The Plasterer’s Starting Kit: Tools of the Trade
When you are starting out, it is inevitable that you might end up with purchases you regret. It is either you are over prepared for the job, buying every recommended plastering trowel or you are underprepared, you didn’t even know you needed sandpaper for clean-up. You fall into discount traps or expensive promises that at the end of the day, do not deliver. After all, the best guide is experience. If you don’t have a friend or professional to can ask, you can keep this list in mind.
When buying plastering tools, there is no ultimate brand. You have to test it yourself, and if it feels right, then buy it. Price and recommendations can only take you so far. Test the grip, the weight, and the size, if you are comfortable then you know what to go for.
A decent toolkit
Find a decent toolkit, one that you can carry easily from job to job while being weather resistant enough to keep your tools in good shape. Keeping trowels in water for too long damages them and might lead to warping. Having proper storage on the go and on the job is a must.
For plastering trowels, start off with a gauging trowel and a float trowel. Have a hawk ready and you have your beginner’s set. Plasterers tools UK suppliers often are diverse, and you will find that as you complete more jobs, you will need various other kinds of trowels. However, at the end of the day, it is up to you how you use your trowel according to your strengths. A smaller trowel meant for detailing and finishes is not best for those who deal with wide walls. You must adapt your kit according to your skill set.
Plastering tools are not just limited to trowels. Search, for example, plastering tools UK, and you will also find snips and levels, brushes and buckets. Plasterwork is not just about the wall, it is also about the beforehand prep work and the clean-up after. For this, you need two-three decent sized buckets, brushes (a broad one and a small one), a Stanley knife, and a couple of rags. You need to keep your tools clean to make them last longer and to keep the integrity of your future jobs.
As you start your plastering career, remember that tools can take you only part of the way. The rest is up to how you practice and improve your craft. Cheap trowels in the hands of a veteran can go a long way.