Plaster Cloth

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  • Description

    1 roll/pkg - 8 in w x 5 yd l, 10 ft2 (20.3 cm x 4.57 m x 92.9 dm2)
  • Prepare & Color a Water Area

    Plaster Cloth

    Learn this simple, convenient and lightweight way to create a durable terrain shell, using only newspapers, masking tape and Plaster Cloth. Plaster Cloth dries to a hard shell surface ready to paint and landscape.

    SubTerrain Demonstration

    See a brief demonstration of the products available in the SubTerrain Lightweight Layout System and the advantages of using the foam System instead of plywood for a layout base.

  • Made in the USA

    Made In The USA Woodland is committed to a business practice, which supports the economy of our local community.

    We manufacture the vast majority of our products at our Linn Creek, Missouri manufacturing plant, which also houses our product development, package and creative design, marketing, sales and customer service operations.

    Many of the products or parts of the products we manufacture overseas, come back home for packaging and shipping by Woodland employees.

    When you purchase Woodland Quality Brands, you support American manufacturing working in balance with a global economy to support American jobs.

    Safety Warning

    -Model making product. Not a toy! Not suitable for children under 14 years!

    -Produit pour le modélisme. Pas un jouet! Pas adapté aux enfants de moins de 14 ans!

    -Producto para modelismo. No es un juguete! No adecuado para niños menores de 14 años!

    -Modellbauartikel. Kein Spielzeug! Nicht geeigent für Kinder unter 14!


    CAUTION: We do not recommend using Plaster Cloth for body casts as it may irritate skin.

    Cutting tool recommended. Use with care.

    MISE EN GARDE: Nous ne recommandons pas d’utiliser le tissue plâtre pour des moulages sur le corps

    car ils peuvent irriter la peau. Outil de coupe recommandé. Utiliser avec précaution.

    PRECAUCIÓN: No recomendamos enyesar ninguna parte del cuerpo con ni con el venda de yeso, ya que

    pueden irritar la piel. Herramienta cortante recomendada. Utilizar con cuidado.

    VORSICHT: Empfehlen wir nicht mit gips tuch für körper wirft wie es kann reizen haut.

    Schneidwerkzeug empfohlen. Mit Vorsicht benutzen.

    ASTM Certified

    Woodland Quality Brands is committed to manufacturing superior quality, safety-tested products. All of our modeling materials are evaluated by a Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Approved Toxicologist to ensure they meet the standards for art materials set out by ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) International, if applicable. "ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of international voluntary consensus standards. Today, some 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence." For more information about ASTM International, visit

    • What is the best way to make a tunnel?

      Tunnels can be made in a variety of ways.

      Ready Landforms are an easy way to add a tunnel. They are preformed, landscaped and ready to place on a layout. Available in HO and N scales and straight or curved designs.

      Self-supporting Shaper Sheet is another easy way to add a tunnel. Form into tunnel shape and arrange over track. Cover in Shaper Sheet Plaster and add landscape materials. For added realism, paint underside of Shaper Sheet to resemble blasted rock.

      Use 1/4" Foam Sheets or 1/4" Modeling Sheets to make tunnel walls and roof. Use No-News Paper or newspaper to add paper wads around the tunnel foundation to model terrain, and add a double layer of Plaster Cloth to form a hard shell.

      Use the Tunnel Liner Form to mold tunnel sections from Lightweight Hydrocal, Shaper Sheet Plaster or Super Strength Plaster. Connect sections together with Plaster Cloth to form desired length of tunnel.

      Click here to view a video about making a tunnel.

    • Is the "dip" method the only way to apply Plaster Cloth?

      Another way you can apply Plaster Cloth is to lay managable sizes of dry Plaster Cloth strips on the project. Use a spray bottle to mist with water and use your fingers to smooth out the plaster filling in all the holes.

    • Will Lightweight Hydrocal clog a water drain?

      You should not wash any Woodland Scenics plaster product down the drain. This includes Shaper Sheet Plaster, Carving Plaster, Super Strength Plaster, Lightweight Hydrocal Plaster, Mold-A-Scene Plaster, and Smooth-It.

      Plaster residue that remains after applying Plaster Cloth should also be discarded in the trash.

    • How do I add a 'switchback' to my track layout?

      You can add a switchback (or extreme incline) to your layout following the same techniques used to model a SubTerrain track area. Start by constructing an incline base with a 1 " Foam Sheet. Construct the support with 1/2 " Foam Sheet and add 1/2 " incline pieces for the track. Fill the contours with newspaper wads, cover with Plaster Cloth and apply terrain products as usual.

    • What is recommended to use as a base sealer prior to pouring the Realistic Water?

      We recommend sealing a water feature base with Plaster Cloth. Apply as instructed on the label, ensuring all holes in the Cloth are filled in before pouring Realistic Water. 

      Click here to view a video on preparing and painting water areas.

    • Is there any specific type of paint you recommend to paint the plaster cloth after it has been applied to the layout?

      We recommend using Earth Colors Liquid Pigment, Earth Undercoat or Green Undercoat. They yield realistic results and are formulated to blend naturally with our Turf products.

      Click here to view how to paint Plaster Cloth surface with Earth Colors.

    • Should I use warm or cold water to dip the Plaster Cloth in?

      We recommend using cold water with Plaster Cloth. Using warm water will cause the plaster to set up quickly, which will shorten the working time.

    • I am using Plaster Cloth to create my terrain. When dry, the cloth fibers are visible and some holes are evident. What is the best way to smooth it out?

      Filling all holes is only a necessity when you are applying water products, otherwise landscape materials will cover the holes.
      Drag the Plaster Cloth through cold water. Do not let it soak in the water or it will lose a lot of the plaster. Make sure that you apply the Plaster Cloth 'bumpy' side up, and then use wet fingers to spread the plaster over the cloth while it's wet. That usually takes care of rough areas and holes. Work efficiently because plaster sets quickly. 
      Apply a double layer of Plaster Cloth by overlapping each previous layer by 50%. If it needs even further smoothing you can add a thin, smooth layer over problem areas with our Shaper Sheet Plaster, Super Strength Plaster, or Lightweight Hydrocal®.*
      *Hydrocal is a U.S. Gypsum registered trademark.

      Click here to view a short video about Plaster Cloth.