The alternative to tiles - interior plaster in the bathroom

German bathrooms are for the most part equipped with tiles. Often even up to the ceiling. But every fashion has lived out once. If you want to give your bathroom a different look, you should go completely different ways.

Interior plaster in the bathroom, is that possible?

With a plaster of the bathroom walls, you create a seamless and mold-resistant surface, which can be varied in design due to the versatility of the plaster types. Cleaning surfaces create a healthy living climate and are also suitable for the bathroom.

Contrary to popular belief, a bathroom is not a damp or wet room. An occasional moisture load, such as may occur in bathrooms or kitchens of apartments, is part of the intended use of the rooms. The occasional humidity is negligible and all common plaster types can be used.

advantagesdisadvantage
seamless wall surfaceit does not work without dirt
healthier living environmenta little manual skill necessary
versatile structure
paintable
also applicable to tiles

You have the choice

If you want to install an interior plaster in the bathroom, you have two options. You can remove the old tiles and interior plaster and plaster the walls completely or you can choose the cheaper option and, for example, apply a rubbing plaster to the existing tiles.

The first variant makes sense if, as in old buildings, it was only tiled around the washbasin and the walls were painted with an oil paint. In the second variant, the tiles remain on the wall and are only covered with a layer of plaster, which means much less work and much less dirt.

Which plaster is suitable?

Each normally used bathroom can be plastered with lime, cement or gypsum based mineral plasters. The components are not used in their pure form, but offered as ready-mixed dry mixes:

  • Gypsum lime plaster
  • Lime-cement plaster
  • Gypsum cement plaster
  • Adhesive gypsum plaster

Such mixtures can be found in the hardware store or building materials trade. They are easy to mix, process and distribute. They are suitable for every common substrate and for any further coating.

Tips & Tricks

A wet room interior plaster is only required if so much water is required that a drainage on the floor must be made, as is the case in public saunas, swimming pools or shower rooms.

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