What Tools needed to plaster a wall?

If you’ve got a plastering job on and are unsure where to start, one of the many questions you maybe asking yourself is ‘what tools are needed to plaster a wall’? It’s always good to start with the right equipment, that way, once you’ve started the job, there’s no need to down tools and pause what you’re doing when you realise there’s a plastering tool you haven’t got.

We’ve got a huge stock of plastering tools at Gypsumtools featuring products from all the best brands so you can ensure you’ve got the right equipment for the task in hand. Here is a handy list of tools needed to plaster a wall.

Trowel – this is a long rectangular tool which can be used for applying plaster to the wall or smoothing it out. Make sure you use a good clean trowel for the job, to ensure the best finish you can get. We have a multitude of plastering trowels in stock to choose from in some of the most popular brand names, including Marshalltown and Nela. If you’re not sure which one to pick, our staff are always on hand to offer advice.

Hawk – this is a metal square with a handle on the underside, which is a great tool for holding the plaster in place while you dip your trowel in and apply it to your surface. You just hold this in one hand, the trowel in the other and away you go. It does make the job take less time and is a popular choice for the professional plasterer, however if you’re not used to a hawk, it might be best to go with the cement pan (or mud pan) to start with and avoid the spills.

Knife – a good knife is certainly one of the materials you’ll need when plastering and it can be a great piece of kit for all manner of things, from cutting plaster, plasterboard, drywall or tape, to repairing holes in the plaster, or spreading plaster over a small area. There are different kinds of knife available for different plastering jobs, so whether it’s a utility knife, Stanley knife or a jointing knife you need for the work, have a browse through our range.

Water brush – these should be able to tolerate extended exposure to water and can be used as a simple water brush or also for painting ceilings or walls.

Stepladder – not strictly necessary if you’re really tall, or have a piece of wall to plaster that’s not very high. But, for ceilings and hard to reach places these can be invaluable pieces of kit, especially if they also come with a pan shelf for your mud pan.

Spirit level – once you’ve smoothed your plaster down with a trowel, or fixed your plasterboard in place, these are incredibly useful for making sure your work isn’t wonky!

Corner trowel – these are such useful tools when you’re plastering a wall. They’re great for getting into the corners at the edge between the wall and the ceiling when you’re plastering, creating a perfect 90 degree angle, whether you’re using drylining or plaster.

Pole sander – when you’ve done the plastering and you’re smoothing and sanding it down, this is a useful piece of kit for reaching the hard to reach places, to ensure a lovely smooth finish across the board and not just where you can reach.

What you have to remember when you’re wondering what tools are needed to plaster a wall, is to get prepared beforehand. Make sure you have everything you need all ready and prepared for your plastering job before you start.

If plastering is new to you and you’re really not sure where to start, take a look at our plasterer’s starter kit, which includes mixing bucket, bucket trowel, water brush, Hawk, plasterer’s trowel and Wiss straight cut snips. And remember, if you have any questions, we’re more than happy to help. Give us a call or pop in to our Midlands based trade counter today.

When you order online we also offer next day delivery straight to site and free delivery on orders over £50.

What Materials are needed for plastering?


At Gypsumtools we not only provide equipment and supplies for professional plasterers, but we’re also the first port of call for any DIY enthusiasts out there. If you’ve got a plastering job on the cards and are new to the game, you may be wondering what Materials are needed for plastering?

You could have already decided on whether it’s wet plaster or drylining that you need, because both have pros and cons. While wet plaster is the traditional method that offers better sound proofing and it’s easier to fix things to when its done, it takes a lot longer to dry than drylining, meaning that a drylining plastering job will be quicker all round.

But once you’ve made that decision, what materials will you need for your plastering job? Here are some pointers:

Plaster – When you’ve decided on wet plaster for the job, working out which plaster best suits your needs is a good place to start. Plaster is one of the oldest building materials used by man and was originally used centuries ago in primitive mud form, to hold buildings together.

These days it’s predominantly used to repair damaged walls or provide a smooth surface on interior walls and ceilings ready for decoration and the majority of plaster is cement based or gypsum based. Have a look at our gypsum based plaster and choose from our setting compound or jointing compound for drywall systems, or our Thistle multi-finish which will provide a smooth high quality surface on a wide range of backgrounds and make a great base for your decoration.

Plasterboard – if wet plaster isn’t your thing and it sounds far too complicated a process, drylining is an option that has been around since the 1940s. It involves using plasterboard, which is two layers of gypsum held between two outer layers of lining paper. The plasterboard is stuck to the wall using adhesive and it’s a great option if you’re looking for some good sound proofing. It will also offer a smooth finish that is ready to decorate pretty much straight away.

Plasterboard adhesive – this is the material that will help you attach your plasterboard to your brick or block work. It’s often a preferable method to screwing the plasterboard to the wall as it goes straight onto bare brick and won’t leave unsightly holes that will need filling in. There are two methods to using adhesive – either dot and dab or the direct bond method. They’re pretty straight forward, but we’re always around to offer advice if you’re unsure.

Bucket of clean water – this is really handy for keeping tools clean, wetting your sponge or adding to your plaster to make it thinner and easier to spread about. View see our bucket range.

Extra bits of kit – think preparation before you start the job and get some good dust sheets to put down to protect your carpets and furniture, an effective dust mask for when you’re sanding the surfaces down, as well as sponge and sandpaper for a smooth finish.

We’re always open for advice!

At the end of the day, if you’re really not sure, our staff have more than 50 years of experience in the plastering industry, so whether you’re online or you’re making a visit to our trade counter, if you’re not sure what materials you need for plastering or what plastering tools you need, just give us a shout.

Drywall Taping Tools For Sale

Whether you’re a DIY enthusiast or a professional plasterer, if you’ve just put up a drywall, it can be a pretty laborious task, so, you’ll want to make sure the job is finished well. This means you’ll want the right drywall taping tools for sealing those joints and filling any nail holes that are left behind.

At Gypsumtools, we’ve got a wide selection of drywall taping tools for sale, including some Level 5 affordable taping tool sets that should help you get the job done in no time, leaving a perfectly smooth finish that’s guaranteed to last.

A great way to get started with your drywall taping is to buy one of our kits which contains everything you could need. For instance, the Level 5 pro-finishers set is perfect for those who like to finish their drywalls by hand. It includes 10” and 12” Flat Box Drywall Taping Tool, Box 42” Handle and Drywall Compound Pump with filler nozzle.

If it’s value for money you’re looking for, then try our Level 5 mega bundle, which includes automatic taper, compound pump, gooseneck, 2” nail spotter, corner finisher, corner applicators and corner roller.

We also stock a useful drywall taper with wood and web handle which has a large mud capacity and holds all 500’ rolls of tape, with an adjustable slide/ blade to regulate the mud, cutting the tape quickly and cleanly.

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There are also some other bits and pieces you may want to make sure you have to hand before you start:

  • Cement pan (or mud pan)… A good cement pan should be made of metal, rust resistant and easy to clean, with thin edges, tapered ends and side to enable easy knife cleaning and it should be simple to hold in one hand, while you go to work with your taping knife in the other.
  • Paper drywall tape… this is designed to cover the seams in the drywall, which is then held in place by the joint compound (or mud, as some like to call it). The tape should be strong, as well as being tear and water resistant. Drywall tape often has a rough rugged surface to maximise the adhesion to the joint compound.
  • A good taping knife..  the 10 and 12-inch taping knives are great for finishing the job and feathering the edges. If you check out the drylining tools for sale that we have in stock, both online and at our trade counter, you’ll find a comprehensive range including ones by popular plastering brand Marshalltown. These taping knives have both a durasoft handle to give added durability and reduce fatigue, with a tempered stainless steel blade.
  • Steel knife.. this should be no wider than five inches to allow the tape to be fastened within the recessed area of a joint.
  • Corner trowel … to enable you to apply the compound to both sides of a 90 degree corner at the same time, saving you time and effort and leaving a smooth finish.

And remember, our staff are always on hand and available to help you with any of your drywall taping tools or plastering tools questions, needs or requirements. We’re always happy to help, so come and visit us at our Leicester trade counter, or if you’re shopping online, why not give us a call?

Find out how you can make huge savings on our taping tools with our Taping Tool Kit Builder, featuring DeWalt and Level 5 taping tools.