cook, plastering since 1985, NVQ3 qualified, gold CSCS, for a professional and reliable craftsman specialising in fireplaces and ceilings. Specialist finishes available including Venetian polished plaster, micro cement and magnetic plaster, as well as brickwork, re-pointing and repairs.

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Reviewed by Luke on 18/2/2019

Had a small room skimmed, along with a previous internal window covered and artex ceiling plastered to a smooth finish. Professional throughout and a great quality of work completed. also offered advice on future jobs, would definitely work with again

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 michael on 22/2/2019

Steve did what was asked plus a little extra. Turned up on the time he said he would. Nice job done??

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

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Reviewed by Helen on 13/2/2019

John was on time and worked solidly throughout the day. He was very friendly yet professional, with a great sense of humour. Everything was cleaned away and the job finished to a high spec. Would thoroughly recommend.

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

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Reviewed by Remi on 10/12/2018

Great job by Jim. Started the day on early as scheduled and finished the job to a high standard. Also left my kitchen very tidy after finishing the job. I'll no doubt use his services again and will definitely recommend.

Weve been plastering for over 10 years and would like to say we offer a clean and realiable service,i have qualifications in plastering including diploma level 1 and 2.There is genuinly no job to big or small for us we try being as competitive as we can when it comes to pricing the jobs and do all this in a professional manner.

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Reviewed by Richard on 9/11/2018

Steve did a good job of plastering. skimmed ceilings and walls of lounge, kitchen, and bedroom ceiling.

All work undertaken by highly trained experienced plasterer at competitive rates.

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Reviewed by Peter on 27/1/2019

Excellent at communicating and had a quote to me within a day. Work completed within a week and to a high standard. I am very pleased with the service David provided and the quality of workmanship. Any future plastering job I would go to David first.

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Reviewed by Robin on 19/2/2019

Top job ! Well finished , tidy , very competent plasterer, and a thoroughly good guy. Turned up on time and got on with it . Extremely pleased with the whole experience and the finished results. Recommended .

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 Martin on 23/1/2019

Carl turned up on time, was knowledgable and proficient in assessing my needs and situation. Unfortunately for insurance claims reasons I was not able to use him, but I felt confident that he’d have done a great job, enough for me to recommend him to others.

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Plaster Skimming specialists - what you need to know

Skim plaster is the secret weapon of any home renovation connoisseur – instantly transforming a drab interior. Used to cover up dated decorative surfaces and fusty old-fashioned patterns, skim plastering gives you a smooth, modern finish to work from.

It might look easy enough, but skimming is a job for a seasoned plastering pro. The skim layer itself is wafer-thin – around just 1–2 mm in depth. That means it has to 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, as well as mixing your skim plaster to perfection.

Once skimmed, your walls, ceilings or any other interior surface will be ready to decorate however you choose. But remember – painting on fresh plaster may require a dedicated base coat, or the new surface may start to flake and crumble.

How much does skim plastering cost?

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 skim plastering, that means the correct type of plaster (more on that below), as well as 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. And finally, 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, so 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 then 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 will last around 30 minutes before it goes off, and 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 then do a touch test. Provided 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” – by 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 be greeted by 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 ensures they’ll be versed in best practices and have the necessary knowledge to deliver a top-notch service.

Insurance your tradesperson needs

Check that 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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