Guide to Plastering a Ceiling

It doesn’t take a genius to tell you that plastering is no easy job. It requires time, lots of A man on a ladder plastering a ceiling.patience, effort and of course plenty of practice. Plastering a ceiling is a completely different type of plastering and is possibly one of the hardest jobs you can do.

That being said, it isn’t impossible and even a plastering novice can give it a go. All you need is the right type of tools and a bit of knowledge and any DIY fan can definitely have a go. So if you know the difference between a plaster mixer and a trowel, you should be OK!

If you are up for the challenge, in this article we will share our tips and tricks on how to successfully plaster a ceiling.

First things first, you need to be prepared with the right tools. Without a decent set of tools you will not only be making your job harder but, you may also affect the quality of your work too. Be prepared with a plastering trowel, plaster mixer, a float, a paintbrush and a hawk.

In our opinion the next thing you have to do is make sure you have mixed up your plaster correctly. If you are worried about mixing plaster then why not use a plaster mixer. If you invest in a decent plaster mixer you may find that it comes in handy for when you need to mix adhesive, or paints or a number of other heavy materials.

Once you’ve mixed up your plaster, you can then place the plaster on to your hawk. At this point all your prep work is done and you are ready to start plastering.

Next, you will need to take your trowel and take a small scoop of plaster. Don’t take too much, it’s a much easier process if you start with a small amount. You will then need to begin only a few inches from the ceilings edge and in one smooth and quick swoop, apply the plaster over the ceiling. Try to be as confident as you can be with that swoop because it will show in your results.

When doing your ceiling swoops, try to ensure that the thickness of the plaster is level. If you don’t, the ceiling will look a little uneven and you may be unhappy with the results.

When you first start plastering, angle the trowel’s edge away from the ceiling. As you swoop the trowel it will hold less plaster and as this happens adjust the angle of the trowel. Therefore, the angle between the ceiling and your trowel will get smaller and will eventually be flat against the ceiling by the time you have run out of plaster.

Word of warning, please make sure the plaster doesn’t spill over the edges of the trowel. This will not only mean you have a bigger clean up job when you have finished but, you will also use far more plaster than is required.

Once you’ve used all the plaster on your initial swoop, you can then use pressure to flatten the recently plastered area. You can also use any excess plaster to fill in the gap between the ceiling and wall. As we mentioned previously, it’s a great idea to start a few inches away and this is because you could be left with unsightly clumps in the corners.

Once the edge has been filled in, it’s time to reapply your trowel and make the next application. This swoop should overlap the last application very slightly. The main thing to watch out for on this second swoop is the thickness. It is vital that you ensure the plaster is even.

You may find that you get a few trowel marks at this stage and this is not something to worry about. When you start to see your plaster set, this is the time to concentrate on trowel marks. To remove trowel marks use a float and move it across the surface of the ceiling. This will move thicker areas of plaster into the thinner areas which in turn will give you a nice smooth finish.

The final element is to apply water with a clean paintbrush, closely followed by your float.

Voila, you’re done. It’s now time to pack up your tools and relax!

2 thoughts on “Guide to Plastering a Ceiling

  1. I suggest you tell people who haven’t done a celing before to wear eye protection as a eye full of plaster and a trip to A&E to get it washed out is horrible. Then you come back to a celing that looks like Edward scissor hands has done it

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