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Welcome to our large fine paint plaster test 2022. Here we present all the fine paint plasters that we have tested in detail. We would like to make it easier for you to make a purchase decision and help you to find the best paint plaster for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy fine paint plaster.




Summary

  • The fine paint plaster with its small grain size is suitable for designing and embellishing wall and ceiling surfaces of all types of rooms and can be used both indoors and outdoors.
  • The fine paint plaster is easy to apply, even for inexperienced craftsmen there are no difficulties when applying the fine paint plaster. The fine grain of the paint plaster creates a beautiful wall surface texture.
  • Fine paint plaster is available in DIY stores, from specialist dealers or online. Prices vary depending on the type of plaster and manufacturer. Fine paint plaster can be ordered very cheaply from Amazon.

The best Fine Plaster: Our Picks

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying fine coating plaster

Who is paintable plaster suitable for ?

Painting plaster can be used by anyone who is looking for a nice alternative to the classic wall design with wallpaper or paint. Painting plaster gives the walls a special surface structure with or without tinting and a great look in just one work process.

Painting plaster is a beautiful alternative to classic wall design with wallpaper. When plastering, you can let off steam and let your creativity run free. (Image source: 123rf.com / 46749734)

The term "painting plaster" refers to a ready-made plaster that can be applied with various tools and, if necessary, structured. Fine paint plaster creates a uniform wall appearance, creates a great room atmosphere and, depending on its texture, ensures a healthy living climate.

To ensure that the wall picture is coherent, the fine grain size must not exceed 1 mm!

A variety of types of paint plaster with a large selection of binders, additives and tinting colours offer possibilities for individual compositions of the desired paint plaster. Thus, there are no limits to your own creativity.

What types of coating plaster are there?

The factors listed below are important when choosing the right paint plaster. Painting plaster is differentiated according to:

Area of application

Painting plaster is used both outdoors, i.e. on exterior walls and facades, and indoors, i.e. for interior design.

Application method

The paint plaster can be applied with different tools. It can be applied with a brush or tassel. In this case, the plaster is called "brush-on plaster". If the plaster is applied with a roller, it is called "roller plaster". Furthermore, the plaster can also be rubbed onto the wall with the help of a commercial spatula and then structured with a trowel.

In this case, the plaster is called "rubbing plaster". The brush-on plaster can also be sprayed onto the walls using a practical spray gun. Here the plaster is called "spray plaster".

Components

Paintable plasters are available with different binding bases and aggregates. The binding bases and aggregates have an effect on the surface structure of the wall and serve different purposes depending on their properties. A distinction is made between types of coating plaster with mineral, inorganic binding agents such as lime, clay, cement, silicate, gypsum and types of coating plaster with organic binding agents such as synthetic resin.

A further distinguishing feature is the aggregates. Mineral aggregates include: Quartz sand, rock flour, gravel, brick chippings. Organic aggregates include: Straw, animal hair, glass fibre, glass powder. Lightweight aggregates such as vermiculite, foam glass granulate, cork, expanded clay also belong to the aggregates.

Types of plaster Properties Use
Synthetic resin plaster Elastic, resistant, water-repellent Decorative and textured plaster for indoors and outdoors
Lime plaster Alkaline, diffusion-open (mixing possible) Indoors and outdoors, protection against mould
Clay plaster Diffusion-open, moisture-regulating Indoors and outdoors, as top coat or base coat

Grain size

All coating plasters are available in different grain sizes. It is important to note that the yield of the plaster depends on the grain size. The larger the grains, the more plaster is needed. The plasters are available with fine/medium/coarse grain. The grain size also affects the appearance of the wall surface as well as the shading of the walls.

How do I choose the right painting plaster for me?

When choosing the right painting plaster, everyone should be clear about the purpose the painting plaster is to fulfil and the design ideas that are to be realised. The binders and aggregates determine in which area the coating plaster can be used, whether indoors or outdoors.

The required properties, such as protection against mould, moisture regulation or thermal insulation, also depend on the respective binders and aggregates. The size of the grain is decisive for the wall surface structure. The addition of different materials is another way of shaping the surface structure.

Where can fine paint plaster be used?

Fine paint plaster is suitable for designing interiors. Ceilings and walls are coated with fine paint plaster. Basically, fine paint plaster can be used in living rooms, bedrooms and children's rooms. So-called radio rooms and public rooms can also be embellished with fine paint plaster. With fine paint plaster, you bring calm and a noble look to every wall.

Furthermore, fine paint plaster is well suited for application on critical surfaces such as walls with unevenness, cracks and the like.

Painting plaster is a modern way of designing walls. For those who want to create a noble wall look when revamping, fine paint plaster is an option. (Picture source: 123rf.com / 105599162)

How much paint plaster do I need and how much does fine paint plaster cost?

The consumption of painting plaster is calculated depending on the number of square metres of the surface to be painted. The cost of fine paint plaster varies. Depending on the type of plaster used and whether or not deep primer is required, the prices vary.

Type of plaster Prices
Synthetic resin from 15 £ per 10 kg for 2 m² per kilo
Lime 30 to 40 £ per 10 kg for 3 m² per kilo
Clay 10 to 15£ € per 10 kg for 1 to 3 m² per kilo

The deep primer costs between £4 and £8 per m². If you paint twice, the costs for Tiefengrund are twice as high. The depth primer is cheaper if you buy the DIY store's own brand or larger containers.

The plaster and primer should always be matched to each other. More detailed information on the primer can be found in the instructions for use for the respective coating plaster.

The price range also varies depending on the brand of the coating plaster and whether the coating plaster contains admixtures and/or tinting. The synthetic resin plasters with special textures cost between 60 £ and 70 £ for 20 kg.

Clay plaster is available in powder form and is mixed with water. Here, the costs are about 30 £ for a 25 kg bag, which is enough for about 30 to 60 m² of surface, depending on the thickness of the coating. It is possible to leave the plastering to the professionals.

However, you have to reckon with corresponding costs, because labour costs are added to the material costs. The following is an overview of the costs of plastering by professionals:

  • Covering work: approx. 1 £ per m² area
  • Priming the wall: approx. 2.00 £ per m²
  • Applying the plaster: approx. 12 £ per m²
  • Final coat if desired: approx. 3.00 £ per m²

Fine paint plaster is easy to apply and by plastering yourself, you can save the costs of having the plastering done by a professional.

Where can I buy fine paint plaster?

Fine paint plaster can be purchased in various DIY stores, specialist shops and online shops. In DIY stores and specialist shops, you can get personal advice before you buy. When ordering from online shops, your own research and the reviews of other customers form a good basis for the purchase decision.

What alternatives are there to fine paint plaster?

Whether it's a home of one's own or a rented flat, when renovating or moving in, the same question arises every time: "What design will the walls have?" Depending on personal preferences and budget, there are various alternatives to wall design with fine paint plaster. The following is an overview of them.

  • Wallpaper: Wallpaper is the traditional variant of wall design. There are different types of wallpaper, such as woodchip, non-woven, paper, vinyl and glass-fibre wallpaper. Depending on the type and brand of wallpaper, the cost of wallpaper starts at €5 and goes up.
  • Liquid wallpaper or cotton plaster: This type of wallpaper is characterised by properties such as moisture regulation, repair ability, heat insulation and sound absorption. However, the processing is very time-consuming and the workmanship by the craftsmen is relatively expensive at about 30 € per m² with about 20 m² per day.
  • Liquid woodchip: Liquid woodchip is dispersion paint with a woodchip structure. The wood chips contained in the paint conceal slight unevenness in the plaster. A uniform distribution on the wall surface is rather difficult for a layman. The costs for application by a craftsman are about 6 € to 8 € per m² area.
  • Painter's fleece: The painter's fleece is characterised by the following properties: crack-bridging, mechanically resilient, smooth surface, mineral. The costs for painter's fleece are relatively high: about 8 € to 12 € per m² when applied by craftsmen, without painting.
  • Spatula technique: The spatula technique is a noble variant of wall design. As a rule, gypsum filler is applied thinly to the wall. Several layers are required. The spatula technique requires a lot of time and work. The costs when applied by a craftsman are around €12 to €15 per m².
  • BioZell: BioZell is characterised by the following properties: Pure quartz, mineral, open to vapour diffusion, available in fine/medium/coarse/texture. BioZell is applied by spraying and is inexpensive: from about 10 € per m² with first coat plus VAT.

Each of the alternatives has its advantages and disadvantages. Wall design with fine paint plaster is characterised by its easy handling. The fine grain size allows numerous application possibilities to create different murals.

Numerous creative wall structures can be created with fine-grain plaster. (Image source: 123rf.com / 39227324)

Adding other materials creates individual wall designs. Depending on the binder and aggregates, the fine paint plaster has various properties such as moisture regulation, thermal insulation or prevention of mould infestation.

Decision: What types of coating plaster are there and which coating plaster is right for you?

What are the characteristics of fine-grain coating plaster and what are its advantages?

The fine-grained coating plaster is available as a white, ready-to-use fine plaster or, depending on the binder, as a powder for mixing. The fine coating plaster can be tinted as desired. Fine coating plaster is suitable for interior use on walls and ceilings. It adheres to all interior plasters, concrete, gypsum, gypsum plasterboards and to firmly adhering, matt old dispersion-based paints.

Advantages
  • Noble, modern look
  • Easy to apply
  • Adheres to ceilings and walls
Disadvantages
  • Less sawn-out structure
  • Less vivid wall appearance
  • Only conditional 5% tinting possible

The fine-grained brush-on plaster is available in 10 kg or 20 kg containers. Depending on the layer density and the type of substrate, 1 kg of this paint plaster is sufficient for about 1.2 m². The fine-grained paint plaster is very easy to apply and is simply applied with a paint roller/brush or tassel.

Afterwards, the fine brush-on plaster can be wonderfully structured with different tools such as a spatula, brush, foam roller, pea hole roller or deep base brush. Fine structures are created with this brush-on plaster. The wall look appears noble and modern. The room appears calmer.

What distinguishes medium-grain paint plaster and what are its advantages?

If you want to create a wall surface texture with a medium-grained appearance, medium-grain paint plaster is just right for this. The medium-grain brush-on plaster is available as a ready-to-use plaster or, depending on the binder, as a powder for mixing. The application of the medium-grain coating plaster is simple. The plaster is applied with a paint roller. Different textures can be created with suitable tools.

Advantages
  • Versatile structuring possible
  • Lively wall appearance
  • High covering power
  • Breathable
Disadvantages
  • Distinctive structure
  • Less productive
  • Only conditional 5% tinting possible

The medium-grain brush-on plaster can be applied to walls and ceilings and adheres to all interior plasters, concrete, gypsum, gypsum plasterboard and to firmly adhering, matt, dispersion-based old coats.

Medium-grain brush-on plaster is available in 10 kg or 20 kg containers. Depending on the layer density and type of substrate, 1 kg of the coating plaster is sufficient for about 1.5 m².

What are the characteristics and advantages of coarse-grained paint plaster?

Coarse-grained paint plaster is used to create highly distinctive wall surface structures. Coarse-grained paint plaster looks particularly good in rustic rooms. It is available as a ready-to-use plaster or, depending on the binder, as a powder for mixing.

Coarse-grained paint plaster is suitable for designing the wall and ceiling surfaces of interiors. The coarse-grained brush-on plaster adheres to all interior plasters, concrete, gypsum, gypsum plasterboards and to firmly adhering, matt old dispersion-based paints.

Advantages
  • Versatile structuring possible
  • Lively wall appearance
  • High covering power
Disadvantages
  • Strongly pronounced structure
  • Less productive
  • Only conditional 5% tinting possible

The coarse-grained brush-on plaster is available in 10 kg or 20 kg containers. Depending on the layer density and the type of substrate, 1 kg of the coating plaster is sufficient for about 1.5 m². Coarse-grained plaster is easy to handle.

It is applied with a paint roller, just like the fine-grained or medium-grained paint plaster. Afterwards, the coarse-grained coating plaster can also be structured with different tools to give the wall surface an individual design.

Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate fine coating plasters

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many possible coating plasters. The criteria described below are decisive for the decision to buy a coating plaster:

  • Type
  • Area of application
  • Substrate
  • Grain size
  • Binding Bases
  • Yield

Type

The many types of plaster available on the market are basically differentiated according to binders and additives. In addition, the different types of plaster are differentiated according to:

Plaster thickness

Here, a distinction is first made between thick-layer plaster and thin-layer plaster. Other plaster thicknesses are: Spray plaster, bonding bridge, undercoat plaster, base plaster, finishing plaster and plaster base.

Plaster components

A further distinguishing feature are the components of the coating plaster. There are a variety of these: lime plaster, light plaster, air-lime plaster, sump lime plaster, lime-cement plaster, cement plaster, clay plaster, gypsum plaster, gypsum-lime plaster, cotton plaster, plastic plaster, silicone resin plaster.

Wall design

The surface can also be designed in different ways. There are many types of plaster for this: roughcast, roughcast, scratched plaster, textured plaster, coloured stone plaster, whitewash plaster, welded plaster, decorative plaster, modelling plaster, grooved plaster, rustic plaster, disc plaster, natural stone plaster, mosaic plaster.

Plastering technique

The plaster can be applied with different techniques. These include: Rubbing plaster, felt plaster, smooth plaster, trowel plaster, roller plaster, brush-on plaster.

There are many different techniques for applying plaster to walls. (Picture source: 123rf.com / 45298202)

Plaster functions

Various types of plaster serve different functions. The following plaster functions are available: Insulating plaster, noble plaster, sacrificial plaster, barrier plaster, renovation plaster, compress plaster, moisture storage plaster, silicate plaster, wall plaster, plinth plaster.

Area of application

Painting plasters can be used indoors and outdoors. Indoors, all rooms are suitable. Fine paint plaster can also be used in functional rooms and public spaces.

Substrate

There are various types of substrates. Each type of surface has its own characteristics and therefore requires appropriate pre-treatment. The following is a list of some types of surface:

Old coat of paint

The old paint is checked for its strength by means of adhesive tape and the paint is checked for its water resistance by moistening a small area. If the old paint crumbles and smears, it must be removed. Waterproof, firmly adhering coats of paint are roughened vigorously with a wire brush.

Old wallpaper

In most cases, wallpaper, especially heavily textured wallpaper, is unsuitable as a substrate for paint plasters. Some manufacturers offer special light plasters that adhere to old wallpaper after prior priming.

To plaster over old wallpaper, you should use a special primer underneath so that the paint plaster adheres. (Image source: 123rf.com / 39226149)

Concrete

When using concrete as a substrate, it should be noted that a back skin often forms on the concrete wall. The sintered skin must be removed before plastering with the help of a sandblaster or steel broom. Priming the concrete substrate is recommended.

Tile

To level the fleisenobe surface, first fill the joints. Special adhesive primer is available to ensure that the plaster sticks.

Steel

With steel it is good to know that the plaster reacts with steel. Therefore, a plaster base is also needed for steel substrates. Building material made of steel can be covered with plasterboard.

OSB, wood and chipboard

Wood is unsuitable as a plaster base. In this case, an additional plaster base is required.

Wood wool lightweight boards

For substrates made of wood-wool lightweight boards, a full-covering spray coat is necessary.

Grain sizes

There are 3 different grain sizes: fine/medium/coarse. Each grain size has its advantages, but also its disadvantages. The type of grit you choose depends on the surface texture you want to create and the area or rooms in which you want to apply the coating plaster.

Depending on the type of surface texture you are aiming for, certain types of grit will perform differently. (Image source: 123rf.com / 87401084)

Binding bases

When choosing binding bases, it is important to consider what properties are expected from the coating plaster. The surface structure can be influenced by using different binding bases for the coating plaster.

Yield

The yield of the plaster determines how much plaster is needed. The grain size is essential for the yield of the coating plaster. The larger the grain, the lower the yield of the plaster. In addition, different substrate materials absorb the plaster differently.

Facts worth knowing about the topic of fine paint plaster

How do I apply the fine paint plaster?

The wall surface to which the fine brush-on plaster is applied must be prepared accordingly. The plaster base must be dry, firm and load-bearing.

Before plastering can begin, the substrate must first be prepared.

There are four ways to determine whether the surface is suitable as a plaster base:

  1. Look If you look closely, you will see cracks, loose parts, dirt or mould. The surface must be cleaned or pre-treated accordingly.
  2. Check if the wall is chalking Scratch the wall surface with a pointed object and wipe it with the palm of your hand. If nothing sticks, the wall is not chalking.
  3. Check if the wall is clean Put a strip of tape on the wall and pull it off with a jerk. If nothing sticks to the tape, the wall surface is clean. Otherwise, clean the wall with a hard broom or sandblaster.
  4. Check whether the wall is absorbent Lightly moisten the wall surface with water. If the drops remain, the surface is not absorbent. Slow absorption of the water is an indication of a normally absorbent substrate. Rapid absorption of the water is a sign of a highly absorbent substrate.

The absorbency of the substrate is decisive for the choice of primer. For highly absorbent substrates, bonding emulsion is needed. Normally absorbent substrates can manage with depth primer. The application of the coating plaster works as follows:

With a little practice, the application of the paint plaster is easy. Careful surface preparation and the correct use of painting tools are essential here. (Image source: 123rf.com /48553508)
  1. Cover the direct working area with foil: Mask all adjacent mouldings and frames with tape. If possible, remove socket and light switch coverings.
  2. Prepare the substrate: The substrate must be non-absorbent, chalky and uneven. Use filler, sandpaper, white plaster primer and depth primer to create a load-bearing surface with uniform, light colouring and even absorption.
  3. If the plaster is not a ready-mix, mix the plaster with water. Stir well to achieve a uniform consistency.
  4. Before applying the paint plaster, test different decors/patterns with a brush or tassel on a test surface.
  5. Apply the plaster with a large brush or tassel to the primed wall evenly, in sections and always from top to bottom. Follow the same principle when applying with a roller.

The plaster is always applied in sections from top to bottom. Make sure to let each section blend wetly into the next. Stick to the same painting tool, otherwise you will get different textures.

What tools do I need to apply fine plaster?

If you decide to do the plastering yourself, you will need the appropriate materials and tools. Here we list the tools you need to apply fine plaster yourself.

Materials Tools
Adhesive tape Spatula
Foil Trowel
Filler Brush or roller
Deep penetrating primer Oscillating loop
White plaster primer Vacuum cleaner or plastering tools
Sandpaper Drill with stirrer (only for self-mixing)
Painting plaster Large brush or trowel
Possibly tinting powder -

Please use only stainless steel tools and clean the tools immediately after use.

What are the most common mistakes that can occur when plastering?

Mistake 1: The substrate has not been thoroughly prepared.

The following applies: The substrate must be clean, dry and smooth. This means removing unevenness, closing/reinforcing cracks and holes and removing mould/dirt.

Mistake 2: The applied plaster is harder than its substrate.

The basic rule is: " Always apply soft plaster layer on top of hard plaster layer." For example, plaster is softer than cement. The exact information on plaster hardness is given by manufacturers and can be found on technical data sheets.

Mistake 3: Plastering at sub-zero temperatures.

Plastering in cold temperatures should be avoided, because plaster does not set well in sub-zero temperatures.

If the temperature is too cold, the plaster does not bond well to the substrate. (Image source: 123rf.com / 50220945)

Mistake 4: The plaster becomes damp during transport or storage.

It is better not to use plasters that have become damp, as they have lost quality and the working time and setting time are significantly longer.

Mistake 5: The coating tools are used incorrectly.

The use of painting tools needs to be practised. The tools must be guided correctly and the coating direction must be correct.

Fault 6: Difficult areas such as corners, soffits and window sills as well as around sanitary and electrical installations have not been plastered properly.

Draughts can get through unhindered in such places, which can result in higher heating costs and moisture and mould damage.

Image source: 123rf.com / 44220074

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