Many homeowners choose to do the construction work of their homes on their own, instead of calling professionals. It could be a passion or a means of saving some money. Be it any reason, but there are certain things that need to kept in mind when doing the construction work of your home on your own. Here we are talking about plastering the walls of your home yourself. You may not be a professional and so you may miss out on some techniques and tips of successfully plastering the walls of your home.

If you want to ace plastering your home walls, then here are some tips and instructions for DIY wall plastering.

Tools Required To Plaster Walls

One of the most important things that you need to successfully plaster your walls, are tools. Getting the right tools to plaster your walls is extremely important so that you can apply the plaster on the walls properly. If you are not calling professional plasterers in Auckland then here are the tools and things that you will require to plaster your walls yourself.

  • Mixer
  • Handboard
  • Flexible bucket
  • Clean Water
  • Bucket Trowel
  • Spot Board
  • Finishing Trowel
  • Scraper

1” and 4” clean paint brush

How To Start

Professional gib stoppers in Auckland always start the plastering by cleaning the area. Start by taking off any bits and pieces of the old wallpaper or plaster and making it completely smooth so that the new layer of plastering can be applied evenly on the walls.

Next you should check the suction ability of the surface because this can have an effect on the final result of the plastering. In case of low suction on the wall, mix a bonding agent like PVA with water. If you want extra adhesion, add some sand to the mix.

Usually the ratio of the mix is 4:1, but this can differ from plaster to plaster. Make sure that you are using clean tools and equipment for plastering. Using dirty or unclean equipment or tools can cause the plaster to go off, so check your tools for cleanliness before using them.

Always prepare your walls before you start plastering on it. This is very important to ensure that the plaster doesn’t fall off.

Plastering The Walls

You should start with a coat of 2mm (approximately). Once you find the layer a bit drab, flatten out all the bumps on the 2mm layer. Use a trowel to flatten out the bumps. Once you’re done with that, apply another coat of around 1 mm. Once again, use your trowel to smoothen all the holes and dents in the surface.

All the ridges and blistering will settle out on its own as the plaster is left to dry and set.

Designs in Plaster

If you wish to have some design in the plaster then you will need sculpting tools to do that. This can be a bit complicated and tricky, so try this out on a small space first to see whether you’re able to achieve what you desired. If not, then it’s probably better to leave the job of intricate designs to a professional gib stopper.


You should watch some tutorial videos to get an idea of the right technique to apply plaster. If you face too much trouble or see that your plaster is too uneven, you should then call professional gib stoppers and plasterers to do the job. Repairing a poor plastering job can cost you more and take up more time. Try out your hand at plastering at a small area first to see whether you’re able to tackle the job or not. If not, then don’t hesitate to call professional gib stoppers or plasterers in Auckland.