Frequently Asked Questions

Q : Do you reccommend patching?


A : In most cases i reccommend re-doing the entire wall to produce a uniform finish, Patching the wall is great but remember that it has been done seperate thus meaning its hard to match up to the previous plaster perfectly.

Q : How long do I have to wait before I can paint my new plaster ?

A : This depends on what time of year the plastering is completed.You should wait at least seven days or when the plaster has changed colour from a dark brown to a light pink as winter months may prolong the drying process.


Q : Do I have to remove the wallpaper before the walls are plastered ?

A : Yes, all wallpaper should be removed to ensure proper adhesion of the new plaster.

Q : After removing the wallpaper I noticed the walls are cracked, do they need re plastering ?

A : Not necessarily, it would depend on the level of damage. In some cases they can be filled with a suitable filler, but to achieve a uniform finish, the walls should be replastered.

Q : I have had a water leak causing the ceiling to sag, should the ceiling be totally re plastered ?

A : In most cases the ceiling should be totally re placed and re plastered to achieve a professional finish.

Q : Can I plaster over Artex ?

A : Artex can be covered over but requires a thicker application of plaster..

Q : What do I have to do to prepare my room/work area before the plasterers arrival ?

A : All areas to be worked on should have all the furniture and fittings removed to enable a hazardous free enviroment. Plastering is a dusty trade, so the more you can remove from the room the cleaner we can keep your belongings.

Q : Do I need to remove my carpet ?

A : No, I carry many dust sheets to suit all occasions. i aim to make sure the carpets and the rest of the room is as clean as i found it.

Q : Will there be any dust ?

A : Yes, dust may be quite heavy at times, depending upon the type of work taking place. This being said every precaution is taken to minimuse the amount of dust present.

Dust is a normal part of the plastering process and should be seriously considered by the building owner before commencement of the work.

Q : What will Viking Plastering require onsite ?

A : Generally, I will require clean water to mix materials, electricity and an area set aside where materials can be mixed, being a wet trade, the mixing area can get quite messy.

Also, adequate ventilation and parking for my vehicle.


Q : I just want some coving fitted – would you do this ?

A : Yes, of course. We supply and install all types of plaster coving.

Q : Do you charge by the square metre ?

A : No, as every job is different and requires different levels of preparation and varying amounts and types of materials to ensure a quality finish.

Plaster has to be worked to a flat finish over a course of around 2 - 4 hours so small areas can take the same time as a larger area. For larger jobs, daily rates are offered.