Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Covings Add That Final Touch

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Covings Add That Final Touch

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Coving gives any room a touch of class and can make a great difference to your decor. Installing it is relatively easy, too, provided you're good up ladders.

Made from expanded polystyrene, lightweight paper-wrapped material or plaster, coving also comes in various depths to suits different spaces.

Remember that smaller rooms tend to look best with narrower coving so choose appropriately.

Where coving pieces meet in a corner, the ends will need to be cut to a specific angle; use mitre blocks or templates so that they form a neat join.

There are also a range of corner pieces available that form internal or external joins.

The following guide applies broadly to all types of coving but it's important to read the manufacturer's instructions before you start as materials may vary.

A sound, dry, clean surface is needed to fix coving so remove all traces of distemper, loose plaster, wallpaper or flaking paint from the area of the wall and ceiling to be covered.

The easiest way to do this is by using the coving itself as a guide to mark out the area to be stripped, but you can use a rule, straight-edge and pencil if you prefer. Measurements will be 83mm for 127mm cove or 67mm for 100mm cove.

Use a sharp knife to cut through wall or ceiling paper along the pencil guides, but go 2mm inside the lines if you want to retain any paper, to be sure of getting a neat edge once the coving's up. Then, start scraping away.

To help the adhesive stick, score the plaster underneath with a sharp knife (this is called keying), making a series of criss-crosses and then clean away any dust.

If you're using an adhesive powder that needs making up with water rather than a ready-mixed one, check the setting time and only prepare the amount you can use within that time.

To stop rapid absorption on porous surfaces, dampen the coving area with clean water, but don't make it soaking wet. …

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