If you haven’t seen our first part of how to plaster your walls definitely check that out. Here are our next 5 tips to create an amazingly plastered wall. The next step after mixing your plaster initially is to stir your plaster continuously to thicken it. Don’t forget after your initial mixing to do this consistently to make sure you keep a good consistency akin to a delicious jar of peanut butter. Take your wooded stirring utensil and see if it will stand up in your plaster to be sure it is the right consistency.
Now that you’ve done the initial prep work it’s time to get applying your plaster. Your next step in the process is to start troweling out some plaster onto your wall. Your hawk board will be where your plaster gets placed.
After it is effectively in your hawk board grab your handy dandy trowel and a small amount of plaster. Get your plaster from the hawk board in the middle of your trowel. You should have enough plaster to spread it from the ceiling to the floor. Add additional plaster as it becomes necessary starting with a conservative amount and not a ridiculous glob.
Your next step is to start smearing the plaster on the wall, starting with the bottom portion. Using an arc motion to smooth the plaster as you begin to stand up and apply plaster to more of the wall. Make sure your trowel is sitting at a slight angle so that plaster isn’t coming off the wall unnecessarily. Get your thickness at about 3/8” on the initial coat.
Repeat the previous steps by taking care of the wall in sections and traveling from bottom to top throughout a room. A step ladder may be necessary in applying plaster to higher areas if you’re not a super tall bean stalk person or something.
After that you will then work on getting your plaster to a smooth and even consistency on every wall. Look for bumpy spots and for where the plaster may not be even to gently smooth over again. Get your perfect polishing like you are putting frosting on a cupcake and you don’t want it to look ugly. You may need to rewet sections to use the trowel on later. For an extra cool first layer for the second layer, think about using a notched trowel to get the plaster ready for the second coat. If you don’t have that you can even use a fork, as long as your mom won’t get mad.
Now you’re getting to the end of the process and putting on the second coat. You really made it this far. Be sure to give yourself a serious pat on the back champ. Your second coat only needs to be about 2mm covering the missing spots completely. Take a float to smooth this beautiful plaster out with. Take that float and work it all over the plaster to get a nice even keel consistency. Don’t mess this up, because you might regret the day you were even born, or you’ll just have a lot to do again.
Your final step is to…just wait. Now that you’ve done the really hard work relax and wait for your plaster to set or work on other plaster or paint that you need to work on in the meantime. Thank you for reading the next steps to plastering and we hope you have fun plastering your walls or let us take care of it for you. Thank you to Wiki How and their article titled “How to Plaster a Wall” for these amazing tips.