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What are the different types of plaster pan?

What are the different types of plaster pan?

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Plaster pans come in different sizes

Plaster pans come in various sizes, usually between 305mm (12″) and 457mm (18″) in length with an average capacity of 2 litres.
A larger blade will require a larger pan. Check the size of your
The size you need will depend on the size of the blade you use, the type of job you are doing and, more importantly, the size of your hand.

So for a job which requires a larger blade, you are going to need a larger plaster pan.

But remember, a larger pan places a greater strain on your hand and wrist.


Plaster pans come in plastic or different types of steel. Plaster pans are also available in three different materials to suit all budgets:

1. Plastic

2. Galvanised steel

3. Stainless steel

A plaster pan made of plastic

Plastic pans

A plastic pan should be durable enough to resist heat, cold, temperature changes and most chemicals.

Some plastic pans have metal inserts on the edge, which are useful for scraping residue from a trowel.

A plaster pan made of galvanised steel

Galvanised steel pans

A galvanised steel plaster pan means the steel has been coated with a layer of zinc to give further protection against rust.

It is more durable than plastic, which has a tendency to buckle under constant use.

 WD says "The zinc isn’t just ‘painted’ on like a sealant. The zinc bonds automatically to the underlying steel surface becoming a permanent part of it."
A plaster pan made of stainless steel

Stainless steel pans 

At the top of the budget is a stainless steel plaster pan, where the corrosion protection element is not only on the surface like galvanised steel, but goes all the way through the metal.

Scratch stainless steel and there is just more stainless steel underneath! Stainless steel has a well-deserved reputation for resisting stains and damage.

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