How To Plaster Corners | Corner Bead Plastering For Beginners

You do not fully know how to plaster a wall if you cannot get the corners right. That is a fact that every handyman knows at the back of their head. Sure, the corner is the trickiest  part, but it is not as difficult if you know the basics. Thankfully, over time there are new techniques and methods that make the whole process a lot easier. 

Below, we are going to check out some easy steps to make Plaster Beading easier for beginners. With these steps, you will get the hang of it in no time.

1. Measure and cut the bead.

Measure out the length of the corner you want to plaster, but not the full length. Ensure that you leave an inch from the ground. Why? Well, the gap is essential to guard against any impending water damage. Once the measurements are taken, it is time to cut the beading. For this part, you will need a pair of tin snips.

2. Attach the bead.

How you go about fixing the bead depends on what you’re attaching it to. It is a lot easier to attach when the surface is plasterboard. Using a staple gun is one of the easiest ways to get that done. Once the holes align with the wings of your bead, go ahead and fire. Next, there is the process of plastering onto an already plastered corner which can be a bit testy.

In this case, most professionals advise that you stick on the beads using plaster and not screws. A similar process applies if you are attaching the bead onto existing plaster. The only difference is that you will use a float bead instead of your standard skim bead.

3. Plaster it up.

Now that the corner beading is latched on to either of the surfaces mentioned, it is time to apply some plaster. Once your plaster is all mixed up, there are multiple methods of application. But, we are not going to delve into all that. The method stated below is recognized as one of the simplest.

Use a trowel to apply the plaster to edges of the beading. Ensure that it covers the entire length for best results. Proceed to run the trowel along the entire length of the bead from the base to the top. This goes a long way to ensure that the plaster applied is thick enough to hold everything in place.

Once the job is done precisely, plaster the entirety of the wall. It is advisable to go over the wall again with plaster to fill any crevices and bumps along the bead.

4. Finishing touches.

Once that is done, allow some time for the plaster to dry. In most cases that takes anything from 8-10 hours. After that, proceed to apply the finishing coat just to smooth things out and ensure it is aesthetically pleasing. Even more, this stage ensures that you don’t have to constantly fix crumbling plaster.

If there is one thing you need for this entire process, it is patience. Taking your time at each step ensures that the end result is phenomenal.