11 Tools You Need to Know About Before Starting Plastering

Though plastering has been around for millennia, its tools have mostly remained the same and have only been modified slightly. This essentially has to do with the fact that plastering is a simple activity that anyone can master and perform wonderfully, provided they spend enough time learning and practicing it. And one of the first things you need to know about on your plastering journey is the tools used to plaster a wall. Below, we look at eleven tools you will use for plastering.


This is one of the most important tools you will ever use. After the wall has been plastered, the surface will not be as smooth as you would expect. And this is where a trowel is used. Take the tool and slowly run along the surface of the plaster several times until you are satisfied with the smoothness of the surface. Make sure that the trowel surface is clean before you use it. Else, you might not get the uniform, smooth finish you are looking for.

Mixer Drill

When mixing small quantities of plaster, a paddle is generally used. But in case you often use a large amount of plaster during the mixing process, you will need a mixer drill. By using this tool, you can get a plaster that is super smooth.


While plastering a wall, the plaster has to be carried to the wall. And the tool used for this is called a hawk, which is basically a rectangular surface attached to a holder. In addition, they also offer a big advantage in the sense that you can pick up more drywall compound with every scooping move that you make.

Mud Pan

While the hawk is mostly used by experience plasterers, the less experienced ones use a tool called a mud pan. In comparison to the hawk, a mud pan uses more time while involving more work. So, what is the benefit for the newbie? You won’t be spilling around the material with a mud pan as often as you do with a hawk.

Jointing Knife

Sometimes, you will come across tight spaces on a wall that usual tools cannot reach. These can include the corner areas, edges, and so on. The only tool that can significantly help plaster such tight areas is the jointing knife. There are many sizes of jointing knifes available in the market. In addition, if you are unable to plaster a tough-to-reach angled area, then an angled jointing knife will help you accomplish the task of plastering that area.

Splash Brush

As the name suggests, this is a tool that is used to splash some water onto the fresh coat of plaster. By splashing the water, the surface is dampened a bit. As a result, it becomes much easier for a plasterer to smooth out the surface and remove the imperfections from it.

Plasterer’s Beads

Many a time, you may be confused as to how to plaster a specific surface accurately and efficiently. It is in such conditions that you use a plasterer’s beads. They are normally used as a guide when you are trying to create corners, edges, and flat surfaces. The tool is not to be used on dry walls. Instead, the beads should only be used while creating plastered surfaces


Two types of sandpaper are generally used for plastering – coarse grit and finer grit ones. When you are trying to smoothen large, uneven surfaces, then a coarse grit sandpaper is used to do the job. In contrast, when you want to add the last bit of polish to the surface, the finer grit sandpaper is used on the surface.

Bucket Trowel

Shaped like a small spade, a bucket trowel is mostly used to scoop the plaster from a bucket and load it up on the hawk. Without a bucket trowel, transferring the plaster will be an uncomfortable and messy process.


A scarifier basically looks like a big, long comb, and is often used when creating a second coat of plaster. Its function is to prepare the surface for the additional layers of plaster. But the tool is not used for plastering drywall surfaces.

Plastering Mesh

A plastering mesh is more of a protective solution. When a surface has been plastered, these meshes are placed on top and are affixed to the surface. This does two things. Firstly, it increases the mechanical strength of the newly plastered surface. Secondly, it also prevents the plaster layer from cracking.  Once you master the art of using plastering mesh, you will understand what a critical role it plays in strengthening the plastered layer. No wonder it is also used as a reinforcing material on the building foundations.

In addition to the above, many other tools like lath, straightedge, ladder, knife, sponge etc. are all used to plaster the wall to perfection.

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