Wall & Ceiling Solutions Ltd understand the importance of a quality finish. The finish is what will ultimately be seen and judged most of the time.

Plastering – skimming of walls and ceilings to a smooth polished finish, ready for decoration.
Rendering – internal or external. Sand and cement is applied to exposed block work or brickwork. First a scratch coat, then a second coat is applied this coat is rubbed up to a smooth finish ready for painting.

Dry-lining – plasterboard is applied to brickwork using a dot and dab method. It can be skimmed with plaster or tape and jointed to a finish ready for decorating.
Coving – decorative plaster moulds around the ceilings and top of walls in a house. They come in a wide range of choices, put up with the highest standard of craftsmanship by our staff for a fantastic finish

10 things you should know about plaster

What thickness are plasters applied?
Undercoat plasters are generally applied 11mm thick (for walls), or 8mm (for ceilings) and finish coat plasters at 2mm thick. Thistle Universal One Coat plaster is applied at 13mm thickness (for walls), or 10mm (for ceilings). Thistle Magnetic Plaster is applied at a minimum of 3mm.

What plaster to apply to sand & cement undercoats?
The best finish to apply depends on suction level of the background material. Thistle Multi-Finish or Thistle Durafinish would both be suitable.

What plaster to use after DPC installed?
Thistle Dri-Coat is cement based plaster for re-plastering after a damp proof course. Please refer to the plaster section of the White Book for further information if required.

How to plaster an existing painted wall?
If the paint is in very good condition in terms of quality, strength and adhesion etc, it may be possible to wire brush the surface using a suitable detergent and apply ThistleBond-it prior to the application of Thistle Multi-Finish. We suggest carrying out this procedure on a trial area to ascertain the suitability.

Where would you use Thistle GypPrime?
Thistle GypPrime is a suction control primer used to reduce suction on very dry backgrounds. It is normally diluted (up to 5 parts water to 1 part Thistle GypPrime) or undiluted if severe suction control is required. Plaster is applied after Thistle GyPrime has soaked into the background.

How can plaster assist in reducing air leakage of a building?
Using Thistle plasters to plug gaps and cracks is a quick and easy way of maintaining airtightness. Gyproc SoundCoat Plus is used as a parge coat when using a dot and dab method with plasterboard.

Does plastering help increase thermal mass?
Thistle plaster is ideal for use where thermal mass is an integral part of the design of a building. Plaster provides the desired decorative finish whilst also enabling efficient heat transfer between the air and fabric of the building.

Can I plaster a damp wall?
Not if the wall is subject to rising or penetrating damp. Yes, if there is just residual dampness after successful DPC treatment. The wall needs to treated to eradicate any damp issues such as a damp-proof course. Thistle Dri-Coat could be used following a successful DPC installation. Please refer to the plaster section of the White Book for further information if required.

How should salt contamination on a background be dealt with?
Any salts brought to the surface of the background during drying should be carefully removed. The background must be clean, sound and free from dust. Heavy salt contamination can cause persistent damp problems, so it is important to establish whether the salts are purely from the drying process or whether a more serious damp problem exists. See the White Book for more information.

How much plaster is made in a typical week?
Barrow-upon-Soar, the home of Thistle Plasters, produce around 440,000 bags of plaster a week – that’s enough to plaster 29,000 homes.

What is plastering?
Plastering is a task best left to a professional!

Plaster is one of the oldest building materials; the most primitive form was mud plaster, used to hold together structures made of branches or wood for example. Today internal plastering is used more as a way of smoothing out surfaces and preparing them for decoration, it also adds strength to the wall or ceiling and helps seal together building materials.

Smaller home improvements, like plastering are important in maintaining your home and can be done at any time of the year,” External plastering (also known as rendering) is important to maintain your home as it is tougher and helps waterproof the walls, protecting them from the elements. Another less popular type of rendering is pebble dashing, where small stones are added to the mixture, giving a bumpy, textured look. This is not a very common practice anymore and was often used in the past to cover up shoddy brickwork.

Taping and joining is sometimes used as a cheaper cleaner alternative to plastering, filling the joint of tapered edged plasterboards and sanding the finish flush.

When obtaining a quote make sure you see the examples of the plasterers work. Our highly skilled plasterers will cover Middlesbrough, Teesside the North East and the surrounding areas.