Plastering walls - which products to use
When finishing your walls, the product you choose is as important as the skilled labour force.
Since plastering can easily cost thousands of euros, we've decided to do it ourselves. In fact, we've plastered our entire basement in Italy and it was a breeze.
We researched the best products on the Irish market, watched Youtube videos, and ended ordering a pallet of Gyproc skim coat sacks (€13/14 a sack) ... the results were underwhelming to say the least.
It was difficult to apply on the plasterboards, creating bubbles and bumps - a bit like Slimer from Ghostbusters vomited on the walls. It took us 3 days to finish one room, with mediocre results; you can check out the finished result here.
Instead of continuing headlong with this product, we decided to import a tried and true product from Italy, which we knew would give the walls a textured and uniform finish: Weber RK355
I'm not entirely certain if there's a corresponding product on the Irish Weber store, but it's worth contacting them about it.
As this product was a lot cheaper in Italy, a pallet of sacks and the transport cost €1.300,00 in total - In less than 4 days we had most of the living room finished using this product; you can check the results here.
Before applying this product, we advise these steps:
- Prepare the plasterboards with a primer (suggested Kerakover Eco Acrilex Primer).
- The seams between plasterboards (both on the walls and between the walls and the ceiling) should be covered with a joint filler (suggested Siniat Joint Filler).
- Cover the joint filler with a finishing mesh drywall tape (suggested FibaTape Standard Mesh Drywall Tape) and be sure that it adhered well by adding a thin layer of filler over it.
- You can also cover the seams using a bonding compound (suggested Gtec Universal Bonding Compound).
This type of preparation ensures you won't have cracks in the plaster where the seams are or between the walls and the ceiling.