Just had my old kitchen walls skimmed with new plaster about 10 days
ago. They look well dried out , so now I want to paint them before the
kitchen furniture fitters come in shortly.
I am thinking of going with a 50:50 mist coat of regular matt emulsion
paint/water followed by a couple of coats of undiluted matt emulsion.
Is an emulsion , like Wickes Trade just as good as Duluxe Trade
Supermatt. Is there any significant differences between these when
applied to new plaster? Or should I use some specialist paint, like a
new plaster primer, to begin with?
I have to say that over the years I've heard and read many bits of advice on
this matter - all perfectly genuine, I'm sure. Two things stand out from a
digest of all the advice and my own experience. Firstly, it's an unnecessary
expense to paint the wall with neat emulsion on the first coat. 50/50 of any
emulsion and water will do.
Secondly, a friend painted a piece of plaster I had done within the same day
that I did it, and it's still fine 22 years later.
i.e don't bother with all the niceties!
I'm sure it would be fine, but then it would probably be fine without it!
But I'm not here to knock other people's advice. I'm just speaking as I
find. Some people would seal the wall with PVA diluted down. That'll
probably work as well as anything. The thing is, the bare plaster doesn't
half suck up stuff, so something cheap and cheerful as a first coat solves
that problem. But a professional decorator (which I'm not) would come along
and say "what rubbish".
Bare plaster does suck up paint! I'd use 1:5 PVA to water, cheap and
effective. (I've never done a whole room, but part of a room skimmed after
removing tiles - the diluted PVA gave a good, non-absorbent surface to paint
on.) It also worked where a faint discolouration at the edge of an
extension was "bleeding" through the plaster and paint.
When my GF's house was treated for damp and the walls replastered to a
height of about 4 ft., we were told to allow 6 months for drying and to use
a water-based emulsion, not vinyl (this was full plaster, not a skim,
The head of a pin will hold more angels if
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