Repairing a Plaster Ceiling: A Guide

If the plaster ceiling in your home has sustained damage, you may be looking for advice on what to do next. This article will guide you through the steps you need to take to repair the ceiling in your home. Read on to find out more. 


Applying fresh plaster can be a messy business so the first thing you will want to do is to remove or cover any pieces of furniture in the room. This will help you avoid getting plaster on them when you apply it to the ceiling. It is also a good idea to brush down the ceiling with a soft cloth. Doing so helps to prevent dust from mixing with the fresh plaster. 

Mix your plaster 

To mix your plaster properly, make sure you have a large bucket of water ready. You can measure out and mix the plaster with a plastering trowel. It is typically best to add the plaster powder to the bucket of water rather than the water to the plaster powder. Doing so provides you with more control over the mix. Place the trowel into the bucket of water and stir it until you have created a smooth and even paste. 

Apply the plaster 

Begin by using the trowel to spread the wet plaster over the damaged area. Make sure you hold the trowel is at a low angle, as doing so will allow you to evenly and smoothly spread plaster across the surface of the ceiling. Next, you should repeatedly skim the trowel over the ceiling in the plaster to remove any excess material until the surface is smooth and even. 

Apply the second layer of plaster 

Once the plaster has dried, you will need to apply another layer. You will want to make sure you apply it on a smooth and even surface. To do this, use the trowel to smooth out any rough patches in the plaster. Once the second layer of plaster has dried, the wall is ready to be repainted.

Sand the ceiling 

Even the most adept skimming with result in small bumps and blemishes being left behind. Imperfections such as these can be removed by rubbing sandpaper over the area until it is completely smooth. This will make the new plaster much easier to apply.

If you don't feel confident conducting a DIY repair of your plaster ceiling, you should get in touch with a local plaster ceiling repair company today.