ARTEX AND PLASTER
Proper plastering is not easy. But DIY plasters are designed
with ease of use in mind, and ArtexTM is no more difficult to
apply than thick paint.
It is best to wear gloves when mixing up dry plaster-based
products - disposable plastic gloves are fine. Wear a face
mask when mixing up fine powder.
Being able to use Artex and plaster can help keep the walls
and ceilings in your home looking good.
A professional plasterer will normally use gypsum-based
Carlite plaster applied in two layers, undercoat and finish.
The skill to do this properly takes years to acquire and the
amateur should start with DIY plasters.
"ArtexTM" is the best known make of textured coating, used
on internal walls and ceilings to cover up cracks and uneven
surfaces or fashioned into patterns. Some people may want
to remove the patterned effect.
- Choosing the right product
Consider what you want the plaster and/or textured coating
to do. If a wall or ceiling is basically in good condition, but
has a few holes or hairline cracks, there are many different
wall fillers that you can use to make the surface smooth for
Where an area of plaster is seriously damaged or has come
away from the wall ('blown'), you can use a 'repair' plaster
(a DIY plaster undercoat) once all the old loose plaster has
been removed. This has a good enough finish for papering or
tiling, but if you want to paint it, apply a DIY plaster finish
(also known as plaster skim) first.
DIY plasters are ideal for repairing the damage to walls
created by holes made for electric wiring and plumbing
If you have rough or uneven walls, and using a wall filler will
not be good enough, the whole wall can be given a coat of
DIY plaster finish (it can be applied up to 3mm or 1/8in
thick). Alternatively, you could apply a textured coating,
with or without a patterned finish.
A new masonry wall can either be covered with plasterboard