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How should I prepare my property for plastering? 

Not many preparations are required. Firstly, remove most of your furniture and cover the rest. Also, cover the carpet. Next, arrange for cold water and power supply. Lastly, make sure that entry and exit are free and are covered. 

What is the reason for plastering failure? 

Seepage of moisture in walls and ceilings due to leaking roofs and improper plumbing, etc. cause plumbing to fail. This seeping moisture makes the finish coat to peel off, and the plastering fails. 

When can I paint on my plaster? 

It depends on the coats you have done. A skim coat can be dried and painted on in a week, and a hardwall coat takes one to two months. Also, keep the first coat of paint a bit watered down—approximately 40% water and 60% paint. Watering down the paint helps it get absorbed better in the plaster. 

What are the different types of plaster and where they are used? 

There are different types of plaster. But here are a few common ones. First is the skim coat. A skim coat is a coat that is done on already plastered walls or over Gyprock. Second is the bonding coat. A bonding coat is done for filling large holes or smoothening rough surfaces. Lastly, there is a hardwall coat, which is done on surfaces like bricks because it bonds to them better. 

Can I plaster over my wallpaper? 

No wallpaper cannot be pasted over plaster because plaster is water-based. Thus, plaster and paper will both fall off. But Gyprock is a safe alternative. Gyprock is easy to install and does not create as much mess as plaster. 

Can I plaster over my distemper painted wall? 

No, it is not recommended. Plaster over distemper walls is not a durable practice. Paint can peel off from the roller itself. Thus, Gyprock is used. Gyprock is easy to install and can be painted on easily. 

What is Gyprock? 

Gyprock is a layer of gypsum plaster applied and dried between layers of special paper. Gyprock is also called plasterboard and drywall. And it comes in variations of soundproof Gyprock and thermal insulation. There are different gyprock quality for different application like a bathroom, bedroom, etc. 

Can Gyprock be recycled? 

Yes, Gyprock is 100% recyclable. It is made up of gypsum, paper, and a few additives. Gypsum is entirely recyclable, and so is paper. Gyprock can be recycled back into manufacturing, or it can be used to make agricultural utilities like soil conditioners. 

Can Gyprock be used in alfresco area ceilings? 

Yes, Gyprock can be installed in the alfresco area ceiling but on some conditions. First, is that the ceiling must be protected from wind-driven rain. Second, being the area should be under N1 or N2 winds categories. 

Can I install Gyprock around a fireplace? 

No, you should not install Gyprock around a fireplace. Gyprock must not be installed near any heat source which exposes it to temperatures above 52 Degree Celsius for long hours. Care should also be taken while installing it near other heat sources like combustion heater, etc. 

What can I install Gyprock on? 

You can install Gyprock on ceilings, walls, ducting arrangements, just name it. A metal furring or directly attaching to ceiling joists are two options available for the ceiling. Gyprocks are flexible. For walls, it can be attached to steel studs, masonry, or timber studs.  

What ways can I use to install Gyprock? 

There are three methods to install Gyprock. They are screw fix only, nail fix only, and screw or nail fix with adhesive. Nail fix only method works only for Level 3 finish, while the last method is an all-time favourite and is the most preferred method. 

How many Levels of Finish exist? 

Three levels of finish are there—level 3, 4, and 5. 

What is a Level 4 finish? 

Level 4 finish is the most commonly achieved level of finish. It is the default finishing level and is used for most residential and commercial projects. Also, the paints used on this type of finish are flat or low-sheen. 

What is a Level 3 finish? 

Level 3 finish is done where not much decoration is required. It is the lowest level of finish. 

What is a Level 5 finish? 

Level 5 finish is done where there are critical lighting systems like glancing lights or high sheen, or glossy paints are to be used. It is the most high-end solution. 

What do you mean by a Glancing Light? 

You must have seen lights that shine along the face of walls in restaurants or other creative interiors. These are critical lighting pieces and need Level 5 finish because otherwise, the small aberrations in the finish are highlighted due to the shadow falling on the opposite side of aberration. 

How can I minimize the effects of Glancing Light? 

There are a handful means to minimize it. For starters, use a high-level finish and work on the texture of the wall—next use more natural light. Lastly, use paints that minimize this effect. 

What type of paints can be used on a Gyprock? 

A Gyprock is versatile and flexible. Any paint can be used on it. For example, it can be painted with oil paints, wallpapers, or enamels, etc. the list is unending. This opens a whole world of opportunities, but matt colours can always with the deal. 

What are some Gyprock painting precautions? 

Some of the main precautions to be taken are, firstly wait for the sealer to dry on jointed and unjointed parts. After that apply paint but with a roller so that the coat is even and the paint does not chip away. Also, make it a point to make use of sealers that are water-based and also sand in between the various coats. 

What should I use for joints? Paper Tape or Easy Tape? 

Paper Tape provides far more strength than Easy Tape and is more durable. Thus wherever high joint strength is required, you must use paper tape, and wherever lower strength is required, the Easy tape must be used. Also, Paper tape uses joint compound as an adhesive while Easy tape uses self-adhering adhesive. 

What is Back-Blocking? 

Back-blocking is generally done to provide support to the wall-ceiling joint. Back blocking is also required so that the manufacturer warranty does not become void and provides the much-needed support to large ceilings. In back blocking gyprock pieces are cut just the size and fit the back of wall-ceiling joints. 

When is Back-Blocking necessary? 

Back blocking is necessary when a ceiling has three or more than three recessed joints. Another situation is when the butt joints are between framing supports. 

Can I continue using a Gyprock that has been wet once? 

Yes, if it has been little water exposure. Let the Gyprock dry and once it is dry, check for any possible damage, and if there is nothing, let it stay. If there has been significant water exposure, like flooding, then it is better to change it. Otherwise, it might lead to a reduction in fixing holding capacity and board strength in general. 

Can I install Gyprock behind a cooktop splashback panel? 

Yes, you can. For residential areas, a minimum 10mm gyprock is needed and must be placed behind at least 5 mm thick tiles, or minimum 5mm thick toughened safety glass, or a minimum 0.4mm thick metal sheet. 

How much tile weight can Gyprock hold? 

Gyprock is designed to hold a maximum of 32 Kilogram per Meter Square. To have an idea, this is equivalent to a ceramic tile having a thickness of maximum 12.5mm and a stone tile of approximately 10mm. 

What is Thermal Insulated Gyprock? 

An insulated Gyprock is a thermally insulated gyprock. It is insulation material sheet sandwiched between layers of paper and gypsum. This eliminates the need for batt insulation and quickens the construction process. Also, it can be cut and applied by standard gyprock installation method. It will not require any extra tools for cutting or installation. And it is economical too. 

Is Thermal Insulated Gyprock good internal insulation? 

Thermal insulated Gyprock is suitable for internal insulation, and it is an excellent option for rooms or those parts of your house that are used less. For example, rooms like attic, storehouse, or guest rooms can be insulated with this type of Gyprock, and you do not have to heat/cool them and incur unnecessary electricity bills. 

How does soundproof gyprock work? 

Gyprocks are high-density sheets of Gypsum plaster. These high-density sheets give excellent resistance to the sound waves and block high-frequency and even low-frequency sounds. Also, gyprocks block the small cracks and holes in walls and ceilings, which otherwise let the sound escape. 

How can I soundproof my room? 

Soundproofing the room requires little changes in the architecture. Use solid core doors and place the door after a doorway. Also, you can use double studs or include insulation between wall cavity. All of this helps make your home and room soundproof. 

How do I care for Gyprock? 

Gyprocks, whether painted or not, are hassle-free. They just need a casual dusting from a dry cloth or a feather duster. Simply do this regularly, and not much is needed. When you feel like it needs more cleaning, simply use a cellulose sponge for cleaning. Dip it in water, and it will not retain much water. Now clean in a top to bottom approach, this will clean the drips too. 

What is Render? 

Render is a cement-based plaster. Ingredients used in making Render are clean sand, hydrated lime, water, and some form of cement. It is applied in two or three layers depending on the surface it is being applied. Whether stone, brick, or concrete blocks. 

What colours are preferred in Render? 

Render comes in various colours. Although you can implement various colours in Render, subtle colours are preferred because dark colours hide the details and take the show off. 

What is the expected life of Render? 

Render is very resilient and abrasion-proof in no small extent. Thus, it lasts around 50-80 years without much maintenance or repair requirement. Many houses of the 1900s are still standing and looking beautiful. 

How many layers does Render require? 

There are minimum two, and maximum three-coat applied while making Render application. The name of three layers are- Scratch coat, brown coat, and finish coat. Scratch and brown coats are both base coats. The two-coat system is used when we apply Render directly over masonry and three coats when doing over lath. 

What is a Scratch coat? 

Scratch coat is the first base coat. And it is scratched with some tool and thus the name. These scratches have a lot of significance. These scratches hold the next layer and provide the required moisture to it, which is needed for proper curing. 

What is the Brown Coat? 

Brown coat is the second base coat. It is not rough like the scratch coat. Instead, it is very even and smooth. And the flat finish of this coat is necessary for an excellent finish of the finish coat. 

What is the finish coat? 

This is the sturdy layer over the brown coat. This layer needs to be resilient to abrasion and other wear and tear. This is the decorative finish that we have made all these efforts for. 

Why does a cornice do? 

A cornice gives a beautiful look and a decorative finish to the wall-ceiling joint. It also hides any crack at the joint. 

What is a cornice made up of? 

Plasterglass makes up a cornice. So, what is plaster glass? Plasterglass is made by layering fibreglass and gypsum plaster. Since gypsum and fibreglass are both non-combustible, thus cornice is also non-combustible. 

How do I put up a cornice?

For that first, butter the back of cornice with cornice cement. Now place this cornice on the joint and let the cement ooze out. Now lightly nail the cornice in place and clean the oozing cement out with a small broad knife. Now use a paintbrush and water to wipe the top and bottom of cornice and leftover cement. After this, remove the nails, fill the holes with cornice cement and lastly, wipe the cornice with water and sponge or paintbrush. 

Why should I choose Plastering Bendigo? 

Plastering Bendigo is a reliable service provider. We are an old company. Thus we have polished our services to provide you with the best and the smoothest experience possible. We have highly knowledgeable and experienced staff. And we promise that there will be no nasty surprises at the end of the project.