Plasterering Frequently Asked Questions

Plastering FAQs

How much will it cost to plaster my room?
The cost of plastering really depends on exactly what needs to be done, the size of the room and any added complexity, such as access.
For example a simple plastering repair for just one wall or area of a room is likely to cost considerably less than plastering a whole room. If a room needs to be plasterboarded before skimming this is going to cost far more than purely skimming a wall because there are more materials required and it will also take longer to complete. It is possible to give an estimate by phone if you are able to provide the room dimensions, however to provide a quotation to complete the plastering work we will need to come and take a look at what’s required, check the condition of the area to be plastered and take our own measurements.
Which areas do you do plastering jobs in?
We complete plastering work in Redditch, Droitwich, Bromsgrove, Worcester, and throughout the Worcestershire area. We have completed plastering jobs and projects of all types across all areas of Worcestershire and parts of Warwickshire.
How long does it take for plastering to dry?
Generally, it will take around 3-5 days for plastering to dry out however there are a few factors that will affect the drying time of your plaster. The thickness of the plastering will affect the time it takes for the plaster to dry out. If there are any areas that require additional work, for example, if there is a void, a large crack, or a gap which requires filling then a base coat or bonding plaster may be required before skimming. This means that certain areas may be thicker than others and therefore require more time for the plaster to thoroughly dry out. If there has been significant filling it could take as long as two weeks for the plaster to be thoroughly dry and ready for painting and decorating. Another factor that will affect the drying time for your plastering work is the room temperature and ventilation. It can be tempting to turn the heating right up to speed up the drying process but this is not recommended. Excessive heat will cause the plaster to dry too quickly which may result in cracking or hazing. The best condition for allowing your newly plastered walls/ceiling to dry is to provide some ventilation by opening a couple of windows slightly. You can put the heating on, however, we recommend you keep this at a low temperature for a number of days after the plastering is completed. This will help with the drying process whilst avoiding the plaster cracking.
How can I tell if my plaster is dry?
When your plastering is first completed it will be rich brown in colour because the plaster will be fresh and full of moisture. As the plaster dries out it will become patchy, a mixture of brown and pink. Once dry, the plaster will be pale pink in colour and all of the brown patches will have disappeared. Certain areas of the plastering may take longer than others to dry out, for example, corners, areas where the plaster may have been applied more thickly, and areas that have had to have additional filling. Your plastering is completely dry once all brown patches have dried out and the surface is a consistent pale pink colour.
Will the plastering dry more quickly if I put the central heating on high?
Please do not turn the heating on full blast to try and accelerate the drying process of your plastering. It is also not a good idea to bring in additional heaters or dehumidifiers in an attempt to dry the plaster out quickly. Unfortunately it’s just a matter of being patient and allowing the plaster to dry out at its own speed. Open a couple of windows slightly to provide light ventilation. You can also put heating on but only at a low temperature. If you try and rush the process with excessive heat you’ll ruin the results and the finish of your newly plastered surface. When plaster dries out too rapidly it causes cracks or haze cracking.
How soon can I paint my newly skimmed walls?
Please ensure your plaster is thoroughly dry before you consider decorating. The plaster will take a minimum of 3-5 days to dry thoroughly and in some cases longer. Once dry, the plaster will be pale pink and all brown patches will be gone.
Can you plaster over artexing?
It is possible to plaster over artexing however there are often some additional preparation steps required. It’s best if we can take a look at the artexing so we can tell you what steps need to be taken and so we can give you an accurate price. We can also assess the artex surface for asbestos and make any recommendations for an asbestos survey. When plastering over artex, depending on the thickness and design of the artex it may be necessary to scrape back the artex to reduce the peaks and then coat the surface with PVA before skimming with plaster. This can be a messy process so in some cases we may choose an alternative and instead fill out the artexed surface by applying a bonding coat to flatten it before skimming it. The route we take will be dependent on the thickness of the artex, the size of the area to be covered, and whether or not there is any coving in place. Our priority will be to assist you in eliminating your artex in the most cost-effective way with the least amount of mess and disruption. Give us a call and we’ll come and take a look and let you know what’s required.
Do you plaster ceilings?
Yes, we complete plastering works of all types from ceilings to walls, plaster repairs, skimming, plasterboarding, overboarding, plastering whole rooms, plasterboarding and skimming house extensions, and new build houses consisting of many rooms and also plastering renovation properties. No job is too big or too small. Please contact us for a quotation for your plastering requirements.
Can you help errect a partition wall?
We can help errect partition walls. A partition wall or stud wall is a non load bearing wall which can be installed to divide up a space. When errecting a stud wall we can help with constructing the studs, which is the timber frame that provides the structure, plasterboarding, and them skimming the surface.
What is overboarding?
Overboarding is applying new plasterboard over the top of the existing plastered surface as opposed to the new plasterboard being screwed directly to the ceiling joists. Essentially it’s like applying a new skin over the top of the old one. In the case of an artexed or lath and plaster ceiling, new plasterboard would be installed over the top of the existing ceiling. When overboarding it is very important to locate and fix into the original ceiling joists.
Why are there small cracks and hazes in my new plastering?
Sometimes small cracks and hazes may be seen in new plastering as it dries due to the materials shrinking. Sometimes this can be more evident if plaster has been dried out too quickly, maybe if the heating has been put on high. Hairline cracks can occur in places and are fairly normal with temperature changes as everything does expand in higher temperatures.
What is skimming?
Skimming means to apply a thin coat of finishing plaster to an existing wall or ceiling or to new plasterboards. Skimming creates a smooth finish to walls and ceilings before painting or applying wallpaper.
What is dry lining?
Dry lining or drywalling is an alternative to wet plaster. Dry lining a wall means that you attach plasterboard to the wall and fill the joins using a jointig tape and compound. In our experience, a far superior finish is achieved when the plasterboard is skimmed by a professional plasterer. Redditch Plasterer can assist with dry lining and skimming the walls and/or ceilings of your property. Please contact us for advice on your plastering project and a free n obligation quote.
What do I need to prepare for you to plaster my room?

There are a number of things you can do in advance of us arriving to plaster your room. Where possible please remove furniture and accessories such as pictures, mirrors, and ornaments. If a piece of furniture is too large or heavy to be moved we will cover it for protection and work around it. We will cover carpets and flooring with our own dust sheets when we arrive and before any work commences. We will need access to water to carry out our work so we may need to access other rooms to fetch water and we will discuss this with you when we arrive. We will bring additional dust sheets to cover flooring in any rooms we need to access to obtain water.

If there are any existing wall coverings in place such as wallpaper or flaky paint these can be removed. We are happy to complete this work for you, however, if you can do this work yourselves prior to our arrival this will help to keep costs down. If you would like us to complete any such preparation work please make us aware of this when we are discussing your plastering job and providing our quotation.

When we are plastering we need to cover light fixtures to protect them. We do this using black plastic sacks and tape. We also need to remove all sockets and light switch plates. In most cases, we will do this type of preparation ourselves on arrival. Once we’ve finished plastering it’s best if these can be left uninstalled for a short period of time to allow for the plaster to dry. If you would like us to return to reinstall them a few days after we have finished work please let us know at the quotation stage.

It would be most helpful if you could keep pets and children in another room whilst we are working. This is for safety reasons and to avoid the transfer of plaster and dust into unprotected areas of your property.

Will you protect my flooring and woodwork from getting ruined by plaster?
We will bring dust sheets and plastic with us to protect your flooring, woodwork and to cover any furniture which cannot be moved to another room.
How long will it take for your to plaster a room?
The time is takes to plaster a room depends on what’s required, and on the size of the room. We can give you an estimated completion time when we come and look at the job and provide a quote.
Do you offer painting and decorating services?
As well as plastering we also offer a painting and decorating service. If you would like us to return after your plaster is dry and decorate please ask us for a free quotation.
Can you skim over my lath and plaster ceiling?
Skimming over lath and plaster is not recommended and could cause the original plaster to pull away from the laths which would be very messy indeed! If you have lath and plaster there are really two options, to remove the lath and plaster completely and start again, generally with plasterboard, or alternatively we can simply plasterboard over the top of the existing lath and plaster and skim to finish. Removing lath and plaster can be messy so in most cases, people opt to plasterboard over it.
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