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PostPosted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 8:04 pm 
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Hello everyone,
I have a pretty daft question, so I apologize in advance. I haven't been in the trade for a long time, but I was taught to finish the plaster without using sandpaper. I've been to a several countries, and I noticed that most of the plasterers always sand the walls. What are the benefits of finishing the plaster the way we do it? Troweling up, using all sorts of speedskims, superflexes, etc. A lot of people use very cheap tools, wait for the skim to dry and then sand it. That also gives them a lot of time, so they don't have to hustle. I am a newbie, so what's the point in doing it the "hard way"?

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I don't use same paper either. Trowel it up a couple of times with water and get it smooth enough

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mick.mh2racing wrote:
I don't use same paper either. Trowel it up a couple of times with water and get it smooth enough

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Me neither. I mean if so many people use sandpaper, they are probably doing it for a reason. I do it the UK way because it requires much more skill and precision, but the other one seems to be much easier. I just don't know what the benefits of troweling up are. :)


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I'm no pro by any means, just an enthusiastic amateur. Get it on the wall and leave it for 15 minutes, wet it and trowel over it. Re wet the area and trowel it over again a couple of times and you're done. Good enough for me, certainly won't win any prizes maybe but no one has ever complained.


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