DIY Plastering: 4 Tools You Will Need

28 June 2019
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

If a wall in your home has been damaged, you will need to apply a fresh coat of plaster to the area in order to make it as good as new. However, before you get to work, you should ensure you have all of the tools you need with you. Read on to find out about the equipment you need to complete a plastering job.

A mixing bucket

As the name suggests, the mixing bucket is used to mix the plaster before it is applied to the wall. You should make sure that your mixing bucket isn't too small. You should be able to easily move around a trowel when mixing the plaster. If the bucket has previously been used and it has pieces of dried plaster in it, these should be removed before you begin mixing a new batch of plaster.


In order to apply plaster, you will need at least three types of trowels. The first type of trowel is known as a window trowel. This is used to apply plaster to areas around windows and doorways. The smaller blade on this trowel will allow you to access hard-to-reach nooks and crannies when applying the plaster to the wall.

The second type of trowel is a standard pointing trowel, which can be used to quickly and efficiently apply large qualities of plaster to the wall.

The third trowel you will need is a finishing trowel. This type of trowel has a wider blade which allows you to create an extremely smooth finish on the surface you are working on. This type of trowel is typically used to apply the final touches to the plaster.

A scarifier

This tool is a metal comb which allows you to mark the first coat of plaster before you apply the second. Simply move the scarifier across the surface of the plaster while applying a bit of pressure. By marking the plaster, you can ensure that the second coat bonds well with the existing coat.

A float

The float is a very smooth rectangular piece of metal with a handled attached to one side. It is used to smooth over the final layer of plaster to ensure it is completely smooth and level.

If you would like to find out more or if you need help plastering a wall in your home, you should contact with a team of domestic plasterers today.