D.I.Y. Plastering Projects: How To Series.
101 Filler/Getting Started
Assuming you have your hawk and trowel. A great way to get started in plastering is to tackle one of your own d.i.y. projects around your home. With nothing to lose and with a little time you can familiarise yourself with the tools and achieve a bit of job satisfaction while saving yourself some money. An easy entry level project could be to simply fill in any imperfections, holes or parts of a wall your just not happy with. Its a good idea to take a look around your home to see as many areas as you can hit in one go and make a list of them if there are a few. This way you can get them all together if you like or work your way through your list one at a time.
For this we would advise starting with a ready mixed filler which is a little thicker than plaster and easy to handle. Doing so will give you a chance to handle your "hawk and trowel" and get some practice with getting your filler off the hawk and onto the trowel without dropping any or making a mess. A good pre plastering practice to get you started. Using ready mixed fillers requires very little prep work and there is no need to use p.v.a. as a primer, unlike when your plastering. The best filler in our opinion is "gyproc easy-fill" ready mixed from B&Q which costs between £7.00 and £9.00 for a 1kg tub. It is very easy to handle and sands extremely well when dry, giving an excellent finish. Alternatives to this are below:
Now you have your "filler" and the tools you'll need, lets get started.
You have your list at the ready and have decided which order your going to tackle it. You have your hawk and trowel wet down and ready to go ( just makes it a little easier ). Lets do it!
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STEP 1: Preperation
STEP 3: First & Second Coat
STEP 2: Your Hawk & Trowel
STEP 4: Sanding
Excellent, you've saved some money.
You've improved your home and
you've done it yourself.
All in four easy steps.