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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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  • Jenna Hunter
    September 30, 2019, 10:23 pm REPLY

    It was interesting to learn about the different types of plaster. My cousin is thinking about getting some plaster. He would really like to hire a professional to help him.

  • Exterior Plasterers Chch
    May 8, 2020, 9:14 pm REPLY

    This is a very informative blog, thanks for sharing about different types of plaster. It will help a lot; these types of content should get appreciated. I will bookmark your site; I hope to read more such informative contents in future. When you look for same type of great content, like here then check out this ptcladding.co.nz also.

  • Braden Bills
    July 21, 2020, 2:49 pm REPLY

    I’m trying to get my basement finished, but I’m not sure what to do with the walls. It makes sense that having plaster put in would be a good idea. I should definitely get a professional to help me out when it comes to choosing what kind of plaster, though. They would be able to ensure that I get the best kind for my budget.