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Plastering - DIY - 10 Day Course

This 10 day plastering training course builds on our 5 day plastering course. It covers a wide range of subjects within the plastering trade, this will include boarding, skimming ceilings & walls, floating, beading, dot and dab, Plastering over Artex and coving.

Level: Beginner
Duration: 10 days
£900.00 INC VAT
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Course Content

Goldtrowel can teach you to plaster (commonly known as Skimming or Skim) in just 1 day, however to master the art of plastering it will take much longer, so the truth is that the more it is practiced the better and more consistent you will get, during your 10 day plastering course with us, you will skim finish plaster a number of times, this will result in you being able to skim plaster to a paintable finish, to compliment this skill you will also learn and complete the other core plastering traits listed below.

What you can expect to learn from this Plastering Course

  • Application of Finish plasters to various background surfaces.
  • Understanding and usage of finish plasters
  • Reactions and effects of finish plaster.
  • Float brick or block walls ready for finish plaster
  • Understand uses and types of corner beads
  • Cut and fix standard decorative coving
  • Dot and Dab Plasterboard
  • Cut and fix skim beads, stop and float beads
  • Mix and apply sand and cement render
  • Prepare various backgrounds to accept plaster finishes
  • Understand backing coats and their uses
  • Lay floor screeds
  • Plaster repairs to wall and ceiling
  • Apply Artex and Plaster over Artex
  • Basic Pricing and Estimations

During training please feel free to ask any questions you have, we actually welcome your questions, and remember there is no such thing as a `stupid` question! your training will not be rushed, but be aware plaster waits for no-one, it sets when it sets, this is one of the key skills you will learn during your training, this is why you will be allocated your own room where the set times can be learnt and understood, the walls and ceilings you will plaster are of the same standard found in domestic homes, which truth be told are not flat, not square and generally out of shape, the difference between skimming plasterboard and skimming existing plaster of any type is huge.

10 Day Plastering Course - Content Breakdown

In depth discussion and demonstrations of plasterboard and board types, and how to correctly plasterboard ceilings, including plaster boarding around RSJ`s, and fire prevention requirements. Fixing plasterboard to timber joists, types of plasterboard fixings, cutting and shaping plasterboard, uses and purposes of scrim tape, scrim joint your plasterboard.

Discussion and demonstration on applying finish plaster to plasterboard and existing plastered ceilings, then apply a 2 coat skim finish to your newly plaster boarded ceiling, using the correct method and procedures.

In depth discussion and demonstrations of mixing and applying backing coats, traditional sand and cement / Gypsum coats (float) coats, applying scratch coats and backing coat to solid wall/s, use of screeds when floating, ruling techniques `free ruling` and `bead ruling`.

Discussion and demonstration on Angle beads, setting techniques and fixing of angle (Render) beads to full length external and/or window, also in rubbing up and devil floating backing coats.

Further discussions and demonstrations of scrape back and cut-back of your floated wall/s, ready for skim plaster finishing, applying finish plaster to flat walls and window walls, apply 2 coat finish plaster to your previously floated wall/s and repairs to ceilings and walls, carry out plaster repairs to ceiling and wall.

In depth discussion concerning quantities and coverage of materials used in plastering. 

You will later be moving to a different room, you will be re-skimming over previously plastered wall/s and ceiling, this will combine your skills learnt on days 1 and 3. You will then be explained and have a chance to practice the use of `skim` beads, cutting and fixing these angle beads to the wall/s externals.

More discussions and demonstrations of laying traditional sand and cement floor screed, using datums, floor insulation and dpm (damp proof membranes), plaster coving, you will cut and fix coving to two walls incorporating acute and 90 degree internals and external end caps, clean fill and finish ready for decoration.

The following week follows to a degree the same as week 1, but you will be moving into different rooms, with each room having its own unique problems, these differences highlight the skills required to successfully complete plastering tasks in different houses / environments, in addition to the skills learnt in week 1, you will learn new skills (traits) such as dot and dab, this is a very popular method of plastering and used extensively in the modern construction industry, this shows you how to stick plasterboard to the wall before applying your finish plaster.

Another new skill learnt in week 2 is the application of Artex, and how to plaster over it, Artex is a decorative finish used predominately through the 1970`s - 90`s, and although this is rarely used nowadays, there is still a lot of homes that still have it on both the walls and ceilings, it is a very common job for plasterers to overcome, you will be shown methods of how to plaster this successfully. 

Lastly you will be learning how to quantify, select and price the job your doing, whether this is for your own personal plastering job or someone else.

Established in 1999
20+ year history of Training
Taught by experts
with years in the industry
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Our Location

Asheton Farm Business Centre
Stapleford Abbotts