Using the latest techniques specialised plasterers can now create superior quality polished plaster finishes, including a stunning marble effect finish, in both residential and commercial properties. Polished plaster finishes can be applied to standard walls creating amazing finishes that you can choose from samples and swatches. Polished Plastering is an intricate process which takes a great deal of skill and creativity through four stages.
The first stage involves a base coat of plaster being applied to the surface in a thin layer then left to set. The second stage is a second coat is applied 4-5 hours after the first coat. The technique for this stage involves intricate overlapping strokes to create the marble like polished effect. This second coat requires 24 hours before a third stage is applied. The third stage achieves the depth of colour and sheen that makes the surface reflective and adds durability, but the final stage is the most time consuming and the stage that creates a stunning, high quality polished stone effect.
The surface is sanded down then cleaned to remove dust and excess plaster, plus a wax topcoat for protection and extra shine. There are a number of types of polished finish and effects available including Ardesia (reproduces the finish of natural stone), Travertino Romano (just like ancient stone), Raffaello Decor Studio (antique stucco effect) and Raffaello Madreperlato (pearl-like Venetian stuccoes).
Plastering is an extremely skilled job and polished plaster finishing is even more specialised. The best way to find a good local plasterer offering the latest polished finishes is by word of mouth. If you can get a recommendation from someone you know who has used the plasterer before and they have done a good job, this is by far the best method, so the first thing to do is to ask around friends, family and, neighbours. If you cannot get a good recommendation from someone you trust, then you will need to do some research to find a reputable, reliable and trustworthy plasterer that specialises in the latest polished and stone effect finishing.
You can check adverts in the local papers, in the Yellow Pages, Thompson Local and on the internet. You can find plasterers everywhere, but the difficulty is finding a good one! A quick and easy way to find recommended plasterers in your area is to use the free quote service available on this site, just click the "post your job" button on this page to get started. Quality plasterer makes plastering look really easy but the skills take years to perfect, everyone loves a bargain, but care must be taken not to just go with a cheap plastering quote. The majority of plasterers advertising their services that have been working in your area for a number of years will be good honest experienced plasterers, qualified professionals that will do the job correctly and quickly.
Rogue Traders are thankfully in the minority but they are around in the plastering industry, so always obtain a few quotes and ask for references, get confirmation that they hold public liability insurance and never use anyone who is unable to provide references, details of their insurance or a written quotation and guarantee. Don't pay until you are happy that the job has been carried out to your satisfaction and if in doubt check with trading standards to see if the tradesman has previously been reported to them. Finally, don't let price be the deciding factor on it's own, sometimes you get what you pay for!
Using polished plaster can be expensive but it does produce an outstanding level of finish. The price really all depends of what type of plaster is being used and how much of it is required (in other words how big the area is). If you are using a basic polished plaster prices start from around £22 to £25 per square metre. So for an average room of 200square metres, the typical cost would be £4400. But there are more expensive types of polished plaster like metallic finishes which will cost from £50 to £65 per square metre.