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What Plastering Tools do I Need?

What Plastering Tools do I Need?

Plastering is a skill and requires a steady hand. If you have a plastering job on your to-do list, having the correct tools will help you to get the job done as efficiently and quickly as possible.

Whether you are a plastering professional or you are trying it for the first time, here’s a list of the essential tools you will need for any plastering job.


Plastering Trowel - A plastering trowel is an essential tool, which helps you to smooth the plaster after it has been applied to the wall or ceiling. It is important to have a good, clean surface on the trowel to ensure the best possible finish.

Hawk or Hand board - A hawk or hand board is used to carry the plaster whilst it is being applied. It is a simple piece of equipment that comprises of a flat metal or plastic surface with a handle at the bottom. This allows you to easily scoop up plaster from a bucket and then transfer it to your trowel.

Mixer - Perfectly mixed plaster gives much better results and makes all the difference between a poor job and a very smooth finish. A hand held power mixer is ideal for mixing a number of building materials including cement, plaster, grout and paint. By adding a power mixer to your plastering tool kit, you will ensure that your job completed as efficiently and quickly as possible.

Sponge - A wet sponge or a ‘sponge float’ is used to smooth out any unevenness that may occur after plastering the wall. They help to remove trowel marks and air pockets from the plaster.

Sandpaper - Sandpaper is used on dry plaster to quickly smooth out areas of rough unevenness and help to finish the area before painting.

Buckets/ Mixing buckets - A bucket is always a handy piece of equipment for any DIY job. For mixing plaster you will need at least a 10 litre bucket which is suitable for most general purpose jobs. Ensure your bucket is clean and dry before mixing in it. It is also a good idea to use a separate bucket of clear, fresh water to clean tools or for wetting the sponge during the project.

Step Ladder - A step ladder is a must have for any wall or ceiling plastering job. A ladder with a work platform makes jobs even easier, by providing a place to keep your materials and the tools you are using. This means fewer trips up and down the ladder!