Frequently Asked Questions
Good quality plaster is the key to beautiful walls. We have one coat plaster (perfect for when you’re short on time) and multi-finish plaster that is suitable for a wide range of backgrounds. Designed to be used straight from the tub, our ready mixed plaster is ideal for returning walls to a smooth finish in preparation for decoration. Perfect for interior use, our Gyproc Easi-Fill plaster works for jointing and taping, filling damaged wall and ceilings, or as an adhesive to secure coving. With a high coverage rate and minimal drying shrinkage, it allows for easy application and sanding.
What are the 2 types of plaster?
When it comes to different kinds of plaster, the two main types are cement plaster and lime plaster. Cement plaster is a traditional formula, made from a mixture of cement, sand and water. It usually comes as a powder and must be mixed with water to form a usable paste. It is very strong and leaves a flat surface, ideal for decorating.
Lime plaster consists of a lime, sand and water mixture and is often used as a topcoat as it helps to preserve walls and prevent cracking. It also leaves an attractive, natural aesthetic and can be applied with a textured finish. Venetian plaster is also a popular option and is a specialist lime plaster that is finished with pigments to give a beautiful colour.
There are several variations of lime and cement plaster that are suited to a variety of surfaces and will create several different finishes.
What type of plaster should I use?
The type of plaster you use will depend on what you're using it for. If you're preparing an internal wall for paint or wallpaper, one coat and multi-finish plaster are good, versatile options. One coat plaster (a Venetian formula) acts as both a base and finishing coat, helping you to achieve a professional finish with far less effort. Multi-finish plaster is quick-drying, spreads easily and can be used to create a smooth finish on an array of surfaces.
What is the best plaster for skimming?
Skimming is the term used for applying a thin layer of plaster to a wall to create a smooth finish. You'll need a topcoat or multi-finish plaster (a cement-based formula) that can be applied in a thin layer.
What is the strongest plaster?
Hardwall (a type of Venetian plaster) is extremely durable, making it a good choice for high-traffic areas on masonry walls. Tough coat plaster is even stronger than hardwall formulas and is often used as an undercoat on surfaces where other types of plaster would not be suitable.
What is the best plaster for wall repair?
One coat plaster is a good option for wall repair thanks to its slightly thicker and useful 2-in-1 formula.