Rolling plaster fine: The alternative to the paint

If the craftsman should be saved, but the wall is still to plaster - then roll plaster is a good alternative. Because the usually already finished material from the trade only needs to be applied with a roll. With fine finishes, plastering becomes as easy as brushing.

Rolling plaster

It combines two things in one: wall paint and putty properties. The rolling plaster is a finished product that can be purchased in the trade. It only needs a paint roller to bring this on the wall - cleaning trowel ade. This makes it possible for any DIY enthusiast to use roller coaster, as no special skills are required. Roll plaster is only suitable for use on interior walls. In contrast to classic wall paint, the plaster also offers its characteristic surface structure. Here, color and pattern are applied simultaneously. But even later, a structure can be introduced here. Roll-on plaster dries very quickly, however, so the do-it-yourselfer has to hurry up with a brush and a co.

Lime plaster versus synthetic resin plaster

Roll-on plaster is available in different versions. It is distinguished on the one hand by its binders, but on the other hand by different strengths, techniques and additives. Important for the rolling plaster is the fabric base. Here, especially plasters based on lime or synthetic resin are commercially available. Lime plaster has a natural binder. It is odorless, breathable and inhibits mold. It is especially suitable for stone walls, as it also has a conservative effect. On the other hand, synthetic resin-based rolling plaster is based on artificial binders such as acrylates. It is therefore less diffusible and temperature resistant. However, synthetic resin based roller trim has thinner properties. As a result, it dries much faster and can be applied more easily without gaps. Both rolling plaster types are suitable for the processing of interior walls.

Another commercially available plaster is the clay based version. This is also open to diffusion and ensures a pleasant indoor climate. However, it is sensitive to moisture.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Fine Rolling Plaster

Another criterion for distinguishing roll plaster is its grain size. Because he can be bought both grossly and finely. The fine variant has a grain size between 0.5 and one millimeter (coarse variants have a grain size of up to eight millimeters). The advantage of this fine grain appears on the wall. Its structure often looks more noble and similar to the simple paint with wall paint. Because there are no big differences in depth, which can throw coarser shadows. Likewise, the application of fine rolling plaster is easier than coarser variants. The latter is also often rubbed and thus rubbing. The disadvantage of fine roll plaster, however, is that the wall looks very plastic and flat due to its less structured surface. Also the mixing with color has its limits here. However, the rolling plaster can also be painted over later with wall paint.

The processing: step by step

The do-it-yourselfer does not need any special tools to put fine rolling plaster on the wall. Only a few tools are required:

  • Painter's tape
  • Masking foil
  • Short-pile paint rollers
  • Brushes
  • Wallpapering scraper
  • Drilling machine
  • Stirrer

Use only stainless tools to avoid endangering the result , After use they should be cleaned directly with water.

The material is also manageable. If you want to add color afterwards, you have to buy it extra. Even putty may only be necessary under certain circumstances - depending on the condition of the wall to be cleaned.

  • Primer paint
  • Rolling plaster
  • possibly tinting color
  • possibly putty

The first step before applying fine rolling plaster is the masking of switches, sockets, borders and co with painter's crepe. If there are furniture in the room in question, they should be protected with foil. Then the wall should be examined carefully. Fine rolling plaster covers no bumps. Therefore, all disturbing factors should be eliminated and holes filled with putty. Work can begin when the wall is level, dry and free of grease. The next step is priming. This is especially necessary when the wall absorbs moisture. The primer protects against the absorption of the rolling plaster. In the case of lime-based variants, the primer may also be dispensed with.

When this is drying, the roll-on plaster should be mixed. The trade has several products in stock: ready-made variants that only have to be carried out briefly or powder that has to be mixed with water. Who wants to add color in the plaster, needs in any case the agitator. This is followed by the application with the painter role. Who wets these before, has easier game. Because of this, the plaster is better accepted on the roll and transferred to the wall. Narrow and small areas can be worked with a brush.

The rolling plaster covers better with a short-pile painter's roller. It glues less and ensures a more even structure than long-pile models. Whether the painting roller is made of synthetic fibers or lambskin does not matter.

If the entire wall is finished with roller trim, the structure can be changed later if desired. But beware: Rolling plaster dries quickly and can be hard after just 15 minutes. If required, it can then be painted over with a stronger color.

Costs of Fine Rolling Plaster

The money to be invested in fine roll plaster differs depending on the circumstances. If the wall needs a primer, the material is usually more expensive. Fine synthetic resin-based rolling plaster should be calculated at around three to four euros per square meter, since priming is necessary here. In the case of lime-based rolling plaster, the unnecessary deep ground can reduce the costs to 1.5 to 2 euros per square meter. In both cases, the costs of putty and tools are added.


If you want more than just paint on your wall, you should go for roll plaster. This can also be applied with the paint roller. However, it offers more structure. Fine roller plaster has a grain size up to one millimeter. As a result, the wall surface then usually looks classy and modern. Attention should be paid to the binding material of the rolling plaster: A distinction is made here between synthetic resin and lime base.

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