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Differences Between Solid Plastering, And Dry Lining Plastering

What is Plastering?

Plastering is a process that is used to provide a fine texture and finish to a coarse wall or ceiling of any building prior to painting and decoration.

When it comes to covering surfaces, solid plastering is the most preferred technique which is used to ensure that a finish is created to make the surface suitable for painting. It is done to protect the surface of the walls from weathering. It is suitable for both interiors as well as exterior walls. Fibrous lining, on the other hand, takes place indoors and mainly used for decorative purposes. It is a fibrous composed of plaster which is laid upon a backing of canvas stretched on wood. It is chiefly used for sheeting, cornice molding, and cover strips. Last but not the least dry lining plastering uses sheets of plasterboard which are stuck against walls with dabs of adhesive leaving a small cavity between the block work and board. This cavity wastes a lot of space and makes the house difficult to seal. Construction worker prefers dry lining over wet lining as it removes the problem of hairline cracking and there is no need to wait for it to dry.

Solid Plastering
Solid Plastering

Out of these solid plastering is one of the best techniques you can apply to give your walls a fresh and new look. The plaster is applied such that the walls are completely sealed and remain waterproof all the time.

Advantages of Using Solid Plastering:

  • Acoustic benefits: If your house has a music room it can be a good option for soundproofing.
  • Decorative benefits: You can decorate the interior walls of your house with such type of plastering.
  • Weatherproofing,
  • Fire resistance,
  • Smooth surface,
  • Durable: has a longer lifespan
  • Takes less time to finish compared to dry walls;

Dry Lining Plastering

Dry lining has been gaining popularity over the past 20 years in which a basic timber framework is being erected and then a sheet of plasterboard is cut to fit and nailed in place typically used for internal walls of homes, offices, and shops.


  • Quick and more efficient. 
  • Hides pipes and wires behind the walls without damaging the beauty.
  • The cavity behind the walls makes them a good insulator and makes them warm and cozy.
  • Good Acoustics.
  • It smoothens, uneven walls at the time of renovation.
  • Decoration made easier.

Steps for Solid Plastering:

  1. Lath must be secured to the framing which gives the plaster something to hold on to
  2. Plaster compound is mixed with water which needs to be done in right consistency for  good results
  3. First coat of plaster is applied, scratched and left to dry
  4. Number of coats are applied which makes the walls thicker and soundproof and the gypsum used also has fire resistant properties

Steps for Successful Dry Lining:

  1. Choose the right plasterboard and adhesive: Foam backed, moisture resistant plasterboard is a good option and adhesive should have a label of suitable for plasterboard on it.
  2. Cut the boards to the right size and use a sharp craft knife to cleanly cut through the board.
  3. Mixing plaster properly in a clean bucket and follow the instructions on the adhesive packaging.
  4. A paint scraper is a good tool used for applying the compound to your wall, neatness is not needed here.
  5. After the adhesive is applied to position your plasterboard and be very careful while setting the first piece and take some time to make sure the plasterboard is leveled. We can continue with the rest of the pieces carefully.

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