The customer’s property in Winchmore Hill was an old house. Removing the old kitchen had revealed a number of problems, including bonding on the walls. As a wall covering it is lacking insulation value, likely to absorb moisture, causing damp, and unsuitable for a modern kitchen installation.
With the above in mind, our plasterer’s first task was to remove the bonding from the walls, taking it back to the brickwork. The brickwork was then dusted-off to remove as much of the loose debris as possible, giving us a surface with which we could bond sand and cement to.
We then applied a layer of sand and cement with a waterproofing agent in the mix. This is known as a ‘floated out scratch coat’ and is a first of plaster designed to bond to the brickwork and create a base coat upon which plaster can then be applied.
Once the base coat had dried we then plastered the walls, applying a second coat using multi-finish plaster to create a straighter and smoother wall surface in readiness for covering with a top coat of plaster.
With the second layer dried, the final ‘top coat’ of plaster, was applied. This is often called ‘skimming‘, as it is a smooth layer of plaster which is skimmed over the surface to create the final smooth surface and crisp edged corners which are suitable for painting and decorating.