Ceiling plaster - The right structure is important

When plastering ceilings, you have to distinguish between flush and surface plaster, just as with walls. Both types of plaster are necessary in succession on a blanket and must be flat and intact.


Flushing is usually already present on buildings that have not been rebuilt. It may be cracked or damaged, but such damage can usually be repaired by trowelling if they are not too large. If the built-in plaster as a whole is too heavily damaged in a ceiling, it must be knocked off and renewed - but this is generally rarely necessary.

For flush-mounting on the ceiling, cement plaster or lime-cement plaster is used in most cases. It can also be started by machine, and then only has to be removed by hand and smoothed. This simplifies and speeds up the work.


Cleaning strips are fixed vertically to the projecting corners with tie-down straps and otherwise at intervals of about half a meter to the walls. They serve to make the removal of the plaster easier, since they divide the surface to be plastered into smaller sub-areas.

Cleaning strips are mandatory when applying the concealed plaster - whether manual or mechanical.


For plastering, two coats of primer are used: First of all, before applying the plaster to make the subfloor surface more adhesive, and then again as a so-called plaster base on the completely dried in-wall plaster to better adhere the topcoat to it. Both are usually different products, but there are certainly products that are suitable for both applications. It always depends on which finishing coat you use.


The top coat is then the final layer of plaster, which can then later structured, smoothed, or painted. Here you have the choice between the very fast and easy-to-use roller plaster or coating or a classic plaster material, which is usually cheaper, but requires a little skill in plastering.

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