Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How messy is plastering, are you going to create a mess in my house?
A. One of the things High Wycombe Plastering prides itself on is cleanliness. All areas will be sheeted, the plastered area will be left the same when finished as it was before we started. All mixing up of plaster is done in a designated area, covered in plastic and boarded out.

Q. How long before I can paint my newly plastered wall/Ceiling?
A. There is no exact time scale for this. As soon as the wall/ceiling is dry (turned light pink) you can paint it. A newly plastered area will go dark brown & then light pink when dry. Obviously the warmer the room the quicker the drying out time. Anything from 2-7 days.

Q. What is Skimmimg?
A. Skimming is the final coat plaster usually 2-3mm thick. Areas need 2 coats of this & when dry is ready to be painted.

Q. What do I have to do to prepare my room/work area before the plasterers arrive?
A. All areas to be worked on should have all the furniture and fittings removed as much as posssible to enable us to have a good working area.

Q. Can you skim over Artex?
A. Yes. This does usually require a little more work, the ceiling/walls may need scraping before plastering, but plastering over artex is not a problem.

Q. Do I have to remove the wallpaper before the walls are plastered?
A. Yes, any type of paper needs to be removed before plastering.

Q. Is there anyting I need to do before I paint my newly plastered area?
A. New plaster needs to be sealed before being painted. This can be done with a plaster sealant or watered down emulsion.

Q. What is Floating?
A. Floating is the base coat plaster to be applied on brick/block work prior to skimming. Materials used for this are usually: sand & cement, Hardwall or Browning.