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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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Reviewed by Sophie on 30/1/2020

This was the second job we have had done by Pro skim plastering in the space of 2 months! Outside blown render repaired and matched in to a high standard. Quoted quickly for the job a very fair price, booked a date to do the job and turned up on time.

PROVIDING CLIENTS WITH DESIRED OUTCOMES THROUGH UNDERTAKING HIGH QUALITY PLASTERING. OUR IMPECCABLE REVIEWS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.

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Reviewed by Lee on 21/3/2020

Daniel did an excellent job plastering my ceiling. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend and will definitely be using again

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 Oana on 13/2/2020

very good and prompt service. Fully recommended

I have been tiling and plastering for over 20 years.13 year my own business .Very reliable person who will treat your job like my own house.All aspects of tiling and plastering .From fit only or full bathroom rip outs. Plastering skim coat. Atrex removal

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Reviewed by Gill on 18/12/2019

Martin did an excellent job plastering my room to a high quality. Great value and prompt to provide quote and carry out the job. Very pleasant and I would highly recommend

My name is Stuart White I am the proprietor of PREMIER DECORATING SERVICES . I Have been Plastering , Painting and Decorating for 9 yrs now , we only accept 100% customer satisfaction ,I am very clean ,hard working professional , you won't b disappointed

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Reviewed by CHERYL on 18/2/2020

Premier Decorators completely replastered my horrible Artex ceilings throughout the house. They did a brilliant job and nothing was too much trouble for them. I will certainly be using them again.

Hi i am a local plastering company established in 1994. I am time served and have been in the trade for 32 years I have extensive experience in all aspects of internal and external plastering damp proofing and decorative plastering as well as tiling and floor screeding

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Reviewed by Emma on 19/11/2019

Turned up when he said he would, great job, reasonable price and tidy!

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 Robert on 29/3/2020

Happy to work, I can recommend I worked with David earlier. Greetings

Hi have been decorating 38 years! There isnt much i dont know ref, painting / dec! If you chose me you will be pleased with results!! Thanks Rob

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Reviewed by anthony on 3/3/2020

Excellent in all categories. I would definitely have Rob again and would have no hesitation in recommending him to friends Price was right and he even did more than he quoted for without extra cost Very punctual and he vacuumed afterwards. Very experienced and a really nice guy

Rely on the professional plastering contractors at Rd and Al Clements plastering. We have over 25 years experience in the plastering and rendering business and cater to provide excellent services to demestic and commercial customers in Wiltshire and the surrounding areas.

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Reviewed by Chris on 23/1/2020

Clean tidy easy to deal with and reliable top workmanship really happy with the job would use again and recommend to others

At O.B.Build we want to make your home look amazing inside or outside.We take pride in our work and can handle any job or task.We are clean tidy, polite and always deliver a quality finish

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Reviewed by Sam on 27/2/2020

John is a 'can do' person who takes care and attention over the work he does while delivering excellent value for money. I intend to use him again and have no hesitation in recommending him.

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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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