Plastering Question


hi is ok to skim if the plasterboad is not the right side with pva on it

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The white side of the plasterboard is the side that should be plastered this side is designed with tiny holes in the board which creates a key for the plaster another reason why boards should not be left for long periods of time on walls with no plaster on as they gather dust in these holes which again effects the adhesion of the skim coat. If you wet the brown(paper) side of the board for one you are weakening the board and if you plaster this side it is likely that when the paper is wet it will peel off the board and take the plaster with it and Ive seen it happen many times before it does clearly state on the paper side to plaster other side for this very reason

Answered 25th Feb 2011

Bayley Property Services

Member since 21 Nov 2010

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At one time the plasterboard was all brown faced to be plastered. The reason they changed to the ivory faced plasterboard to be skimmed, was because on the brown side the paper join can lift when plastered. It shouldn't do and you've no reason to use any PVA, because all plasterboard is a low suction background. Just make sure you scrim tape all the joins of the plasterboards before plastering.

Answered 27th Feb 2011

Alchemy Plastering

Member since 21 Mar 2010

Hi there, either side of the plasterboard is fine to plaster on and if you've put pva on aswell even better.

Answered 25th Feb 2011

DLG Decorating & Property

Member since 7 Dec 2008

It does say on the brown side "PLASTER OTHER SIDE", I wouldnt PVA or wet it, you may find when you start to plaster it the brown paper divorces its self and you will end up with lumps...if you cant unscrew the board and turn it around you will just have to plaster it and hope for the best....

Answered 26th Feb 2011

ABM plastering

Member since 21 Feb 2011

yes its ok. just make sure you use skrim on the joints.
the only difference is the paper overlapps on the back

Answered 25th Feb 2011

northview property mainenance

Member since 13 Sep 2010

It is ok to skim either side of plaster board, ivory is slightly smoother than brown side, better for decorating on.
Google Lafarge or ring them direct, they will tell you the same.

Answered 25th Feb 2011


Member since 29 Oct 2008

hi .the white site of plasterboard has a beveled edge this for dry lining you can paint onto. the grey side is for can use multi-finnish or board finnish.and tape all need to p.v.a.reguards gary

Answered 27th Feb 2011

G.B Bathrooms U.K

Member since 27 Nov 2009

Its ok to skim either side but you may find the paper joint may come away ,and it takes a bit more trowel to get a good finish.
I have turned up to jobs over the years where the tacker boarded upside down instead of getting in removed ,scrim along the paper joint and skim ,

Answered 28th Feb 2011

DPF Plastering & Screeding

Member since 26 May 2010

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