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Frequently Asked Questions
 

Reed Bricklaying and Plastering

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You have just rendered and plastered my room. How long should I leave it to  dry before I can paint it?

wait until it's dry - when it has changed from dark to a light pink it is ready.

When I decorate, should I treat the walls with anything before I apply the paint?

You can buy a 'Sealer' paint especially for new plaster -  or if you can't find that , use a watered down matt emulsion.

If  i'm going to wallpaper over the new plaster, should I do anything different to the above ?

It is preferable to apply a sealer coat of paint. This will ease the removal of the paper at a later date.

If I get mould frequently appearing on my old plaster, does my wall need Re-Skimming ?

Probably not, unless the plaster has "blown". It is more likely that you will have condensation or damp problem.

How can I recognize "Blown" plaster?

When you tap it gently you will hear a small echoing thud rather than a sharp solid sound, it may also bulge slightly and move inwards when pressed gently.

If I want to plaster over old Artexed walls or ceilings, do I need to hack off the Artex before you start ?  

No - do not attempt this. Some  Pre 1970's Artex contains toxins.  Please contact us to discuss options available.

I have a damp patch on my ceiling where a pipe has burst and the ceiling now sags. Do you need to re-plaster the whole ceiling or can it be patched?

It can be patched, but patching can be noticable - many clients often have the whole  ceiling re-plastered as a matter of preference.

Will you be able to supply an estimate if I am claiming against insurance?

Yes, we will give you a written estimate for any work to be done including insurance.

What should I do in preparation before you start work?

Clear the room as much as possible. We will be able to cover carpets, etc., wth dust sheets, but it is better if the room is clear of any furnishings.