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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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Hello, we are on this site for the first time, but do not lack experience. Trust our services, we will not disappoint you !!

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Reviewed by Damian on 29/1/2021

Very pleasant to work with and a good outcome achieved despite being a bad time of year for this type of task in the wet and extreme cold. Recommended and will use again.

EJ Service has 15 years of experience in painting, decorating and paint spraying. Our customers are always very satisfied with the results. We make sure our job is done to perfection!

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Reviewed by Jonathan on 11/3/2021

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At Premier Plastering Services we bring you all our work at a very high standard with hard working honest Scottish tradesmen

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Reviewed by James on 15/11/2020

Disappointed that they indicated interest then did not respond.

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Reviewed by Dominique on 20/3/2021

Awesome work and very reliable. Price was extremely reasonable, will be using his service again. Very happy customer.

I've been in the building trade for most of my working live I specialise in all types of plastering and good experiences with tilling,many years of site work but decided to change direction,I like to aim for customer satisfaction I'm also handy with interior painting and floor services.

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Reviewed by Joanna on 15/3/2021

Poor workmanship he is not a tiler. The tiles were not aligned. Poor cutting of the tiles. He made a mess by spraying newly paintd walls in other rooms. He left his food packaging on the floor. Changed agreed days to do the job. He left my job to start another, he didn't even complete the tiling (walked away from the kitchen and didn't tile the floor in the bathroom, nor did he grout the tiles. He quoted £1000, and was paid £400. The whole bathroom needs to be retiled for £1000. I have to buy more tiles

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Reviewed by Paul on 3/3/2013

A pleasure to deal with. Reliable and flexible in their approach. Gave good advice and suggestions throughout. Well recommended!

We are a family business that have been in the building trade for 16 years fitting new bathrooms,kitchens, windows and doors and so on. There is no job to big or small so take a look at our pictures of recent work carried out. We look forward to hearing from you

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Reviewed by Lirna on 21/3/2021

D & M started the job after a few agreed dates falling through. Insulation was missed out at first. On finishing there was no bottom so when drilling a hole for cables the insulation broke and came out. That was fixed. There was an issue with the gap between the wood and insulation. David sent videos to explain. The issue now is when the sun shone the wood shrunk and there are gaps between what should be over lapping wood. Despite D & M agreeing times they are yet to show.

Operated by myself and 2 family members for more than 40 years, customer satisfaction is important ,which is reflected in the satisfied customers we have provided our services to ,achieving five 5* ratings. We can assist with design /structural calcs.

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Reviewed by Val on 21/12/2020

John and his guys have been great. Always on time and focused on the job. Thanks!

Bramhill construction is a privately owned building company with over 20 years experience. Fully qualified, insured and registered members CSCS. Cob, Lime and Stone Laying, Eco Buildings, Barn Conversions / Extensions, Re-pointing Listed Buildings, ...

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Reviewed by Adrian on 15/4/2020

Worked well for me, recomend.

MORE THEN 15 years experience Apply stains,varnish Exterior AND interior painting Painting UPVC windows doors Commercial/Domestic /warehouses /spraying roof all metal work shopping centres Professional spray painter

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Reviewed by Hanice on 15/4/2021

Endorse everything said here .A wonderful job with off-spec attention to detail second to none . Reliable, professional and a lovely polite smiley guy too. Will recommend to everyone I know . Thank you Alex !

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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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