Whether you want to give your building a fresh new look or boost its kerb appeal before putting it on the market, plastering can be a great way to achieve those goals. Plastering exterior and interior walls is a fairly simple process that almost anyone can do, and the results can be quite stunning. In this blog post, we’ll give you a beginner’s guide to plastering exterior and interior walls so that you can get started on your own home improvement project.
What You’ll Need
Before you get started, there are a few things you’ll need to gather. For the exterior walls, you’ll need a ladder, a trowel, some wire mesh, mortar mix, the plaster itself, and, of course, a rendering machine. For the interior walls, you’ll need the same supplies with the exception of the wire mesh (unless you’re patching up an existing hole).
Preparing the Surface
The first step is to make sure the surface you’re going to be plastering is clean and free of any debris. If you’re working on an exterior wall, this means using a power washer to remove any dirt, grime, or mildew. For interior walls, a simple once-over with a damp cloth will suffice. Once the surface is clean, let it dry completely before moving on to the next step.
Applying the Plaster
Now it’s time to start applying the plaster. Begin at the bottom of the wall and work your way up in small sections. Use your machine to mix and spray the plastering material onto the existing walls and then go back over with a trowel to ensure that an even layer of plaster adheres to the surface. If you’re working with an exterior wall, be sure to embed the wire mesh into the wet plaster mix as you go along. Continue until the entire section is complete, then move on to the next section and repeat until all of the areas are filled in.
Letting It Dry
Once all of your plastering is complete, it’s time to let it dry. Depending on how thick your layers are, this could take anywhere from 24 hours to several days. Once it’s completely dry, you’re ready to paint or otherwise finish off your project. And that’s all there is to it! With just a little bit of time and effort, you can have completely transformed your home or business’ exterior (or interior) in no time at all.