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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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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 Richard on 26/1/2020

We made an appointment for 9 a.m. but The previous evening he had to move this to 11 a.m. Not a major problem but we had to change some plans. I like to pay by bank transfer but this tradesman insisted on cash.

Hi me and my team working very hard always come on right time looking after customers

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Reviewed by Ben on 27/1/2020

Patryk and his team did a good job and were respectful. I would use him again for any future jobs.

HI everyone family run business .Experienced painter and decorator, kitchens fitter .we offer laminate ,solid flooring landlords offices school welcome domestic and commercial

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Reviewed by Abose on 7/11/2019

We were very happy with the outcome.. They were very professional in their approach and they tided up after themselves. They were fair with their pricing and I would use them again. Highly recommend.

Hi my name is Davy i have been plastering 30 years in the industry i do roughcasting and all modern renders i have been on building sites all my working life now i have been self employed 15 years doing domestic work and working for small building firms . Other skills l have are External wall insulation and Venetian plastering

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Reviewed by Ann on 23/7/2019

Couldn't have got a better tradesperson everything excellent.

Supreme Plastering Services LTD Offers a wide range of services varying from, Plastering Rendering, Dry lining. Myself and my team have over 16 yrs or experience. First Started off in London City working on luxury apartments to high standards. We are very professional and produce high quality work. We have top quality equipment to delivery top quality finishes. Once the work is completed we will also make sure the property or location is left clean. We also concentrate on time keeping and producing high quality finishes to a set time so your project will also be delivered on time.

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Reviewed by Todd on 18/7/2019

Adrian provided high quality work. The materials used were high quality. Despite walls that were in poor condition, Adrian was able to produce smooth walls with very precise corners. He provided an accurate estimate of time to complete the job. The price was a little higher than estimates from other tradespeople but the higher price was well worth it as the quality of work was excellent. It's great to have a reliable plasterer for future work.

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Reviewed by Gila on 28/4/2019

Top notch in every department. Polite,excellent attention to detail and cleaned up immaculately.

A.K.M Render Systems are specialist in high preformance renders colour renders and Brickeffect render we do not have pushy sales men what you see is what you get we believe in giving fair prices for quality work all our work comes with 10 year guarantee

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Reviewed by peter on 28/5/2019

Friendly Team very reliable and professional did an outstanding job which we are very happy with. They were very tidy. We would have no hesitation on recommending this company to anyone nice work job well done

friendly family run business, 20 plus years experience.

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Reviewed by Kristina on 25/9/2019

Great job well done Thanks

Make your home as comfortable and attractive as possible and get on with living.There's more to life than decorating.If you looking for help,solutions to make your interior design ideas come alive I'd be happy to support,advise or simply do it for you.

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Reviewed by ROBERT on 8/5/2019

Jimmy and his team were first class, excellent standard of work. Also clean and tidy as the job progressed.

We are a one stop building company.We have been building for over 24years.We provide a full building sevice from electrical and plumbing works ,to plastering or extensions .We carry out all what you would ever need from a small dedicated building company .

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Reviewed by Barry on 2/9/2019

Response to posting was immediate. Quote was quick and reasonable. Work carried out exactly as agreed, quickly and efficiently. Tradesmen friendly and unobtrusive. Good customer service, checked to ensure we were satisfied.

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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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