Lets face it my plastering is....

#1
Sh1t at the best of times, I did a 2 day course once (3 years ago) but haven't really done any thing since.

I have a wall in my kitchen that previous occupants put plaster board up and then applied about 50 layers of paint.

The problem is there are horrible looking cracks in between the pieces of plaster board and I don't think my plastering skills would be good enouth to take the job on.

Question is - there is a product on the market that you can paint on and then smooth over ( I think it's meant to cover up artexing) has anyone tried this and would it do the job on covering over the cracks or do I bite the bullet have a go at the plastering and then pay for my mess to be rectified by a professional?
 
#2
I tried the 'smooth over' stuff from polycell (they do 2 or 3 varients....one for artex others for patching up cracks in plaster).

Waste of time, would rather have spent the cash on a few bit of plasterboard a few days practice and plastered the sod...in the end I paid someone to do it.

S_R
 
#3
Not used it myself, but there's one called Smoothover made by Polycell. No idea how good it is, but I think it's only for covering minor imperfections. Anything bigger should receive loving attention with filler anyway.
 
#4
Well there you go, damned by someone who has used it.

Big bag of filler and a lot of sandpaper then...
 
#5
I've used the Smoothover, I won't be using it again.
Faster and easier using filler and sanding it back. The results with the Smoothover aren't brilliant.
 
#6
Vinyl wallpaper. Careful, though. Fablon is very similar but horrendously expensive.
 
#7
Plaster board it, then plaster it as smooth as you can and then sand the rest flat - leave to dry for quite a while it depends on how warm the room is, then you can paint or whatever. Alternatively put a big piece of wood over the area and shelve it and voila one big spice rack.
 
#8
Get a professional to do it you tight git!

Where are you? I can recommend an excellent plaster at mates rates if you are close.
 
#9
How hard is it to do a bit of plastering?!

Pva, scratch coat, top coat, smooth over - job done...

Depending on what type of paint they've used, you might want to sandpaper the paint lightly but two coats of pva should see it ok.

Does require patience though, which I always believe is like rocking horse shoite! :D
 
#10
Been down this road with really, really crap results.

Do yourself a favour, get a plasterer to do it. They all accept cash and make it look p1ss easy.

Best way I found of getting a cheap good one is to keep an eye out for a local council van and ask them. They nick the plaster off the council, turn up in the council van using council tools on council time (i.e. no overheads) and are happy with 50 quid for a couple of hours work.

Tried for fcuking days to skim my kitchen extension (about 20 full sized boards) with that Smoothover crap, spent a b*stard fortune on it and just ended up with a 3D representation of the surface of Mars.

Council plasterer turns up with his totally free materials, spends 2 hours skimming it and was happy with a few brews and 50 quid. Fair play to the actual plasterers out there, it is a proper skill and a proper art form.
 
#11
Aunty Stella said:
Tried for fcuking days to skim my kitchen extension (about 20 full sized boards) with that Smoothover crap, spent a b*stard fortune on it and just ended up with a 3D representation of the surface of Mars.
Was that before you tiled over your dog and put your cornice on upside down with clout nails?

Biff :D
 
#12
bollox to that, bit of lining paper and paint!! In my kitchen theres a tap in the wall....summat to do with the old boiler....my dad plasterboarded the wall, left a small hole to get at the tap, lining papered over the hole so it can be reached if and when we find out what the tap is for, and painted it!! You'd never know it was there!! I know its 5cm below and right of the fourth screw on the left...but no other ****** does!! Bodge building at its best!!
 
#14
Porridge_gun said:
Aunty Stella said:
Tried for fcuking days to skim my kitchen extension (about 20 full sized boards) with that Smoothover crap, spent a b*stard fortune on it and just ended up with a 3D representation of the surface of Mars.
Was that before you tiled over your dog and put your cornice on upside down with clout nails?

Biff :D
Tell you what, it cost me less in dog food for days and i just never realised why :) And the Cornice isn't upside down, the rest of the kitchen is the wrong way up.

Fcuking rich by the way from a man that once rang me and asked "does the brown wire go to the screw on the left or at the top ?" Oh how I wish I would have lied :)
 
#15
Aunty Stella said:
Fcuking rich by the way from a man that once rang me and asked "does the brown wire go to the screw on the left or at the top ?" Oh how I wish I would have lied :)
You could have lied, it all happened in make believe in stella's head, never happened..So wouldn't have mattered.

You fail to recall I was a Signalling god, king of the Clansman and prince of power distribution, admiral of the airwaves and viscount of voltage.

Why on earth would I phone (error there, telephones aren't invented in Dudley yet) a big daft heavy handed fcukwit to ask advice about something when he struggles to reverse out of his own drive without damaging other vehicles and flattening walls.

You are also the sad man who bought an old high pressure hose from an MK bowser, fastened it to the garage wall so the kids could play refuelling.

Sad Sad Sad man
 
#16
Maybe I was visited by the plastering gypsies as a baby as I've only attempted plastering once on a 3 ft by 9ft wall in my kitchen and got it right first time with very nice results.

As for the council bloke THATS THEFT! Like council tax...
 
#17
GordonBrown said:
Get a professional to do it you tight git!

Where are you? I can recommend an excellent plaster at mates rates if you are close.
Wot e said. Otherwise it could end up looking like this:

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#19
My house was built long before they invented the right angle. There are bodges on top of bodges... So the one thing I don't skimp on is the plastering. We had an excellent bloke in recently and it is indeed an art form - the plaster was glass smooth by the time he'd finished. It looks great and he was very good value.
 
#20
Well there you go, note to self - read what you've posted before attempting any DIY.

I used the smooth over stuff and it looked crap. The roller that comes with it chucked more on me and the floor that it did on the wall and the smoothing tool was rubbish.

So I dug out my trowel and hawk from my plastering course and did it the old fashion way. It also helped using a wet paint brush to gently blend in the crap bits. All I had to do then was to lightly sand out any remaining brush stroke and hey presto - smooth wall, ready for painting.

The bottom part looks crap but I don't care 'cos I'm going to clad it with tongue and groove stuff.

My advice for this stuff is as others have said - don't bother, just use plaster. If you are going to use it don't bother using the roller and smoothing tool - use a trowel and wet paint brush to smooth out any abnormalities
 

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