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Different Types of Plaster

Over the years, different types of plaster have been used for home or office renovations. Here’s a quick guide to the different plasters:


Browning plasters are mainly used as a base coat for surfaces that are absorbent such as walls, brickwork, block work, breeze block and plasterboard. This plaster is often grey or pink in colour. Oftentimes it is sold in 25kg-bag and this covers around 3-3.5 square metres at a depth of 12mm. As for its setting time, it is approximately 2 hours.


Bonding plaster is most suitable for use on dense but not very absorbent materials such as engineering bricks or those surfaces that have been treated with PVA. This plaster is known for its excellent adhesive properties and will therefore bond most surfaces. A 25-kg bag will cover 2.5 square metres at a depth of around 12mm. Just like the browning plaster, its setting time is around 2 hours.


This type of plaster is used as a top coat for browning and bonding base coat plaster. This is to ensure the smoothness of the plaster. A 25-kg bag will cover around 10 square metres at a depth of 2mm. The setting time is shorter than that of browning and bonding at just 1-1.5 hours.


Board finish plaster is only suitable for use on plasterboards. Finishing plaster is applied as a final coat and is about 2mm thick. As for it’s setting time, it is dependent on room temperature but is still around 1-1.5 hours.

These are the types of plaster you can use. However, if you want a more thorough application and better end results, allow experienced specialists to do their job. SLP Interiors has over 30 years of experience in full commercial or retail fit of suspended ceilings, partitions (solid or glazed), dry lining and plastering. Contact us today to discover the benefits of plastering in your office or commercial space. All installed by our fully qualified specialists at SLP.


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