DIY Plaster Repair

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Cracks and holes in your plaster can occur when furniture and doors are moved around too roughly, perhaps a rail or picture frame is put up in the wrong place leaving an unsightly hole, or even when your house is simply settling into its foundations.

Unfortunately such cracks and holes can make your home look tatty and in need of repair, especially if they’re in really obvious places. But before you call out a professional to come and fix the problem, did you know that DIY plaster repair can actually be easier, more straightforward and pain free than you might think?

From polycell plaster repair or plaster repair patches to the best filler for plaster walls, Gypsumtools has it all!

Tips on Plaster Repairs – How to Patch Plaster Wall Holes

If you’re looking to do a spot of DIY plastering on any cracks and holes in your home it really can be achieved yourself and we’ve got a few tips on plaster repairs that might just help you along.

Learn how to patch plaster wall holes:

• Get the right tools for the job and be prepared before you start – that includes making sure you have a good putty knife/wall scraper or plasterers trowel, patching plaster and joint compound.

• Get a dust sheet down to protect your floor and preferably undertake your patching job before you paint or wallpaper your wall.

• Clean out all of the loose plaster from around the hole or crack before you start and brush away any dust using a clean paintbrush – this will enable a better finish.

• Hairline cracks may need widening to give the patch a good area to stick to. And, for longer hairline cracks, take off bits of plaster at intervals along its length to give a better seat for the patch.

• Splash a bit of water on your wall first to stop it absorbing water from the plaster too quickly and causing it to dry out sooner than you need.

• Take care when loading your trowel up with plaster – you don’t want to apply too much

• Fill the crack with plaster using a plasterers trowel with an overlap onto the existing plaster. Then allow it to dry for 24 hours

• If after this time it has shrunk slightly into the crack, patch it again and allow it to dry for another 24 hours.

• For holes, carve under the edge of the existing broken plaster to allow the plaster patch to seep underneath.

• Make sure to dampen the edge of the hole before you start to ensure any unwanted plaster will come off easily.

• When you fill a hole with patching plaster, remember not to fill it level with the existing wall, but leave space for some joint compound to go on top after the patching plaster has dried for 24 hours.

• Once your plaster has dried completely you can then add the joint compound to the patch, going just over the edges to make it even with the existing wall.

• After your patch is completely dry you can then sand the surface to give a smooth finish.

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Order your Tools from Gypsumtools

For a wide range of DIY plastering tools to suit any budget, order your plaster wall repair products from Gypsumtools today. You can either take a look around our online store and order securely for next day delivery, or, if you’re nearby, why not pop in to our Leicester trade counter?

With over 50 years of experience in the plastering industry, we can offer friendly and knowledgeable help and advice on the right tools and the best way to help you get the job done in no time.

DIY Plastering Tools – What Do I Need?

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DIY Plastering – it’s probably not as messy, stressful, time consuming or as difficult as you might think. What’s more, it could save you a stack of money. Why not give it a go?

Maybe you’ve prepared a ‘kit list’ of DIY Plastering Tools and are in the process of shopping around to ensure you get the best deals, or maybe you aren’t sure of the brands you can rely on. Alternatively, you might not be 100% sure of the sorts of DIY Plastering Tools you need to invest in for your projects.

Why Order DIY Plastering Tools Online At Gypsumtools

Trade customers and DIY Enthusiasts can order, quickly and easily, online or alternatively, can visit our Midlands based trade counter, conveniently located in Leicester.

Ordering DIY Plastering Tools from Gypsumtools is easy and doesn’t have to be as expensive as you might think. We offer fast UK wide delivery and a knowledgeable, professional team of experts, always on hand to help out; whether you need advice on your project, drylining brands or which products to pick.

Having an account with Gypsumtools enables easy reordering of supplies and an order tracking system so you can ensure you meet deadlines. We can also order in any products that we don’t have in stock, on request.

Plastering Tools for DIY Enthusiasts

For DIY Enthusiasts and novices, we have put together an Essential DIY Plastering Tool List. Click on tool names to view our recommendations.

Plasterers Hawk – a handheld flat surface which enables easy applications.
Trowel – For application (Corner Trowel – for easy, edge to edge application)
• Dust Sheets – prevent mess!
Stanley Knife
Float – Ideal for applying top layer wall plaster. Creates good finish.
Spirit Level – ensure finished surfaces are straight.
Saws – We offer a variety of saws for trimming drywall and plasterboard.

Alternatively, we have created a great low cost plastering kit that contains all of the essential tools for your plastering DIY project.

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Got a question?

Call one of our team of professional, friendly experts for helpful answers to any questions regarding products, brands, orders or projects. We will always do our best to advise you on the best and most cost effective way of completing your DIY projects.

50 Plastering Tips

Plastering Health & Safety Tips

As industry specialists, we always try to help make your plastering life easier in any way we can. That’s why we’ve put together 50 plastering tips to help you out!

If you’re new to plastering, it can be quite a scary concept to begin with! However, with the right plastering tools, techniques and confidence, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get the results you desire from the start.

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So, have a read below and let us know what you think – and as always, get in touch with our team if you need further assistance.

Our Top Tips!

Here are a few pointers to help you along.

1. Plaster won’t stick to just any surface and you don’t want it to start falling away, so ensure your surface is ready to be plastered.

2. Make sure it is clean – remove bits of existing plaster, dust or wallpaper.

3. Check the suction of your wall.

4. High suction porous backgrounds can suck the moisture from the plaster meaning it dries too quick – so you may need to wet the wall before you start.

5. When wetting your walls use a fine mist spray gun to avoid having to keep reaching down to re-wet your brush.

6. Once the water starts running down the wall, you know you’ve controlled the suction.

7. Low suction backgrounds, such as painted surfaces will also need to be properly prepared.

8. While plasterboard or backing coat can be skimmed over without preparation – existing plaster or previously painted surfaces will need treating with a bonding agent, such as a mix of PVA glue and water to ensure the plaster sticks to the wall.

9. You could also try adding a handful of sand to the PVA mixture to give it a rougher texture and better adhesion.

10. Clean as you go along – it may sound over the top but it’s vital to have clean buckets, tools and equipment to ensure your plaster doesn’t go off and you get a better finish that lasts.

11. Also, dry plaster is a nightmare to remove from your tools and can cause drags in the plaster finish on your next job!

12. Always use clean water, again to avoid contaminating your plaster and make it go off or set too quick.

13. Always mix plaster by adding plaster to the water and not the other way around.

14. Add just enough plaster first to make a heap on the top of the water and mix it so that it’s lump free, then slowly add the plaster to get the correct consistency either with a wooden stick or mixer drill.

15. Plaster and water mix together roughly half and half – so half a (clean) bucket of water should make a full bucket of plaster.

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16. The plaster should be the consistency of melted ice cream – try standing a stick in it – if it can stand up, the plaster is mixed right.

17. Plaster must be applied when a surface feels tacky, but not too wet, to help it bond to the surface well.

18. When plastering a room, try not to do two walls that are touching each other as you risk damaging one wall while plastering the other.

19. Keep it cool in the room you are plastering – radiators should be turned off or the plaster will dry out too quickly, making it difficult to apply and crack.

20. Beginners should start on a small area first to ensure they’re getting the technique right.

21. Start with an area which only takes 30 mins or less for the first coat.

22. Ensure you follow the six stages of plastering correctly and confidently – from the first coat to the final finish.

23. A good plaster finish can be achieved with a combination of confident firm pressure and the correct angle of your trowel.

24. Don’t try and get your surface perfect in the first coat – it takes too much time and the plaster may dry too soon – imperfections can be ironed out in later stages.

25. When you first apply your trowel to the ceiling or wall, start with one edge of the trowel angled away from it.

26. As the plaster on your trowel gets less and less with your movement, the angle between your trowel and the surface gets smaller.

27. Watch for spillage when reducing the angle of your trowel!

28. If you’re doing a ceiling, don’t stand directly under your trowel, just in case you get plaster in your eye!

29. Artex ceilings can be plastered by just using a thicker coat of plaster.

30. Don’t go into the edges between the ceiling and wall straight away with your plaster – it can be worked into the edges at a later date and avoid lumps of plaster clumping in the corners.

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31. But, when you do do your corners, make sure they’re flat – it makes the whole wall look good!

32. Ensure the thickness of the plaster is even on the first and second coat. Use firm pressure to ensure it is flat with no bulges.

33. You don’t need to worry too much about smoothness or trowel marks at this stage, just that it’s flat and even.

34. Make sure the first thin coat is wet and pliable when you apply the second coat.

35. Don’t worry about filling every little hole at this stage – it’s better to avoid your plaster firming up too quick.

36. After the first two coats, the ‘trowelling up’ process begins. This is time to fill all those holes, remove your trowel marks and get it smooth.

37. Make sure before you start the plaster is tacky – pliable enough to push the plaster into the holes, but not so wet you make new holes.

38. As the plaster sets it will darken in colour, which means it’s time for the final trowel.

39. Don’t over polish the plaster on the final dry trowel stage – it should be even and slightly polished, but feel like eggshell – any smoother, it makes paint and wallpaper a nightmare to stick to.

40. Ensure you have the right plastering tools, equipment and know how before you start, so you don’t end up having to stop half way through.

41. Make sure you know you can comfortably get to hard to reach areas with stilts or scaffolding.

42. Love your trowel – it’s a vital piece of plastering kit. Make sure it’s clean, rust free and the correct type. Just any trowel will make the job harder.

43. For beginners, a good size to start with is 11 inches. While a larger trowels covers areas faster, it’s harder to control.

44. Wear your metal trowel in – it’s much easier to use this way – some can be bought pre worn.

45. Use tin snips to cut angle bead to make the job easier.

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46. Don’t sand down plaster – if you follow the six stages correctly there’s no reason why you would need to come back to sand it, causing more mess, imperfections and more hard work.

47. Remember! Flatten, Amend Holes, Smooth Trowel Marks

48. Always remember to keep your trowel flat on the wall.

49. Don’t forget to fill any holes in the plaster by applying firm pressure or getting more plaster in the hole and smoothing out.

50. Then when the plaster is quite firm, any trowel marks and ridges will be successfully smoothed out – providing you have kept it flat allowing your trowel to sit flat on the wall.

Order online today!

We believe plastering tools don’t have to break the bank. However, they must be good quality! Thankfully, we have a huge range in stock, from high quality budget buys to professional plastering tools.

If you do find yourself in need of a piece of equipment while you’re on a job, we offer a fast ordering service, free delivery on orders over £99 and next day delivery. If you have any questions at all, give a member of our team a call – they’re always on hand to offer help and advice.

DIY Plastering Products


So, you’ve got a plastering job that’s been bugging you for months now, or perhaps someone else is bugging you about getting it done. Maybe you’re bang up to date and love a bit of DIY, but not sure of the DIY plastering products you need for that particular job.

At Gypsumtools, we don’t only provide plastering tools and equipment for the professional plasterer. Our huge range of stock covers the sort of plastering products needed by DIY enthusiasts and professionals alike. And, with one of the largest ranges of drylining products available on the web today, we’re pretty confident we’ve got just what you need.

Chances are, if you’re indulging in a spot of DIY over the next few weeks you’ll be looking to get it done quickly, effectively and looking good as an end result. After all, days off are about having fun, not increasing your stress levels and when there’s beer to be drunk, there’s no point spending unnecessary time with trowel in hand instead of a pint glass.

Quality Budget DIY Plastering Tools

When you buy your quality budget DIY Plastering Tools, be well informed. Make sure they get the job done, but won’t cost you the earth – especially if the job you’re doing is a DIY project and you won’t need to use the tools massively often.


Take a look at the knockdown prices in our Faithfull range, for instance, which includes top quality, reliable products ranging from trowels to accessories, such as stilts and lights. This is a popular and well known brand which is perfect for DIY enthusiasts because it won’t break the bank.


Then there’s our Einhell range of powerful, versatile drills and tools which make an excellent addition to your home tool kit and are perfect for the ambitious DIY enthusiast. You won’t believe the prices of these either, for what you get.

Order Securely Online Today

We’ve got more than 50 years in the plastering industry and a passion for the trade, which means we only put our name to the best tools out there. So, when you take a look at our quality budget DIY Plastering Tools, you can rest assured you’re buying the sort of products we would use ourselves.

Order securely online today and get free delivery on orders over £50 – you can also get it delivered to your door the next day if you order before 12pm.

Contact Us for Advice

And, if you’re unsure about what it is exactly you need, make use of our experienced and friendly staff. Contact us for free advice by giving us a call on 08456 2 54321 or emailing using our contact form. If you happen to be in the Leicester area and need adivce, nip in to to our trade counter where our staff would be delighted to help. We pride ourselves on good customer service and that’s why we’re always pleased to help with any plastering queries you might have.