What preparation do I need to do to my room before you arrive to begin plastering?

All furniture and furnishings need to be removed from the room or work area prior to work commencing, this is especially important when skimming ceilings.   Carpets can be left down as they are thoroughly sheeted over to keep them well protected.

Can you plaster over my wallpaper?

Under no circumstances should plaster be applied over wallpaper, you will need to have all paper removed entirely before plastering can begin.

How messy is plastering

I would rather customers were fully informed and as such I have to tell you that plastering has the potential to be the messiest trade you can have in your home.  Having said that DPS Plastering does it’s utmost to keep all areas tidy . All areas are sheeted out as necessary and once work is completed we hoover behind ourselves to give you the cleanest room we can.  We work hard to leave everything just as we found it.

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

Drying times will depend upon the type of plaster used, it’s thickness and the substrate – but generally a plastered finished will be ready to paint in 5-7 days

How do I prepare my new plaster for painting?

New plaster needs to be sealed before being painted. You can buy a new plaster sealant from all DIY shops or alternatively you can apply a ‘mist coat’ of paint, this is a watered down MATT emulsion (70% paint to 30% water) just remember that some own brand emulsions are already fairly watered down so will need less diluting.

What is Skimmimg?

Skimming or a re-skim is the application of a finishing plaster applied in 2 coats to an overall thickness of about 3mm, to give you smooth walls ready for your new choice of paint or wallpaper.

What is dry lining?

The use of plasterboard in place of wet plastering. Drylining is used more and more frequently due to its time and cost advantages. The boards are either screwed or bonded directly to brick or blockwork walls, providing a surface ready to be skimmed.

What is Floating?

Also called wet or solid plastering, floating is The use of a thick backing plaster to create a solid wall surface,applied directly onto brick or blockwork,this plastered surface is then skimmed to create the final smooth finish, a process known as float and set