How To Plaster A Ceiling In Just 7 Steps

We all know that plastering can be a tricky job that takes time, effort and lots of practice – and plastering a ceiling can be one of the trickiest jobs to do.

However, with the right know-how and tools in place, plastering a ceiling can be completed by plasterers and DIY enthusiasts alike.

So, if you’re wondering how to plaster a ceiling, we’ve got some great tips from the trade! And remember, if you need to know more, our staff are always on hand to offer help and advice, just give us a call…

Once you’ve got the right tools and your plaster is mixed up correctly, you’re ready to go!

Step 1

Keeping your hawk tilted towards you, confidently scoop some of the heap of plaster from your hawk onto your trowel with one swift and smooth movement. Starting a couple of inches away from the edge of the ceiling swoop the plaster across the ceiling as quickly and confidently as you can, keeping the thickness even.

Step 2

When you first apply your trowel to the ceiling, start with one edge of the trowel angled away from it, then as the plaster on your trowel gets less and less with your movement, the angle between your trowel and the ceiling gets smaller. As you move you push the trowel flatter and flatter, until it is flat against the ceiling once the plaster has been used up. Just make sure, as you go along, that the plaster doesn’t spill over the edge of the trowel!

Step 3

You can then come back over the area that you’ve just plastered to flatten it, using a firm pressure and working the surplus plaster into the edges between the wall and ceiling. By not starting at the edges straight away you will avoid lumps of plaster clumping in the corners.

Step 4

Then, once you’ve reloaded your trowel, apply the next sweeping movement which slightly overlaps where you have just been before. The important thing with the first and second coat of plaster (and it’s a good idea to apply a second coat) is to ensure the ceiling plaster thickness is even. You don’t need to worry too much about trowel marks at this stage.

Step 5

The ‘trowelling up’ process then begins – here is the time to get your surface nice and smooth. If the plaster has just started to set and go a bit tacky, it’s time to remove your trowel marks. Concentrate on the main areas of your ceiling, rather than spending too much time around the fiddly bits such as pipes and architrave. Just keep an eye on how long the plaster is taking to set, so you can ensure you fit in doing those bits as well, to achieve a good finish with a smaller tool.

Step 6

Using your float you can now move it along the ceiling and it should naturally move the plaster from the thicker spots to the thinner spots for a nice even finish. Any surplus plaster can also be wiped off onto your hawk.

Step 7

And for the final, beautiful finish, once the plaster is setting hard, apply clean water to your ceiling with a wide brush, following closely behind with your float.

Plaster Ceiling Material Needed

• Mixing bucket and paddle
• Plaster
• Plasterer’s trowel
• Plasterer’s float
• Bucket trowel
• Mask and goggles to protect the eyes and mouth
• Bucket of clean water
• A wide brush
• Smaller tool for smoothing plaster around pipes and architrave

Technique for plastering a ceiling

Not only does plastering a ceiling take confidence and practice, but you’ll also need to ensure you’ve got the right technique for plastering a ceiling. Here are a couple of tips, which may help:

1. Find the height that’s right for you, so you can comfortably and confidently apply the plaster to the ceiling with a firm even pressure. Aim to stand with about a splayed hand’s width between the top of your head and the ceiling, so, if you’re not tall enough, perhaps look into installing some form of scaffolding or stilts.
2. A great tip is not to stand directly under the trowel once you’ve started applying the plaster to the ceiling, to avoid getting plaster in your eye – not a pleasant experience.
3. It is also possible to plaster a ceiling over artex, you’ll just need to apply a thicker coat of plaster.

If you have any queries or concerns at all, whether it’s regarding the plastering kit you need or where to start, just give us a call and we’d be happy to offer help and support.

Plastering Supplies UK

plastering-supplies-UK

At Gypsumtools, not only do we have one of the largest ranges of plastering tools, supplies and equipment on the web today, we can also deliver our plastering supplies UK wide.

It’s because of our 50 years experience in the plastering industry, that we know the last thing you want is to be in the middle of a job and then have to interrupt it, because you’re short of a piece of equipment, your supplies have run out or something has broken.

Our range of UK plastering supplies is really extensive and we can pretty much guarantee we’ve got what you need in stock. And not only that, we will deliver it straight to your door in double quick time. If, on the extremely rare occasion we haven’t got some of your plastering supplies in stock, you can rest assured that this won’t be the case for very long at all, because we’ll order them in straight away.

We supply across the whole of the UK

Our Midlands based trade counter is a perfect location in the centre of the UK to offer fast and reliable delivery of plastering supplies to your choice of location. So, whether it’s on site or to your home, our speedy delivery service means that you can get on with the job in hand, safe in the knowledge that the tools you need are on their way and will be there when you need them.

Our plastering supplies are used throughout the whole of the UK, because our customers know that even if we’re miles away from them, we can offer one of the most reliable, speedy and cost effective delivery services there is.

Plastering Tool Repair anywhere in the UK

It’s not just our extensive range of new stock that makes us the place to go for plasterers countrywide; we can also offer plastering tool repair anywhere in the UK too.

If your plastering tools break on the job, or they’re just in need of a good service or spare part, our highly qualified team of technicians can help you with fixing your plastering tools and then post them straight back to you, free of charge and ready to go in no time at all. For just £25 you can have up to three tools collected from you for free. Our technicians will then service them, take a look, advise you of the problem and give you a courtesy call to establish whether you would like the repair to be made and how much it will cost. Once the job is complete, your tools will again be posted back to you free of charge.

Free delivery to any UK location over £50

It’s because we pride ourselves on being a plastering supplies firm for the whole of the UK that we offer free delivery to any UK location on orders over £50. So, not only will you have the tools you need when you need them, but you won’t pay over the odds for delivery costs either.

Why not give us a call today to find out how our team of friendly and knowledgeable staff can get the tools you need delivered straight to you, wherever you are throughout the UK, at no extra cost.

Taping Tool repair service

Putting up drywall can be a long and laborious task, so chances are you’ll want to make sure it’s finished off to a good standard.

There’s nothing worse than getting out your taping tool only to find it needs repairing, or having it break on the job; the last thing you want is your workday ruined or interrupted by broken equipment, losing you money and time.

It’s because we realise how important your tools are to you that we offer our fast and effective taping tool repair service, getting you back on the job, finishing it off as soon as possible.

When you’re putting up a drywall it can be a long and laborious task, so chances are you’ll want to make sure it’s finished off to a good standard. There’s nothing worse than getting out your taping tool, only to find it needs repairing, or it breaks on the job, because the last thing you want is your workday ruined or interrupted by broken equipment, losing you money and time.

It’s because we realise the importance of these tools for any plasterer that we offer our fast and effective taping tool repair service to get you back on the job and finishing it off as soon as possible.

Taping Tool Repair Service online

Keeping your taping tools well maintained by having them serviced regularly ensures they last as long as they can and give you great value. It’s never been easier to get your taping tools repaired now we’ve launched our Taping Tool Repair Service Online.

If your taping tools need repairing, or you feel they could do with a service or new part, instead of forking out for costly new equipment just fill out our online form and let our experienced and helpful technicians do the rest. We’ll even collect your tools and drop them back off free of charge!

Having your taping tools serviced regularly and well maintained gets you great value out of them and will ensure they’ll last as long as they can. It’s never been easier to get your taping tools repaired now we’ve launched our Taping Tool Repair Service online.

If you feel your taping tools are in need of a service, new part or they’re broken and need fixing, instead of having to fork out for costly new equipment, all you need to do is fill out our online form and let our experienced and helpful technicians do the rest. We’ll even collect your tools and drop them back off to you free of charge!

Plastering Tool Repair Service from Gyspumtools

With many years of experience in the plastering industry, our technicians have a passion for the trade. That’s what makes Gypsumtools’ tool repair service so unique.

You can have up to three of your taping tools collected free of charge, and for only £25 our technicians will service them, diagnose the problem and contact you to discuss the issue and cost to fix. We also pride ourselves on our excellent customer service, so feel free to contact our technicians who will be happy to help with your query.

After your tools have been serviced, they will be delivered back to an address of your choice free of charge, with a quick turnaround to ensure optimum performance on your job. They’ll also last you longer, too!

Our technicians have many years of experience in the plastering industry and the plastering trade is a passion to them. That’s what makes the plastering tool repair service from Gypsumtools so special.

You can have up to three of your taping tools collected free of charge and for only £25, our technicians will service your tools, diagnose the problem and give you a call to let you know how much the repair will cost and see whether you would like to go ahead. We also pride ourselves on our excellent customer service, so any questions you may have about the tools, they would be happy to help.

Once the work has been completed, they will send your tools back to you free of charge. So you will have a set of taping tools that have been inspected, adjusted, serviced and repaired, delivered back to an address of your choice, in super quick time, ready to give you optimum performance and let you get the job done in no time at all. They’ll also last a good while longer too.

Contact Us

We realise that taping tools are some of the most important tools you can have for most drywall jobs and that you’ll want to ensure they’re in great working order. Contact us today to find out how our experienced technicians can help you with efficient taping tool repairs that will get you back to work as soon as possible.

Either fill out our online taping tool repair service form or for more information, please feel free to contact us on 08456 2 54321 where a member of our team will be happy to help.

Buy Drywall Corner Tools Online

In this article we explain why Gypsumtools is THE place to go for Drywall Corner Tools UK. Read on for more information or browse the site to see all of the Drywall Corner Tools for sale.

When you’re putting up a drywall, you’ll doubtless want to ensure the finish is as smooth and flawless as it can be throughout. After all, once your room is all freshly decorated, the last thing you want is snagging issues eating away at you in the back of your mind.

Drywall installation in itself can be a frustratingly tough job, with the corners being one of the hardest bits, so buy drywall corner tools online that will help make the challenge as stress free as possible.

Ensuring an even distribution of joint compound and keeping your drywall tape bubble free in those hard to reach corners can be a thankless task which can take plenty of time, lots of tries and leave you with a sore arm for your effort.

Ironically this is all part of your drywall finishing, at a time when you’re possibly feeling at your most weary. It’s therefore easy to see why it’s the least favourite job of many a professional plasterer.

The finishing process involves smoothing the joints between the drywall panels to get it ready for decoration and this includes the corners between the panels.

It’s important that you have the right tools for the job before you start, to ensure that it will be as easy and pain-free as possible and less timely.

Using a handheld corner trowel can be a really useful start, because it has a 90 degree angle which fits easily into a corner and flattens drywall tape or compound, leaving a smooth and professional looking job every time. It’s a drywall corner tool that offers an easy way to fill in the gaps between drywall panels with joint compound. After this is complete you can then apply your drywall tape to the joint compound, ensuring you have cut the tape to the right length and folded it in half before placing it on your corner.

The corner trowel can be used to smooth out any bubbles in your tape leaving a perfectly taped corner joint. If you’re looking to buy drywall corner tools online, at Gypsumtools we have a huge range in stock, that you can order for next day delivery or collect from our Leicester trade counter.

Take a look at this stainless steel Refina Internal Corner Trowel which is rust free and comes in three available sizes – 2”, 3” and 4”. It also has a soft handle to help reduce wear and tear on your hands. Or, there’s this Refina Adjustable Corner Trowel which is great for internal splayed angles.

If you’re not really sure where to start with your drywall corner tools, we have a Level 5 Corner Finisher Set that could be just the piece of kit that you need, because it comes with corner applicator, corner finisher and a handle of your choice, so you can really find the finishing tools that are perfect for you.

We have a huge range of drywall corner tools online and in stock, including trowels, finishers, rollers, applicators and attachments from some of the biggest names in plastering, so why not have a browse through our stock today? If there’s anything you’re unsure of, our staff have over half a century’s worth of experience in the trade and we would be more than happy to offer you help, advice and support wherever it’s needed.