It is one thing to add those finishing touches at the end of a construction project. Even more, it is another thing to get it done precisely. To get that smooth external finish on those corners, the go-to methods include galvanized metal or plastic corner beading. Today, it is all about plastic corner beading.

For some, it feels like quite an impossible feat to get it done without making a mess. But, using the right technique makes anything possible. With that in mind, let’s get down and dirty as we explore how to install plaster beading without making a mess.


Required tools

Before you get started on your DIY project that involves plastering walls, there are certain tools needed. Remember, a workman is only as good as his tools. So, here is what you need:

  • Trowels (Window, Finishing, Corner)
  • Mortar stand
  • Snips
  • Mixer drill
  • Hawk
  • Plasterers float
  • Mixing bucket
  • Drywall knife
  • Spot board


Installing the Plaster Beading

Now that you have all your tools, it is time to get cracking. With these few steps, you can finally get that smooth and sturdy corner.


1. Mix your plaster.

This is where your mixing bucket comes into play. Pour some water into the bucket, then proceed to pour some plaster into the water. As a rule of thumb a 50/50 ratio is a good way to go.

Do not pour it all in, simply let it sit in a heap of water then let it gradually sink. You can either use a mixer drill or a stick to mix it evenly making sure to dissolve any lumps. Continue to pour and mix till you get the right consistency.

The next step is to apply moisture to your spot board, then apply some plaster to it.


2. Get your hawk ready.

Use your trowel to scoop up some of the plaster, then slather it around on your hawk.


3. Add your bond.

At this point evenly apply the bond to the exterior surface of the corner you are trying to smooth out. For better results, it is advisable to slather on an inch of bond at a time.


4. Nail the bead in.

Using drywall nails, fasten the beading into place. It makes it a bit easier if you tap on it till it sits correctly. To be sure of it’s stability, use a level to ensure that it is sitting vertically or horizontally. Continue tapping on it till it is perfectly levelled.


5. Apply the plaster.

Use your drywall knife to rub in the first coat of plaster, ensure that it is thin and even. This is a better option since it can get into the crevices of raised points of the bead. It is equally a good idea to start by filling the tapered seam of the beading. This ensures that the end result comes out a lot smoother. Using your level, check how vertically or horizontally stable your near-finished work is.

Once that is done, you can use your trowel to take off any excess plaster. Simply using your fingers to wipe off any plaster on the beading will suffice once you’re done.

By Lisa Baker, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Lisa Baker is the owner of Need to See it Publishing Group, providing contract news for business and news sites across the UK. Lisa is an experienced HR writer and commentator, editing HR publications for more than 5 years.