How to Use Scrim Tape: A DIY Guide

Posted by HannahK 07/10/2019 0 Comment(s)

Scrim tape is perfect when you’re plastering over plasterboard.

When plasterboard has been used on the walls of a room, you’ll find gaps between each sheet – if plastered, these gaps pose weak points causing a high risk of cracks appearing. You can combat this by using a self-adhesive ‘scrim’ tape like Fibatape or Euroscrim which are really popular high-quality varieties for professional plasterers and DIYers alike.


Step 1

Smooth your chosen scrim tape onto the plasterboard joints ensuring it covers both sides equally. You can cut to size using a joint knife.


Step 2

Use your specialist plasterer’s tape for all internal corners to prevent cracking as well. As with the main joints, make sure both sides are covered equally and cut the scrim tape to the correct length.


Step 3

Once all scrim tape has been applied you can begin plastering immediately. Ensure you have the right plastering tools and good quality plaster to ensure a smooth, perfect finish.


Scrim tape application tips:

Many people are often surprised to find that scrim tape isn’t overly sticky, and this is because it doesn’t need to be. As long as your tape has stuck to the plasterboard, your plaster will cover and give strength – you don’t need to worry about the tape becoming loose.

Avoid overlapping separate lengths of plasterer’s tape just in case one of them gets caught by your trowel.

Scrim tape is something most professionals have in their toolbox. It’s one of those handy tools you’re always glad to have with you and ensures a seamless look every time.

Shop plastering scrim tapes today. As experts in the industry, our team have tried and tested Euroscrim and Fibatape. Both varieties have never let them down. Order before 3pm Monday – Friday for next day delivery.