IPM-Skimming

Plastering in your home

26 May 2020

Plastering your home can be one of those jobs you put off to avoid the disruption. If you don’t have a full replaster done when you move in, you may decide its best not to get done. While sometimes your walls will be perfectly fine for many years to come, you may find that the plaster on some walls has started to deteriorate. It may be a smart move to invest now, before it becomes an issue.

Plastering FAQs

There are a number of questions that we get asked when a customer is considering having some plastering work done. Below we have outlined a few of the most common questions.

Is plastering a messy job?

In short the answer is yes. Plastering can be an extremely messy job. Ideally plastering will be done in an entirely empty room with no carpets. However, we appreciate this cannot always be the case. When there is still belongings and carpets in the room, we aim to completely cover everything we can. As dust can get everywhere unfortunately it may not always be possible to contain all of the mess. We do aim to leave everything in the same condition as before we start.

Is skimming the same as plastering?

Whilst in some respects yes it is the same, it can also be considered different. Skimming is the name given to a thin layer of plaster that is added over the top of existing plaster to give you a nice smooth finish. This is usually done when you want to move away from the likes of wallpaper to paint and want a fresh smooth surface to paint on.
Plastering is a thicker covering, usually done over a bare wall. This is usually done when a building is initially done. However, many people opt to take their house back to bare brick and replastered if they are buying a home where it needs rewiring, as this usually means that the plaster is also old and potentially crumbling.

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Do you have to remove all wallpaper before plastering?

All wallpaper will need to be removed before any plastering or skimming can take place. If we were to leave wallpaper on it could cause the plaster to crack and fall off, leaving you with worse walls than you started with. If this is something you are unable to do yourself we can arrange with you for our team to remove the wallpaper before work is undertaken.

Can a wallpaper steamer damage plaster?

When used properly a wallpaper steamer should not damage your plaster. Try to avoid leaving it against the wall for too long and ensure that the room is well aired so that the plaster is not damp. When removing wallpaper please also try to avoid gauging out chunks of plaster with the scraper, as this is easily done when using a steamer.

Can you skim over Artex?

Artex has long since been out of fashion, meaning that it is now common practice to want to cover over the outdated artex. In short, yes it is possible. While we know that many DIY-ers will want to attempt this themselves, we do recommend leaving this one to the professionals for the best finish.
One thing to remember is that some artex contains asbestos. We certainly would recommend that you avoid undertaking any work with this yourself. It can still be covered over providing you are not planning on doing any other work (sanding, drilling, etc).

How long should I leave the plaster to dry before painting?

The time you leave plaster to dry before painting will depend on the thickness and the type of plaster used. On average we recommend leaving it 5-7 days. Speak to your plaster when they have finished for the best time frame as they will know how much/what they have used.

If you have any additional questions we are happy to answer any queries and concerns you may have. We are also happy to personalise these answers to suit your specific requirements. Please contact us today for more information.

Ians Property Maintenance,
6 Gunnell Close,
Stafford,
Staffordshire,
ST16 1AE
07921 829 349