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Why Use a Commercial Plaster Sprayer?

If you’re considering purchasing a plaster sprayer, then you’ll no doubt be wanting to M-Tec plastering machine against a white backgroundknow whether it’s worth the investment. What’s involved and how much time will it save are the questions that every professional plasterer wants to know the answers to.

The benefits of using a plaster sprayer are multiple. In this article we look at what one is and why you might want to use one.

The main benefits of using this type of machine is speed. Using a plaster sprayer enables a plasterer to skim a wall up to 5 times faster than using a hand float would. The type of plaster that is preferred by users is the pre-mixed organic-based plaster that is available in a plastic bag. Some of our machines are designed with a built-in mixer to which you can add your own materials.

The benefit of using pre-mixed plaster is that it is not necessary to clean out the machine after the completion of the job, just as long as the plaster is kept moist. Using this type of plaster also allows for any surplus to be used, therefore preventing waste. It also means that it’s not necessary for the plasterer to mix the plaster and haul the necessary water to do so. It’s also possible for the plaster sprayer to use gypsum-based plaster just as long as it’s the ‘spray grade’ version.

A major benefits of using the plaster sprayer is speed. For example, quite often the plaster can dry rapidly enough for the wall to be painted within 24 hours of application. Of course, the success of this will depend upon the level of humidity and the ambient temperature.

There are 4 main types of plaster sprayer namely:

Pneumatic sprayer – this is the most common type of machine and it has a hopper to hold the plaster that is connected to an air compressor. They are low cost and very basic.

Worm-drive pump – a pump sends the plaster into a large-nozzled spray gun. Compressed air then blasts the plaster to spray the wall.

Peristaltic pump – this type of plaster sprayer uses a peristaltic pump which works by adding the plaster to a tube that is then squeezed by rollers. It also uses compressed air to create the spray.

Piston pump – the most modern and advanced type of plaster sprayer uses a piston pump to spray smooth plaster without the use of compressed air.

Some plaster sprayer machines are designed with an internal mixer. They use advanced technology to not only mix the plaster powder and water together for you but to ensure that it’s of consistent consistency and will therefore eliminate the fluctuations of thick-thin that no professional plasterer wants to contend with. They are also built to be easily cleaned so that the components such as the pump and the mixing shaft stay in good working order for far a longer lifespan.

The role of the pump is to drive the plaster into the hose in order to deliver a constant stream of plaster. Many professionals prefer to have an additional mixing machine on hand to ensure a constant flow of plaster to enable continual production.

In our game, time is money, after all and the plaster sprayer provides a major speed advantage to the professional. This speed and the ease of plaster application is outstanding with these modern machines. They are able to ‘cut in’ around any features such as timbers and also the ceiling line.

Plasterers are usually pleasantly surprised that hauling plaster up to the top of scaffolding is no longer necessary with the right machine. Jobs that used to take up to 15 crew members working by hand, can now be performed by just 5 people or so.

If you’d like to know more about why it’s worth investing in a plaster sprayer, contact us today for a no obligation chat. Or if you’d like to see our current range of plaster sprayers click here.

The EZE 24 Plastering Machine

You’ll know by now that we love our plastering machines. They cut time and they make An EZE 24 plastering machine against a white background.things easy. After having been in operation for several years, we know a good machine when we spot one. In fact, we’ve taken things one step further and we’ve started developing our own to fill the market gaps out there with innovative products that help plasters make progress.

A new plastering machine for One Stop Plastering Shop
Just recently we launched a few machines on the market for our clients. We noticed that they were in need to a new choice, so we put our heads together with some truly thrilling designers and ingenious manufacturers and came up with the EZE 24, the EZE K4, the EZE Genset, a pressure washer and before long we will also be introducing some new air compressors to the market.

We want to show you the EZE 24 plastering machine so that you can see what’s possible and at what cost.  We’re offering these to plasterers across the nation and you can find them on our website.

Introducing the EZE 24

We noticed that there was a need for plasterers to be able to use a 110v machine that was capable of spraying anything – we’re talking base coats, renders, multi-finish and thin coat renders. It even handles external wall insulation and have been field-proven by some of the UK’s biggest contractors and unsurprisingly it’s come out as their machine of choice.

However, this plastering machine has not been produced purely for the big boys, it also suits the domestic market and has been making itself a popular buy.

Here’s what you can expect from this powerful little trooper:

The fact that it weighs only 46Kg is a blessing when you need to move this variable speed controlled machine. It’s been equipped with an air pressure regulator so that you can gain full control over the projection pattern. With a standards compliant electrical supply of 110v, we know that it’s ability to handle and even have a suitable spray gun nozzle for plaster, base-coats, render and thin coat render has won its respect from the nation’s plasterers on both commercial and domestic projects.

If you’re interested in adding one of these plastering machines to your plasterwork arsenal – find our more by visiting our website.

All About The Worshipful Company Of Plaisterers

It is time to put down your plastering trowels and find out more about -The Worshipful Company Of Plaisterers . Recently in ourBlack and white picture of Henry VII blog we wrote about three finalists that have been nominated for the Plaisterers Training ‘Student of the Year’ award. McPherson Henderson, Robert Johnson and Reece Wilson had all proved they were incredibly skilled when it comes to using plastering trowels but, when reading that post you may have been wondering who the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers were.

We spent a lot of time talking about the finalists but didn’t mention who was judging them. Therefore, in this post we wanted to share some information with you on who they are, why they were set up and what they do for the plastering industry today.

First of all, you may be wondering why they are called ‘Plaisterers’ instead of ‘Plasterers’, well there is an interesting story behind this. Even though plastering has been around since the caveman, it has only been recognised as a skill since the twelfth century. In 1501, the company of plaisterers was granted its first charter by the King reigning in England at that time, King Henry VII. This is where the spelling ‘plaisterer’ comes from. The spelling changed many years later but, the company still honour their history and use ‘Plaisterer’ in their name.

What do the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers do?

Currently, the company dedicates itself to supporting training and education in the plastering trade. It also encourage excellence in the plastering industry. By encouraging excellence, the company ensures high standards are maintained and the industry continues to be considered reputable. After all anyone can buy plastering trowels and call themselves a plasterer. But, we know it takes a real plasterer years of dedication to perfect the skill.

A teacher helping a plastering apprentice.Originally, the company formed as a trade guild of the city of London and their role was to create standards, regulate and check the standard and quality of plastering in the capital city. As you will soon find out, the company have expanded their role quite a bit since their inception.

They are the forty sixth livery company for the plastering trade and as well as regulating the standard of plasterers and encouraging new people to join the trade, they also look after the welfare and interests of those working in the profession too.

Many years ago, the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers with another eight companies also founded the City & Guilds of London institute. For those that have ever spent time in college learning how to use plastering trowels, then you are likely to be the proud owner of a City and Guilds qualification. This would not have been possible if it wasn’t for the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers.

Today, as previously mentioned, the company continue to support education and training within the plastering industry. They work closely with the British Plastering industry to encourage people into the field and they also regularly support those already working in the plastering trade by hosting annual awards ceremonies that recognises the work of plasterers throughout the country. They also hold charitable activities to raise funds for the industry and offer training bursaries to ensure people continue learning this valuable trade.

Recently, the company held an awards evening to recognise those colleges that are providing training and education within the UK plastering trade. These awards were introduced in 2001 and have become an important event in the plastering industries calendar.

We hope this shed a bit of light on the company and what they do. You can now pick your plastering trowels back up and get back to work!

The Plaisterers’ Training Awards Announces Three Finalists for Student Of The Year

The Plaisterers’ Training Awards has announced its three finalists for the Student of the A golden diploma and mortar boardYear category. The awards ceremony will take place at the Plaisterers’ Hall in London where the winner will be revealed. All three finalists have been invited to the prestigious event and even though there can only be one winner, they have all done exceptionally well to be nominated and shortlisted in this category.

The awards ceremony began over seventeen years ago in order to recognise the highest standards of achievement in training and education for those working in the drylining and plastering trade in the United Kingdom.

The Student of the Year category is a relatively new category in the awards ceremony. The Student of the Year award was introduced five years ago to help recognise a younger generation of plasterers.

Every year, the event is organised by the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers’ who are incredibly honoured that they get to find and highlight some of the best plasterers and plastering students currently working and learning in the plastering trade.

As we all know, plastering is an incredibly old skill but, over the years new techniques have been introduced and it is exciting to think of what plastering tools and techniques can be improved upon by a younger generation.

In fact, we could take it one step further. Can you imagine what new plastering tools, products and techniques this generation of young plasterers could invent?

It is so important that colleges and employers across the United Kingdom are encouraging the youth of today into this field. The Master of the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers, Bill Mahony said: “We are pleased to have this opportunity to recognise a new generation of skilled and enthusiastic young people wanting to keep old skills alive and also new techniques.”

The finalists that have been shortlisted are: McPherson Henderson, Robert Johnson and Reece Wilson.

McPherson Henderson was recently involved in a serious car accident but thanks to his determination, McPherson has continued with his education and moved on to Level 3 in plastering. Lambeth College recognised his determination and nominated him for the award. McPherson is clearly handy with a set of plastering tools as he has previously been awarded a Bronze Medal in Skillbuild.

The second finalist is someone we wrote about in another post recently, Robert Johnson. Robert Johnson represented the United Kingdom in the World Skills competition in Brazil this year. Originally from Middlesbrough in the North East of England, Robert received a Medallion of Excellence which makes him one of the best plasterers in the world. Like McPherson, Robert clearly knows what he is doing with his plastering tools as he achieved the highest number of points from a UK competitor.

The Lord Mayor of London in a golden coach.The final finalists goes to Stockport College student Reece Wilson. In between college, Reece works for Alan Allinsons and like McPherson and Robert, Reece is no stranger to plastering fame. In 2014, Reece’s skills with his plastering tools allowed him to achieve second position in Skill Build. He was also nominated for the British Gypsum’s ‘Student of the Year for Plastering’ award which he then went on to win. His plastering skills have also got him a place in Team UK at World Skills 2017.

The Lord Mayor of the City of London will present the awards to the winner. The awards ceremony will be attended by other finalists as well as industry leaders in the building finishes sector and the interiors sector.

We want to wish all the finalists the best of luck, unfortunately there can only be one winner but, it is exciting to see such talent in the plastering industry.