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  1.  
    I had a large quantity of insulating plaster delivered last week after much deliberation on which type to use. I have to mention the brand name as it is a fairly unique product in terms of constituents - it was Bauwer light plaster which has been the subject of some discussion previously on this forum. The driver unloaded one pallet on the drive (good) and a huge pallet on the road. But that is by the by. As I was unloading I pleased to note the lightness of the bags which was a major driver for ordering this system (around 7kg per bag). As I worked my way down I noticed the bags suddenly became much heavier. I checked the manufacturing dates and noted that the 'light bags' were manufactured in 2020 and the heavy bags in December 2019. I checked with supplier about shelf life and he confirmed it was 18 months. I requested to exchange the old bags (already out of date) and have not heard back since.

    I would be grateful for any advice on how bad this is? Is the old plaster still usable? Google tells me no...I'm worried.
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeAug 14th 2021
     
    Out of date , you want replacement and old bags taken away
    • CommentAuthorMike1
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2021
     
    +1. The date is there for a good reason.
  2.  
    Agree, it wants replacing.

    On a side note, are you doing it yourself? I found it unlike any other plaster I had used - quite 'draggy' and hard to get to the usual 'ready to rub up later' stage that I expect from lime.
  3.  
    I am doing the base coat myself. Will see how it goes. Planning on making bays and then ruling off with straight edge as in the video they share.

    I was straight back to the supplier requesting to exchange the old bags but no response so far. I’m on edge…
  4.  
    Did you pay by credit card? I don't know if Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act applies to to 'not of merchantable quality' as well as failure to deliver, but it's worth a look.

    A quick search brought up:

    ''your credit card provider is jointly and severally responsible for any breach of contract or misrepresentation by a retailer or trader.''

    ?'misrepresentation' - passing unuseable (out of date) plaster off as useable? Don't know, but worth a try, I should have thought.
  5.  
    I had a reply today, phew. He reckons the old stuff is fine to use but offered an exchange when they get new stock. I did a comparison and the old stuff is lumpy out the bag, lumpy whilst mixing and lumpy on the wall!! I used it up filling up the larger holes in the brickwork.

    The new stuff is nice to use (for a novice plasterer) and very light on the trowel. A lot easier than the Diathonite I tried.
    • CommentAuthorkristeva
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2021
     
    Posted By: modernvictorianI had a reply today, phew. He reckons the old stuff is fine to use but offered an exchange when they get new stock. I did a comparison and the old stuff is lumpy out the bag, lumpy whilst mixing and lumpy on the wall!! I used it up filling up the larger holes in the brickwork.

    The new stuff is nice to use (for a novice plasterer) and very light on the trowel. A lot easier than the Diathonite I tried.


    I've used Lime Green Ultra in the past which is also very light. Its excellent over lathe but I found it a devil to use on brick, seem to dry too fast no matter how much you give the wall a drink and no chance of straight edging it either. You'd need 2 plus coats to get it anywhere near flat and ready for the finishing coat.
  6.  
    The Bauwer goes on fine over wetted brick. I did make up one batch a little too dry which made it difficult to ''spread' but the wetter mix went on very easily and I straight edged it. It builds very easily too. I am pleased so far.
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