Finding the right plasterer

When you’re looking for a plastering supplier anywhere in the country, the answer is simple – Google it.

You’ll soon find a local builder’s merchant who can deal with your requirements. But if you want to find yourself a good plasterer, that can be a much more difficult challenge.

However, a good plasterer will not only do a professional job of plastering, walls, floors and ceilings, they’ll also know that the best plastering supplier in Cornwall can be found online ready to supply everything they’ll need to tackle your plastering job.

Finding a Good Plasterer

Plastering is a highly skilled trade and your plasterer will have their own tools and techniques for achieving the flawless finish you require. The best plasterers are generally recommended by friends and family, so ask around, as the best way to find good tradesmen is definitely word of mouth.

Once you’ve decided on one or a couple of plasterers, take a look at their websites and check their independent reviews. You’ll need to know whether they’ve undertaken the kind of job you have in mind, or whether they’re experienced in specific techniques if you need lime plastering, for example.

You’ll also need to establish their qualifications and how long they’ve been in the trade. If you hire an inexperienced plasterer, even a very good one, they’ll take far longer to finish the job than an experienced plasterer will.

What if I Want to do it Myself?

Although you’ll potentially save yourself a great deal of time and money by hiring a skilled professional, there may be times that you feel confident to tackle a job yourself.

If this is the case then you’ll need to make sure you have the right tools for the job and that you know what plastering supplies you’ll need. Depending on the job you’ve decided to tackle, you may need to apply a traditional sand or gypsum based render or a specific bonding coat and then a skim coat to give the precise finish you want.

Depending on the type of mix you’re working with you’ll have a certain amount of time when the plaster is workable, but using old plaster or dirty water can make the plaster virtually unworkable and ruin your job. Keep all your tools and buckets scrupulously clean to avoid any problems, and try and use a paddle mixer to get the perfect consistency as quickly as possible.

Where to Find Supplies

Your local builder’s merchant should have all the basic supplies and tools you’ll need. But if you want a specialist trowel, plastering bead or a special finishing plaster then you’ll have more success using a specialist website for plastering supplies. This has the added advantage that you’ll be able to compare brands and shop around for the lowest guaranteed prices.

If you need tools then make sure you purchase a plasterer’s trowel and a bucket trowel plus a hawk, all with comfortable handles. You’ll need clean buckets and access to a clean water supply, a level to make sure your plaster is true, a plasterer’s float to give the skim coat a professional polish and sturdy and reliable stepladders if you’re working at height.

Tips for Finding the Perfect Plasterer

If you decide that a professional plasterer is going to do a better job, then make sure you get at least three quotes and ask for references that your tradesman is happy for you to follow up. If they’re not, then don’t employ them. You should also be able to do some research into their business online – the more professionally they present themselves and the more transparent their business, the better.

Look at a wide range of factors when making your choice – do they specialise in the kind of plastering you want? Are they insured and can they provide samples of their work? Be wary of quotes that are too high or too low. You should never hand over any money until you’re completely satisfied with the job.

What Good Plastering Should Look Like

Whether you DIY or hire a professional, plastering is one job where clean up needs to happen immediately or dried plaster can ruin skirting boards and wooden floors. Trowels, buckets and water also need to be kept spotless or you run the risk of ruining the plaster and compromising the finish.

The perfect finish should look like eggshell, giving maximum adherence for paint and wallpaper. This is only possible if you use the best quality supplies from a trusted plastering supplier in Cornwall or elsewhere.