Plaster & Render

Browse our entire range dedicated to plaster, plaster beads and render beads from brands including British Gypsum, Baumit and Monocouche

Plaster is used to coat walls and ceilings, to create a protective layer on top of integral structures, but can also be used as a decorative element, to enhance the appearance of the walls, and create a smooth surface on which paint or wallpaper can be added. 

Render or Plaster?

When adding plaster to internal rooms, it is known as plastering, whereas when it is added to exterior walls it is referred to as rendering. If you’re looking for information on how to render a wall, take a look at our rendering a wall guide.

How to plaster a wall

When plastering a wall, the first step is to lay out sheeting, tarpaulins or another form of drop cloth to ensure no plaster, dust or dirt ends up on the floor. Then clean the wall to remove any dirt, dust or debris with a dry brush before wiping with a damp cloth.

Once the wall has been prepared, apply PVA glue to the wall – mix one part PVA glue with four parts of water and brush over the wall. Once this has done, leave it to dry slightly. 

Mix the plaster according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and keep stirring the mixture until it is completely smooth. 

Once the plaster has been mixed thoroughly, scoop some plaster onto a piece of plywood or another type of spot board. Then take some plaster onto the plastering trowel, and start spreading onto the wall from left to right. We’d always recommend starting with a thin coat over any plasterboard joints too if using plasterboard. Ensure you create an even spread of plaster across the whole wall.

It is important to work quickly and methodically to ensure the plaster is applied before it begins to set. Once the first coat has been applied, add a second coat, before leaving to dry for the time specified according to the manufacturer’s instructions. 

Once the plaster is almost dry, but still slightly damp, spray water onto the wall, and use a trowel blade to smooth the plaster over, before using a small brush to get into the corners and edges of the wall. 

What are render beads

Plaster and render beads are used to protect the edges of surfaces during the plastering process. They consist of a moulded shape, normally at 90 degrees to create a square edge on surfaces that are being plastered, preventing any damage such as chipping or cracking. There are a number of render beads available, including stop beads, used to create a square edge at the edge of walls, angle beads, used to retain the angle of corners, and drip beads, which are used at the base of a wall, as well as above windows or openings.

How to use drip bead

Drip beads are used to prevent water from running back towards the wall, causing structural damage, and instead allow water to drip straight off the surface, whilst also creating a fine edge of render. To use a drip bead, simply apply the product before plastering or rendering. It can be secured with an adhesive if required, or secured directly with render before being completely covered.

Not sure which products are required for your project? Call our team on 01752 692206 or use the live chat and they will be happy to offer product recommendations and advice.


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