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Plaster & Skim Coating

The type of asbestos used in plaster & skim coating can vary, but the most common type found in these materials is chrysotile asbestos, also known as white asbestos. Chrysotile was widely used in the production of construction materials due to its flexibility, heat resistance, and durability.  Most often asbestos is found in the skim coating.  When taking samples always sample from both the plaster and skim coat.

Chrysotile asbestos has long, curly fibers that made it suitable for incorporating into plaster, joint compounds, and skim coating materials to enhance strength and fire resistance. While chrysotile was the most prevalent type used in the construction industry, other forms of asbestos, such as amosite (brown asbestos) or crocidolite (blue asbestos), were occasionally used in specific applications.

Asbestos-Containing plaster & skim coating

It’s important to note that the use of asbestos in construction materials declined significantly in the 1970s as awareness of the health hazards associated with asbestos exposure increased. If you are working with older buildings or undertaking renovations that involve the removal or disturbance of plaster or skim materials, it’s crucial to take precautions to prevent the release of asbestos fibers.


Disturbing asbestos without proper precautions can pose serious health risks. Follow safety guidelines and local regulations when dealing with potential asbestos-containing materials.

Contact our Modern Pros office to discuss how we can help to secure a safe and healthy environment in your residential home or commercial building. 

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