Solid plastering is coating a surface with cement render or plaster finish on an internal or external wall. It provides protection to your walls from the weather elements such as rain, wind and sunshine as well as used for decoration. Not only this, solid plastering Melbourne also provides thermal and sound protection of interior areas.
There are various different types of plastering that you can choose for your commercial property but undertaking the process on your own is a very bad idea. Plastering work may look easy, but it’s not, as the material is difficult to work with and needs an experienced plasterer to get the best effect.
Here is the basic guide to solid plastering.
1. Preparing the Surface
Before you start, ensure that the surface to be rendered is free from dust, dirt, oil, paint, silicone or friable material. Smooth dense surfaces with low absorption power like the concrete or metal window frames need extra preparation, use a dash coat. It is a mixture of cement and water which is flicked over the wall or metal window frames to create a surface for render to grip to. If the surface is highly absorbent then wet the surface with water to prevent water loss from the applied render.
2. Mixing the Render
First, decide on the type of render finish you want. Then determine the correct mix ratios, here take help of online charts for the mixing quantity. Render should be mixed on a hard flat surface or a board. If you need to add oxides or colour then read the manufacturer’s guidelines. Combine all the dry materials until the colour is uniform and add small quantities of water at a time continually mixing the render.
3. Applying the Render
Nail wooden battens for the correct thickness vertically to the wall giving you a clean edge to work with. Using a steel float apply the layer of render and keep applying until you get the desired thickness and then smoothen out the surface.
There are various finishing effects you can apply to get the desired look such as the trowel, bagged or patterned, sponge, roughcast and textured.
The above-mentioned steps may look easy but are not so hiring commercial plastering companies in Melbourne like Coburg Plasterers is a good idea.