Brush Coating - Practical Tips

Brush Coating - Practical Tips

The plastering of interior walls is a classic work in the development of a property. Even if the work sounds very boring for laymen, it is a creative task. Plastering is one of many possibilities of creative wall design. It allows various effects and contributes significantly to the subsequent appearance of the interior.

Modern cleaning material makes work easier

Plastering used to be a task for professionals. Within a short time, they turned a boring wall into a substantial component of the property. Times are changing - even home improvement can plaster their interior walls. Modern plasters can be applied with different tools such as a trowel, roller or brush. A little imagination and a suitable selection of tools are enough to give a room individuality.

When plastering, the temperature is crucial. Experts recommend a temperature of ten to 20 degrees. If it is too cold, the plaster can be processed badly. Excessively high temperatures cause the plaster to dry out.

When buying plaster, pay attention to its properties.

The choice of plaster depends largely on where and how it should be applied. So there are products that are suitable for moisture rooms, because they prevent mold growth. Brushing with white lime is an ideal choice for small spaces. The white lime color reflects light particularly well, which makes the room brighter.

The product description contains information on which surfaces to apply the plaster. Common:

  • Concrete
  • Stone
  • Masonry
  • Plasterboard
  • Paper fleece

The product description should also provide information regarding the substrate requirements. In principle, the surface

  • should be uniformly dry,
  • absorbent and
  • structured.

Furthermore, it is important that the surface is clean and free from foreign substances.

Calculate price and quantity

Plaster dries relatively quickly. For this reason, you should buy enough plaster so that you do not have to suddenly run into the hardware store during processing.

To determine the need for cleaning, you must first measure the wall surfaces of the rooms. The total area in square meters is crucial for the purchase of plaster. The consumption depends on how big the layer thickness should be. A good value for orientation is a thickness of one millimeter.

By comparing lime-based rolling plaster from different suppliers, we found that one kilogram of plaster covers a wall area of ​​around one square meter. The price per square meter is between one and three euros. Rolling plaster is usually offered in buckets of eight to 20 kilograms.

These are merely guidelines. The actual consumption depends on the thickness and the substrate.

Preparing the substrate

Before the plastering can start, the substrate must be prepared. Do-it-yourselfers should follow the steps below:

  1. Cover the floor with foils. Then carefully tap edges, doors, sockets and other things in the room.
  2. The masonry to be plastered must be in perfect condition: it must not be loose and must be dry, strong and strong.
  3. For a better result, we recommend priming the wall. In this way, the plaster sticks better.
  4. If the substrate is damaged or uneven, you can fill in holes and co.

On the plaster, ready, go

The substrate is prepared, now the plaster can be applied. Before work can begin, do-it-yourselfers must check their tool list. This should include:

  • Stainless steel smoothing trowel
  • Gypsum plaster
  • Plastic smoothing
  • Trowel
  • Deep brush
  • Various textured rollers

Do-it-yourselfers can process the plaster in two ways:

  1. white
  2. in the desired color

In many DIY stores can mix the plaster in the desired color, so you save the work. It is important to use an acrylic deep ground if the substrate is very absorbent. Otherwise, you risk that the color effect is later not uniform.

Now the plastering can begin. As a preparation, you should put a clean board to the bottom of the wall. Putz will fall down again and again while working. With the clean board you can apply it back to the wall.


Rubbing is traditionally applied with a trowel. Some products require a role. Please observe the manufacturer's instructions.

Procedure step by step :

  • You should always apply as much plaster as you can structure in a maximum of 20 minutes. For longer operations, the plaster dries. It is important to apply the plaster in such a way that you can process surfaces that belong together in one go.
  • In the next operation, the stainless steel smoothing blade is set steeply. Even with the right thickness, it is evenly structured.
  • Do-it-yourselfers use a plastic straightener for their actual structuring. The plaster does not stick to this tool.

The later appearance is influenced by the rubbing direction. For beginners we recommend three rubs:

  1. Horizontal rubbing : A simple way to decorate the wall. You only have to rub horizontally in one direction and thus create a nice look.
  2. Diagonal rubbing : An alternative to horizontal rubbing is diagonal movements. The pattern typically has fewer notches.
  3. Round Grater : This is especially suitable for beginners because you do not have to pay attention to a uniform movement. Instead, you rub according to your mood in round movements. The result is correspondingly individual.

Roll and brush plaster

The application is also carried out with a trowel or roller. The difference lies in the subsequent processing.

Sequence step by step :

  • Apply plaster with a trowel or roller as usual.
  • Then smooth the surface of the plaster.
  • Now you can use the desired tool Hand and let his creativity run wild.

The wall structure can now be influenced with different tools:

  1. Press with a spatula on the wall so that a tiled roof creates a similar pattern.
  2. Pull horizontally with a brush; the structure resembles a little the diagonal rubbing, but is far more uniform and uniform.
  3. Rollers give the wall a coarse or fine image.

If you want an uneven wall, you can pick up a deep brush and feel like it and whimsy on the wall.


With modern tools and materials, do-it-yourselfers can plaster their interior walls themselves. You must be aware of the choice of plaster and read the product description. When applying, there are various design options with which you can design its interiors.

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