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Plaster skimming and floating on to plasterboard or hardwall is the standard method of providing a smooth, seamless surface ready to receive your final decorative treatment. Skim plastering gives many of the advantages of a traditional solid plaster finish combined with quick turnaround on site and oftern doesn’t require all old plaster to be removed. Preparation for skimming involves joint reinforcement and removing any lose plaster work. The plaster is applied to the wall or ceiling surface to a nominal 2mm thickness.

Key Facts:

  • Traditional plaster finish

  • A Uniform surface

  • Applied to 2mm thickness

  • Finished in one visit to site (area covered dependant)

Skim Wall Decoration

Gypsum based plasterwork must always be thoroughly dry before decorating, although a coat of permeable paint can be applied in the interim. Plaster surfaces can be decorated with most proprietary paint finishes and will accept the majority of wall covering adhesives. Follow manufacturers’ recommendations in respect of applied decorative treatments.


  • Plastering

  • Skimming

  • Plaster Boarding

  • Dry Lining

  • Stud Walls

  • Artex removal/ repair

  • Monocouche Coloured Rendering

  • Coving

  • Over skimming

  • Painting

  • Sand & Cement

  • Removal of existing walls

  • Damp Proofing


Painting procedure once the plaster is dry

Diluting Paint for a Mist Coat

Diluting the paint is essential, as it allows the mist coat to sink into the wall, which seals the surface. An undiluted standard emulsion will draw the moisture out and dry too quickly, creating cracks, and causing the paint to sit on top of the new plaster. Also, make sure that the standard emulsion you are using in your mist coat is non-vinyl. A vinyl emulsion will form a skin on the surface of your plaster. It will also be prone to peeling as this type of paint will not be able to sink into the surface.

Applying a mist coat will sufficiently seal your new plaster after it has dried. Many professional painters do not recommend using PVA glue to seal your plaster, as it can cause issues later on. The paint that you then apply afterwards is likely to sit on top of the PVA if you use this method. This means that it will fail to deeply penetrate your surface and subsequently the paint will not last very long. Paint quickly starts to peel off and chip away if plaster has been treated with PVA prior to application.

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