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simple to paint directly on to the old plasterwork, leaving a surface for your plasterer to skim over. If you have old painted walls that you would like to have skimmed, you should first sand and clean them off. Coating them with a weak PVA solution, Blue Grit or Thistle Bond-it will help the new skim coat to adhere nicely to the walls.
Plastering to Brickwork
Although uncommon these days, it is sometimes still necessary to plaster directly onto old brickwork or blocks. This is more commonly done on small areas of wall where old plaster has come away and is done as a ‘patching in’ job, rather than over an entire wall. It is vital that the condition of these walls are assessed and rectified where necessary — crumbling old brickwork will not take a new coat of plaster. The surface of the old brickwork will need to be thoroughly brushed down using wire brushes or wire wool before a layer of bonding or browning, a render-like substance, is applied to bring it up to the same thickness as the old plasterwork, before skimming over the entire surface.
Plasterboard or Wet Plaster?
Before plasterboard, plastering was a more laborious and expensive task. Plastering directly to bare brickwork or blocks – known as ‘wet plastering’ – is still favoured by some for its superior soundproofing. A cement render or gypsum backing (known as a scratch coat) is first troweled directly onto blockwork before this is finished off with a thinner skim coat. The downsides of wet plastering are that it takes much longer to dry than a skim coat on plasterboard, plus it can be prone to cracking. Plasterboard is now the most common surface to plaster over. It is far simpler to plaster over than bare brickwork and as it only needs a skim coat it is generally the cheapest option, too. In addition, fixing plasterboard to bare walls by screwing it to timber battens means a layer of insulation can be added in if required. Plasterboard can also be ‘dabbed’ to the wall. Sheets of plasterboard are stuck to the wall with dabs of adhesive.
An easy DIY job, cutting sheets of plasterboard to fit will save your plaster- er time — and you money. You could even fix the plasterboard to the wall yourself. The easiest way to do this is to screw it directly to timber battens on the wall and ceilings — use plasterboard screws and ensure the screw heads are sunk below the surface of the boards. (Find out how to do this using metal stud walling at: homebuilding. co. uk/ how- to- plaster board-a-metal-stud-wall.) The joints between the boards will need to be covered with scrim, a mesh tape, before the plasterer skims.
DIY Jobs Simple jobs such as cleaning off old brickwork, cutting plasterboard to size and clearing the room will all cut the labour time of your plasterer and therefore cut down your final bill too.