Catnic Plasterbeads
Catnic Builders Metalwork


Our range of renowned Plaster bead and Mesh products come from leading UK manufacturer of steel construction products, Catnic. Acknowledged for conformance to the highest quality standards, Catnic products are used by builders all over the world to ensure their projects are structurally sound and energy efficient.

The comprehensive range of Plaster Beads are precision engineered and simple to use. Fixing by nail or plaster dab is straight forward and fast, generating rises, edges, corners and joints that are easy to form and resistant to chipping, cracking and impact damage.

How to install a Catnic plasterer’s bead

The most appropriate Catnic bead should be chosen to suit the application, required plaster depth and the desired finish of the work.

The application and installation of Catnic beads should be in accordance with BS 5492:1990 Code of Practice for internal plastering and BS 5262:1991 Code of Practice for external renderings.

Catnic beads should be fi xed at a nominal 600mm spacing by embedding with dabs of the same material used for the undercoat or corrosion resistant galvanised nails for galvanised bead and stainless steel nails for stainless steel bead.

Beads may be trimmed to length using tinman’s shears across the wings and a fine toothed saw across bead noses.

Use one of the following methods to fix Catnic angle beads and plaster stop beads:

Catnic Metal Lath

1. Using galvanised or stainless steel nails (compatible with bead material) complying with BS 1202: Part 1, fi xed at a maximum of 600mm apart. When nailing to a solid background the line of the bead will follow the line of the background.

2. Pressing the bead onto dabs of the same material as the undercoat, dabs should be applied at a maximum of 600mm apart. This method will even out minor irregularities in the line of the background, although the line of the bead will tend to generally follow the line of the background.

3. When beads are used with metal lath backgrounds, galvanised or stainless steel tying wire may be used to secure the beads in position. Soft galvanised wire to BS 443 and soft stainless steel wire
complying with BS 1554 should be used to match the bead and lath materials. All wires should be twisted tightly and the ends bentaway from the finished face of the coating.

Catnic Metal Lath

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Catnic Mesh


We know you care about the finish of your building project – the tiny details that make your building better – the crisp edges, the sharp lines, the precision that is achieved only by using superior products. Our Catnic range of plasterers mesh and lath will help you achieve just that. Catnic mesh and metal lath are easy to fix and provide a secure key for many plaster and render applications, including joint and crack reinforcement and refurbishment work.

For further specification and detailed consultation, please call our team today.

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