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A brief guide to remove and reline new GIB plaster board

Author: Glen Hunter
by Glen Hunter
Posted: Jun 20, 2017

If you are thinking of giving a new and amazing to your home interior walls, it is best to remove the old wall linings and reline new GIB plaster board. It doesn’t matter whether you are wallpapering or painting your walls, relining will help you achieve a top-quality and fantastic finish. Here’s a simple and brief guide to Remove and Reline new GIB plaster board. This guide covers preparing the room, removal of old linings, fixing new linings, plastering, sanding and so on.

First, let’s understand, why relining is a good idea?

Removing old linings and replacing them with new GIB plasterboard is an easy job. As a result, you don’t need to spend hours of hard labour in stripping back the old wallpaper, patching and preparing the area for a fresh coat of paint.

Furthermore, relining dated walls gives you a chance to look out for unseen issues that may occur behind the walls. For example, dampness on walls can affect the health of your house. If there was no insulated fitted in your home previously, you can do it during the process of relining. You can even add new power points or reposition the previous ones. More than this, it will give your room a completely fresh look.

Preparing the room and removing wall linings

Before you begin the room preparation and removing wall linings, make sure to learn what tools and safety gear is required. A room that is prepared properly will indeed help in achieving the best outcomes. The removal of old linings may take a half or full day based on the size or condition of the room. Pull off the scotia and skirting before removing the old wall linings. The simplest way to do this is using a hammer and a pinch bar. When you have done this, cover the floor surfaces such as carpet, so that they don’t get damaged while you are doing the task.

Removal of old linings is pretty easy. However, you just need to be careful of power cables and pipes, to any sort of accident. Use a hammer to make a hole in, the board and then reach into the hole and start to remove it. In most cases, linings usually come away in big, so you need not spend much time on this task. When you have finally removed all the previous linings, check the framing and take off any old nails, screws, clouts, or glue daubs.

Fitting the insulation

When previous wall linings are removed you get an advantage of installing insulation in your house, if you haven’t done so before. You can install or move the power points. This may require you to take the help of an experienced electrician to reposition any switches and power points. You may also think of installing some thermal or noise control insulation. Fitting thermal insulation in any wall will have a great impact on retaining heat in winter as well as keeping your house cool in summer. Insulating Noise control is perfect in those areas where you want to minimize the amount of sound being transferred, like a bedroom or between a hallway.

Cutting the GIB Plasterboard

First, make sure to choose the right GIB Plasterboard as it an important step of the task. You can easily find a wide range of GIB Plasterboard in the market. The most commonly used us GIB Standard Plasterboard, it provides a denser core and a special Pear coat technology paper which helps to create a superior-looking finish. For wet areas like laundries, bathrooms and kitchens GIB aqua line is the ideal option, as it has a wax polymer core that is resistant to water. Other than this, GIB braceline, GIB fyreline and GIB toughline are available for specific needs and special systems.

When it comes to cutting the GIB plasterboard, measure the sheet at least twice and then, carefully mark where it needs to be cut. After this, use a sharp and straight edge utility knife to score through the paper as well as the core on the sheet’s face side. Use a fast movement to break the sheet and snap it along the score line. Then, complete the cut by running the knife through the back paper of the sheet. If you need to cut a plaster board sheet for openings like switch box or an electrical outlet. First mark the hole in the sheet by using appropriate measurements and then use a keyhole saw to cut it out.

Installation of GIB plaster board

For installation of GIB Plaster board you will need GIBFix One glue and GIB nails or GIB screws. Depending on the size of your room, the installation of the GIB plaster board will usually take around half a day. Always make sure to have someone to help you in lifting the top sheet. Apply GIBFix One at a distance of 300mm to repair the surfaces in the centre of the sheet. For the areas around the edges of the centres use screws or nails. The daubs of glue must be about 35mm in diameter.

Never apply glue on the edges of the sheet. When the glue is finally applied, then place a few off-cuts of plasterboard on the floor at the base of the wall, this will keep the plaster board sheets off the floor at about 10mm. Now hold the lower sheet in place against the studs and pat it with your hands over the studs with glue daubs. After this, you may fix the screws and put them at 300mm centres around the edge of every sheet.

When it comes to installation of the top sheet, it may be a very difficult job. But when there are two people it becomes a very simple job.

Plastering GIB plasterboard

Stopping GIB Plaster board is a skill that is mastered over years of practice. It is generally carried out by professional and highly skilled tradesmen. However, if you feel that you have a good skill, you should be able to achieve a great finish. If not then, you can get in touch with GIB stoppers in Auckland and follow the professional tips.

Sanding GIB plasterboard and skirting boards

Sanding of GIB Plasterboard is a separate part of the project and it should be treated very carefully to get the desired result. You will require a 220 or finer grit sandpaper installed in a sanding block, to get a smooth surface for painting. Make sure to wear a dust mask, during this process. While sanding the compound, sand in the same direction as the joint and taking extra care not to scuff the paper surface of the GIB Plasterboard.

When the entire wall has been sanded, make sure to remove any dust from the surface by using a soft brush. Also, look out for any defects or imperfections and mark these with a pencil. At the end of this task, touch up these surfaces with compound and leave it to dry thoroughly before sanding back smooth.

Installing GIB-Cove

When it comes to renovation of a house, the GIB-Cove is a great way to achieve a great look. We have a great variety of styles available, so you will be easily able to find one that is appropriate for your house. Use GIB-Cove around the top of the walls and ideally new skirting at the base. The GIB-Cove is a great way to add a beautiful finish to any renovation job. It is easy to install a GIB Cove because it is simply glued in place with the help of a GIB-Cove Bond adhesive. In order to ensure that it is fixed in an accurate manner and place, snap a chalk line on the wall at 50mm, 55mm, 75mm or 90mm based on the GIB-Cove you are using.


This is obviously the fun part of the project. When you have the new linings in place, you can use them to decorate the walls and add a new look to them.

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Glen Hunter is an online marketing consultant, PHP programmer, project manager, writer, blogger & social media enthusiasts.

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