Best Plasterer's Tools
Welcome to the Wonkee Donkee guide for the best plasterer’s tools.
To make sure you have all the best plasterers tools for every different type of plasterer job we have put together all of the essentials you need.
A plasterer uses a pointing trowel for trimming small areas that needed extra attention. They are typically between 5-6 inches (12-15cm) in length. The pointing trowel gets its name due to the action it allows the user to complete called ‘pointing’. Originally designed for builders to fill and shape mortar in between bricks, the pointing trowel has been adapted by plasterers to intricately trim and shape plaster.
When unable to use a larger trowel, a plasterer would reach for his window trowel. It has a smaller face which provides you with better control when plastering in tight spaces. The window trowel is also known as a ‘tuck pointer’ or ‘joint filler’. It’s design of a long thin shank provides plasterers the ability to accurately level plaster over tricky joints and in hard to reach places.
Corner Trowel (Internal and External)
Corner trowels allow you to finish the internal and external corners of a surface with accuracy and ease. A plasterers quality of work is typically judged on how smooth the finish is in addition to how well the corners of the surface are sealed. A corner trowel is a must have tool for a plasterer to ensure a smooth fill in to each edge of the surface.
The finishing trowel is the plasterer’s bread and custard. A wide, flat, rectangular blade allows you to spread, smooth and level your plaster. You will be using this tool a lot, so invest in a good quality one with a comfortable grip. Top quality trowels are not welded through and are slightly convexed.
A hawk is a simple portable surface which provides you with a flat plate on which to store a small amount of plaster material for ease of application to walls and ceilings.
This can help speed up work by allowing for plasterers to complete sections without having to continually return to wherever the mixed plaster is stored. This is especially useful when working in hard to reach areas as it allows for high walls or ceiling corners to be plastered in one go to ensure the quality of finish.
A straight edge is used to even off rendered floors and can cover a large area in a short time. Typically used to measure distances, a plasterers straight edge is also used to help ensure surfaces are smooth. A plasterers straight edge is typically made from aluminium and is a great tool to use in the final steps of plastering to ensure a perfectly smooth finish.
Scraper (Long and Short)
It is not always practical to whip out the power tools, so having the option for manual driving is a great asset. A set of high-quality screwdrivers will provide you with years of service. Cheap screwdrivers tend to be made from softer metals and the points will strip out after just a few uses. When you need to pry something open, use your pry bar NOT your screwdrivers!
Artex Texture Brush
The plastering float is another very important tool that every plasterer needs to own. These will be used on every job in the application and finishing stages to ensure the flattest finish possible. Plaster floats can be used on both walls or ceilings and are a plasterers best friend when smoothing surfaces.
Cordless Combi Drill
All professionals need a good quality cordless combi drill ready just in case. Some plasterers may need to remove fittings or fixtures before they begin plastering or to get to hard to reach places. Cordless combi drill is a handy power tool that can drill as well as drive. Also as it is cordless the battery is rechargeable and can be used wherever you like.
Jointing Knife / Taping Knife
A mortar stand is a simple foldable table on which plaster material or grout can be stored for ease of access when plastering. Mortar stands save plasterers from continuously bending down when mixing and fetching plaster as well a handy surface to place tools. A professional plasterer should invest in a good quality mortar stand which will last for several years.
A step ladder is thoroughly handy in nearly any situation and if you purchase a good quality one they can be both lightweight and durable. Plasterers need to reach high walls as well as ceilings so a good quality step ladder is vital.
The most useful size is 1.5 metres (5 feet) because it will provide you with the reach you need for ceiling work without being too bulky. It can be easily folded up and stored away.