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Installing one and two coat veneer plaster systems

Feb 15, 2024

Step-by-step instructions on how to install Gold Bond Kal-Kore Plaster Base and veneer plaster systems


Veneer plaster systems consist of a gypsum lath with a special, highly absorptive paper surface covered with one or two coats of thinly troweled, special-purpose plaster. Veneer plaster is ideal for all types of partition and ceiling constructions, including wood framing, steel framing, and furring and masonry. The overall application of a veneer plaster is faster and easier than conventional plaster, making it a popular choice for modern construction projects.

In this video, you’ll learn how to install Gold Bond® Kal-Kore® Plaster Base and apply one- and two-coat veneer plaster systems with products manufactured by Gold Bond Building Products.


Materials needed:

  • Kal-Kore Plaster Base
  • Tape Measure
  • T-Square
  • Utility Knife
  • Bugle Head Drywall Screws
  • Drill or Driver
  • Rotary Tool or Keyhole Saw
  • Kal-Mesh® Veneer Plaster Tape
  • 1/4” or 5/16” Staples
  • Stapler
  • Veneer Plaster
  • Mixing Drum
  • Mixing Arm Drill Attachment
  • Trowel
  • Hawk
  • Finishing Brushes
  • Float (Textured Finish)

Steps for installation:

  1. Inspect wall framing for defects or issues.
  2. Measure framing spacing to determine the right plaster base length; measure and mark location of all receptacles.
  3. Mark, score and snap plaster base according to measurements.
  4. Apply plaster base to wall starting in upper corner.
  5. Fasten plaster base to framing using bugle head drywall screws.
  6. Install remaining plaster base with ends in light contact and staggering end joints.
  7. Cut for receptacles.
  8. Tape joints and angles using Kal-Mesh Veneer Plaster Tape.
  9. Mix plaster according to instructions on bag.
  10. Begin to apply plaster by pretreating all joints with Kal-Kote® Basecoat Plaster, Uni-Kal® Veneer Plaster or X-KALibur® Extended Set Veneer Plaster. Then follow detailed instructions provided in video for one-coat or two-coat systems.

For more information, visit the plaster resources section of our website or contact 1-800-NATIONAL® Construction Services team.

National Gypsum Company is the exclusive service provider for products manufactured by Gold Bond Building Products, LLC.