Removing the plaster - Step by Step

Removing the plaster - Step by Step

Putz has become a popular alternative to classic wallpaper in recent years. The material scores with a long service life and depending on the type of plaster with further advantageous properties. Clay made of clay, for example, ensures a good room climate because the material absorbs moisture and neutralizes cigarette smoke. The only disadvantage of plaster is that the removal of the material is associated with a relatively large amount of effort.

Plaster coating popular with home improvement

Plaster is available in various designs and the material consists of different binders. A big difference is the way it is applied. Previously you had to apply plaster with a trowel. Meanwhile, there are also roll and coating plaster. The former is applied with a roller, the latter with a large brush.

Because of its ease of use, brushing plaster is particularly popular with home improvement workers. Equipped with a brush, they apply the plaster in a layer less than one millimeter thick. Applying with a brush creates an interesting pattern, which significantly contributes to the interior design.

The binders used in the plaster decide which rooms use a plaster type:

  1. Clay and clay ensure a good finish Indoor climate and to be preferred in living rooms
  2. Plaster and lime are a classic interior plaster suitable for many rooms
  3. Cement is water repellent and have a high compressive strength

Sooner or later, each render will reach its maximum Life, then it must be removed. This is no easy task, depending on the type of plaster used. However, this work also succeeds with the right material, tools and instructions.

Preparations for Removing Coating

  • Covering Foil
  • Adhesive Tape
  • Safety Goggles
  • Respirator Mask
  • Protective Clothing
  • Chisel
  • Hammer
  • Rotary Hammer
  • Spreader
  • Wire Brushes

The preparations for removing plaster are the same as those for plastering: First you should remove all furniture from the room. If this is not possible, cover the furniture with a foil. Then place cover foil on the floor and stick it firmly with tape. The tape is also used to mask electrical outlets and other installations. The fine dust can penetrate the electrical installation and cause damage.

Plaster removal depends on the surface

Plaster is applied to a wide variety of surfaces so that its distance depends on them. Some people apply plaster on wallpaper. In this case, it seems logical to solve the plaster with wallpaper. For this purpose, the plaster is hit lightly with a hammer and soaks the underlying wallpaper with water. In the next step, you can peel off the wallpaper and the coating - you kill two birds with one stone.

Remove the coating with a hammer and a chisel

Brush-on plaster is applied in a very thin layer compared to roll-on plaster. This facilitates the subsequent removal of the plaster layer. Equip with hammer and chisel as well as respiratory and visual protection. When removing plaster, dust will be generated which should not be inhaled.

To remove the plaster, hold the chisel parallel to the wall and repeatedly hit the end of the tool with the hammer. This work begins in the middle of the wall. Slowly but surely work your way to the corner of the wall.

After the plaster has been completely removed, you first take a rough, then a fine wire brush, and use the tools to carefully stroke the masonry. In this way, the masonry is cleaned and when re-plastering no lumps are formed.

Alternative way of removing brushing

Due to its small thickness, it is very difficult to remove a coating with a hammer or a chisel or the process takes too long. For this reason, there is an alternative way that could speed up the work.

Depending on which binder the plaster is made of, it can be soaked with water. This is the case, for example, with clay plaster: you dip a sponge in clear water and soften the plaster. Then it can be scrape off the wall with a spatula.

If you can not solve the plaster, take an electric scraper to hand. The soaking is mandatory here!

Wall finally fix

When scraping the plaster layer is extremely thin at Streichputz, is a great chance before that you damage the underlying wall (or other plaster layer). Depending on which plan you have for the wall, it must be repaired. The simplest repair is done with classic gypsum plaster.

If you want to save the repair of the wall, it is very carefully when removing the plaster. The correct wetting of the plaster layer and slow preliminary work with a spatula should be sufficient so that you can remove the layer without damaging the underlying wall plaster. The effort for this project can be compared with the removal of a multi-layered wallpaper. Who does not have the time or patience for it should be call for reinforcements or leave the work to a professional.

Streichputz remodel instead remove

The desire to remove the brush rendering, has in some cases cosmetic reasons. If the plaster itself is not damaged, it also does not need to be removed. Do-it-yourselfers have the opportunity to coat the plaster with an emulsion paint. In other cases, it may be possible to wallpaper over the plaster.


The removal of plaster is a work that requires a lot of time and requires patience. Those who are patient will be able to remove the coating without damaging the underlying layer. Those who lack the time and patience required should leave the work to a professional or seek energetic support from other DIY enthusiasts.

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