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25-01-2009, 02:15 PM
I found a guide for level 0 to level 5 taping finishes.


25-01-2009, 02:27 PM
I found a guide for level 0 to level 5 taping finishes and I thought this would be a good place to share the file.

It is JP, and it's a useful piece of information. Thanks for taking the time to upload your file.

27-02-2009, 08:18 PM
It's the first time I've noticed this thread just what I was searching for. :fing02:

12-03-2009, 02:29 PM
This is a good guide even though its not standard practice to use this in Europe. We bring it upto level 4 standard, unless specified, as this seems to be the finish painters expect just about everywhere.
Can I ask what percentage extra you would charge for skim coating every thing with joint cement and bring it up to a level 5, or a price per square metre?

12-03-2009, 08:22 PM
I've wondered this, but surely you'd just have it skimmed? Drywall is too soft compared to plaster skim.

13-03-2009, 03:21 PM
I agree a plaster skim is tougher. Excuse me, WhatI meant to ask was square metre price for a spray finish as the guys over in the states do it, like a knockdown or popcorn effect?

16-06-2009, 12:36 PM
is anything like this available in the uk? http://www.levelcoat.com/

21-06-2009, 10:22 PM
You will need a fair size airless sprayer to get the compound on the surface and reviews Ive read on a couple of US forums say its top quality and probably the best available. Far better than other surface primers or spraying on regular joint compound and on tidy taping jobs you may not even need to sand. :fing02:

Like Johnk, Im puzzled where to buy it in the UK but it seems I cant. :(

22-06-2009, 05:23 PM
Been trying to get this finish off the ground here in the UK for ages - a few contractors already doing the full level 5 and few just spraying the joint cement to a good enough finish to have just one top coat for a finish.

You can see the full system here: http://europe.usg.com/index.php?id=2478

The material used is called pro spray but we have successfully used plus 3 ready mixed joint cement and many others, but the key to the system is the tuff hyde and we have yet to find a better quality surface finisher and hardener than the tuff hyde - we sell good amounts now to local contractors using it as a alternative to drywall priner because of the quality of the finish - but when sprayed it looks amazing real crisp nice plaster like surface.

One of the biggest bonuses over plaster is less shrinkage and less prone to cracking - a level 5 joint cement finsih will last alot longer tahn a freshly skimmed wall when it comes to shrinkage, especially when building timber frame which has become ever more poular in the affordable housing sector.

The thing is with this system it can even work out cheaper than plastering or jointing as you spray the first coat of paint and often it only needs one coat.

Not sure why more contractors arnt using system, but maybe it;s down to advertising and traditions stopping people trying new things!

The sprayer needed is either amark 5 graco or an airlessco sl1500 or bigger but these two are suited perfectly for the job of joint cement application we sell both here:http://www.belmoretools.co.uk/acatalog/Spray_Machines.html

Happy to answer as many q's as i can on the system - we have sucessfully used it ourselves and were lucky enouugh to trial it on a property we built and sold through the company.

If enough people interested would be happy to put on display day in our demo area.

Let me know - Cheers

23-06-2009, 07:39 PM
No mention of the 3 or 5 days training course costs at the USG site, that can only mean dig deep into your pocket lads.... surely?
Interested to hear if anyone else hosts a level 5 finishing course this side of the pond? BG perhaps?