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Are you planning to decorate an internal wall?
Would you like to know if it's possible to to plaster over paint?
This is something that you could leave for your plasterer to take care of, or if you wanted to save some of your budget, you could do some preparation before the plastering professionals arrive.
What is plastering? Why should I plaster first?
If your walls are uneven or rough, if you want a perfect finish to your walls, we recommend plastering or skimming. Plastering is usually done on walls and ceilings. As well as providing a smooth finish, plastering can provide structural support to the wall or ceiling too.
Can I plaster over painted walls?
The answer is yes! Plastering over paint is a possibility, but it's essential that you ask yourself the following questions first:
1 Are the walls free from damages and cracks?
2 Has the existing paint peeled at all?
If you have replied yes to either of these questions, then additional preparation will be needed before the plaster can be applied.
Should I hire a professional plasterer?
Whilst you may be an avid DIYer there are some jobs that are not worth risking. The investment in professional services will pay itself off in the long run. After all, you don't want to sit back and stare at uneven walls for the foreseeable future.
Plastering is a highly technical skill. Hiring a professional plasterer, will guarantee that your walls will be perfectly smooth once the plaster has been applied. What's more is that when you go to paint it afterwards that the paint will bond properly.
Preparing the room for your plasterer
Before your plasterer starts, it is essential to clear the room out or cover anything that can’t be taken out of the room. Plastering is a messy job - regardless of who does it. If you are planning on keeping your existing flooring, make sure that it is properly covered up. We recommend a professional carpet protector that has a sticky back, as dust sheets will move and don't ensure complete protection.
Your plasterer will need access to a water supply - make sure that the route to the water supply is protected too.
Should I remove old skirting boards?
This depends on whether you want to keep them or not. If you want new ones, then removing them beforehand will save your plasterer having to do it.
Most plasterers will find it easier (and prefer) to plaster down to an inch or two above the floor rather than to skim down to the top of skirting.
If you want to keep your skirting boards in place, then any good plasterers will be able to skim down to the existing skirting boards. Note that this is more time consuming and will increase the cost of the job.
If you would like to know more about what is required for your renovation, give us a call today.