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How to Plaster a Plasterboard Wall

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Learn how to plaster and tape a plasterboard wall for a smooth finish when decorating

This step is cheap, easy to try for yourself, and makes an even surface ready for painting or decorating

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How to Plaster a plasterboard wall

To mix the jointing compound, refer to the manufacturer's instructions

Cut the jointing tape with a cutter or by hand

Apply a first layer of plaster over the joint with a wide jointing knife

Moisten the tape and apply it along the still-wet layer of plaster

Fix the tape in place with a thin top layer of plaster

For the screw holes, plaster them with a small filling knife

For the corners, lay down a first layer of plaster on both sides of the angle

On the still-wet plaster, apply moistened jointing tape over the edge

Pinch the tape to help it hug the corner tightly

Fix the tape in place with a thin, top layer of plaster

After sufficient drying time, sand the plaster

Apply a second layer of plaster coating going wide of the tape by around 5cm on either side.

When it is fully dry, sand and dust off


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