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Specialist Plastering

Artex plaster on ceiling

There are many forms of specialist plastering techniques and systems available from traditional patterned finishes like Artex to damp controling renovating plasters to ultra modern magnetic surfaces enabling the wall to be used as a 'TO DO LIST' board. Please see below for a variety of different specialist plastering methods:-

Artexing

Artex is a surface coating used for interior decorating, most often found on ceilings, which allows the decorator to add a texture to it. The name Artex is a trademark of Artex Ltd., a company based in the United Kingdom. The name is a genericised trademark often used to refer to similar products from other manufacturers.

Artex differs from plaster in that it was marketed as a material intended to receive a textured finish, thus enabling a ceiling to be finished without plastering skills. It was very widely used in Britain in the 1970s, mainly with the familiar stippled and swirled patterns. Artex was also occasionally used on walls.

One issue with Artex ceilings is that matching the pattern seamlessly when repairing is impossible. The poor appearance of repaired ceilings harmed its popularity. Furthermore, removal of Artex can be rather difficult.

Venetian plastering

Venetian plaster is a wall and ceiling finish consisting of plaster mixed with marble dust, applied with a spatula or trowel in thin, multiple layers, which are then burnished to create a smooth surface with the illusion of depth and texture. Venetian plaster techniques include marmorino, scagliola, and sgraffito. When left un-burnished, Venetian plaster has a matte finish that is rough and stone-like to the touch. Un-burnished Venetian plaster is also very brittle and damages rather easily.

When applied correctly, Venetian plaster can be used to create a highly polished, rock-hard, marble-like finish. Venetian plaster is especially useful on surfaces where marble panels could not be installed easily, and on surfaces that would be too expensive to have carved from real marble such as columns, corbels, and curved walls.

Venetian plaster can be tinted, or colored using natural or synthetic colorants. The ability to tint Venetian plaster is especially helpful when a specific color of "marble" is desired, or when a color that does not exist naturally is wanted.

Magnetic plastering

A unique skim finish plaster that attracts magnets to create interactive walls. Magnetic plaster contains special additives to attract magnets, allowing the creation of interactive walls.

Walls can be decorated with paint, wallpaper, stickers or specialist finishes such as whiteboard or chalkboard paint without affecting the attraction of the magnets.

Magnetic plaster can be used on a wide range of background and dries to a light grey colour. This product can be used to create interactive walls in all types of properties including  schools, nurseries, offices, kitchens and bedrooms

Pargeting

Pargeting derives from the word 'parget', a Middle English term that is probably derived from the Old French pargeter or parjeter, to throw about, or porgeter, to roughcast a wall. However, the term is more usually applied only to the decoration in relief of the plastering between the studwork on the outside of half-timber houses, or sometimes covering the whole wall.

The devices were stamped on the wet plaster. This seems generally to have been done by sticking a number of pins in a board in certain lines or curves, and then pressing on the wet plaster in various directions, so as to form geometrical figures. Sometimes these devices are in relief, and in the time of Elizabeth I of England represent figures, birds and foliage.

Renovating plasters

The breathable nature of renovating Plaster means it is ideal to use on traditional substrates, single skin properties and in areas that have previously suffered from damp or flooding.

This breathability enables substrate to dry naturally, meaning the plaster plaster can provide a fast and effective long term solution for flood remediation repairs in both domestic and commercial properties.

Renovating plasters also incorporate polypropylene fibres to control shrinkage and improve the flexural strength of the finish.

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