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This is a question that depends on what your plastering onto. There are all types of plaster with different purposes but here is the list plaster needed for different backgrounds.
If your plastering onto plasterboard or existing walls then you will need to use a finish plaster. You could use British Gypsums Multi Finish which is a finish plaster that you can use for both plasterboard and walls. It’s great to use and is my plaster of choice.
If you plastering onto brick or a high suction background then you will need to use a plaster designed as a backing coat. This is because this type of plaster can be used onto brick without cracking or shrinking. I recommend either Brtish Gypsums Hardwall or BG Browning.
They are great products that are brilliant to use on high suction backgrounds.
If you’re just filling patches then I recommend Britsh Gypsum Easy Fill. If you have a few sections that need a touch up then this is the product to use. Simply apply the product and rub it down when it’s dry.
You need loads of tools when plastering but the essentials you’ll need is a Plastering Trowel, a Hawk, a Bucket Trowel, a water brush and some buckets. You might be thinking what are all these tools? You could research on google or for a detailed overview read our article on what tools you need for plastering.
It takes approximately 2 and a half – 3 hours to fully plaster a wall. This is 2 coats of finish plaster with full drying time.
I always recommend that people use the 14″ Marshalltown Permashape Finishing Trowel. It’s a brilliant trowel that I use for all aspects of plastering. It’s strong, durable and pre-worn which means you don’t have to spend as much time breaking it in. I also recommend the Refina Superflex for the final stages of plastering.
For more information on both trowels and why they are recommended, read the article on the best plastering trowel.
You need to mix 12.5 – 13L of water with a full bag of British Gypsum multi finish plaster. This gives you the perfect consistency of plaster and makes it easy to work with. You should mix using an electric mixer and I use Gorilla Tubs for mixing purposes.
To get the full guide with videos click this article on how to mix plaster.