A Guide to Buying Plastering & Rendering Materials

Because of the multiple kinds of plasters and rendering materials that currently exist today, there are people who might be confused with what materials choose for their projects. This is expected as plastering has existed since the first civilisations built their temples and monuments using lime, bricks, mortar, and gypsum. Today, modern techniques have refined the formula and created different materials that can do more than just make walls beautiful. And different brands may sell the same materials but with different properties.

As the saying goes, ‘it’s only easy when you know’. A little research is needed however, which can be taken care of by a quick internet search. But for more specific questions, you might need to consult a professional or your local hardware store.

Plastering Materials

These are the materials used when plastering a wall. Shops would divide the classification of these materials based on the finish that you would want the wall to have: Board Finish, Hardwall, Magnetic, Multifinish, and Spray Finish. Plasterers 1 Stop Shop’s line of plastering materials were manufactured by British Gypsum, UK’s leading manufacturer of plaster-based dry lining systems. Other shops also sell plastering supplies and plastering materials online, though they may be from a different manufacturer.

Rendering Materials

There are three rendering materials: the basecoats, the topcoats, and the primers. These materials all have different properties. Vimark’s Vimasil Acqua, Parex’s Paraguard, and Mapei’s Silancolor Basecoat are all water-proof. With Acqua and Paraguard being marketed to give the same lotus leaf effect on walls. Though there are examples of products that work better with other products from the same manufacturer. For example: Mapei’s Silancolor Primer Plus is marketed to work best with the Silancolor Plus range of finishing products. Another example is Parex’s Maite Monocomposant, which is marketed to work best with Parex’s PAREXTHERM and PAREXDIRECT Acrylic render systems, and PAREXTHERM Mineral render system. So choosing which basecoats, topcoats, and primers, all depends on which brand you’ll buy. You could ask professionals and your local supplier for what rendering material suits best for your project.

And finally there’s a huge catalog of plastering and rendering tools you might also want to check out before buying. Some materials might need a specific tool. If you cannot find the tool you need, it might be better to just visit a local hardware store so you can talk with a professional, or contact online shops that are providing free consultation. You can also give our team a call, we’re always happy to help.