===============================It should be 'sized'. This is usually just a diluted coat of the paste
you're going to be using to apply the paper. The reason is to prevent the
new plaster absorbing too much of the paste which could make the paper
fall off. Just slop on a generous amount of the diluted paste and let it
dry. Then paper as normal using the full strength paste mix.
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If it's just been skimmed, then it shouldn't need lining paper.
You do need a special coat of paint first though. You can buy
special plaster priming paints for this, but matt emulsion diluted
10-25% with water is just as good (dilute more, the more polished
the plaster finish is).
Don't use PVA to prime plaster for painting though. This seems to
be becoming such a common mistake that some paint manufacturers
have started putting this warning on their tins of paint.
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This was propagated by those bodgeitandrun home diy TV prog's that blighted
our screens. The sight of a plasterer at one end of a wall and a painter at
the other following on, simply horrified me.
Match the colour to the other walls but dont use lining paper.
Just a "mist" coat o diluted emulsion to seal the surface.
By all means sand out any imperfections, if there are any ,before you start
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