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List of Plastering Tools

If you’re renovating a property or simply refurbishing a room or two, then you may be interested in plastering to give the ideal finish to your walls and ceiling. Of course, if you have the right tools for the job, achieving that smooth finish should be a snap.

However, many people are uncertain as to the basic tools they need. Like any other DIY job, the key to success is being thoroughly prepared – you don’t want to discover halfway through the job that you’re missing a vital piece of equipment.

What follows is the list of tools that will enable you to create that enviable plaster finish in your home, whether you’re renovating old plaster or skimming over plasterboard. You can buy them all from a reputable online supplier like and start your next plastering job knowing you have everything you need to complete it.

The Hawk

This is what you’ll use to hold the mixed plaster while you apply it with the trowel. The hawk is held in one hand and the trowel in the other, and it is the professional tool for the job. Make sure you buy one that is comfortable in the hand and doesn’t strain the wrist.

The Trowel

This is the key tool of the trade, and mastering this rectangular implement will help you to create a smooth and even finish. Look for a hardened and tempered steel blade, and if your budget stretches that far, consider buying a trowel that has already been worn in. You can also invest in a bucket trowel to scoop up plaster from the bucket on to the hawk and a corner trowel to create perfect corners. Though you can finish with a trowel, a plastering float makes short work of creating a fabulous finish.

A Good-Quality Knife

You’ll be surprised how often you use this – to widen cracks and holes for repair, to cut tape and cut plasterboard. Add a pair of tin snips for making short work of cutting plaster bead accurately and neatly.

Spirit Level

For that perfectly even finish, nothing beats a spirit level. Use it when the plaster has been smoothed down but is not quite set in order to get the definitive finish.

Water Brush or Spray Bottle

When you’re polishing the plaster to create the perfect surface for painting, it helps to keep the wall wet to give the trowel some lubrication. You can flick the wall with water from a paintbrush or, for a more consistent level of dampness, spray using the type of bottle you use to mist indoor plants.


Because you’re unlikely to get your plaster perfectly smooth, you’ll need a good-quality sandpaper to get things perfectly level. If using a sander, ensure it has a dust bag as plaster dust remains in the atmosphere for a surprisingly long time.

A Bucket

The humble bucket is a key piece of any plasterer’s kit. Use one to mix up your plaster and another to rinse your trowel between applications of plaster.

Plaster-Mixing Accessory

The best way to mix plaster to the right consistency is with a mixing bit for a power drill. This makes short work of getting the plaster smooth and workable.

A Stepladder

You might not need a stepladder for every job, but if you’re working on a ceiling or a high wall, then it’s absolutely invaluable!