Painting new plasterboard


I have just had a loft conversion completed but I am doing all the decoration myself. A fairly daunting task with all the new taped and filled plasterboard. I have read and heard of many techniques for the first coat of emulsion from PVA to mixing the paint with wall paper paste. However, one of the guys who did my conversion just told me to use a good quality matt emulsion and only to water down enough to make the paint easy too use then simply apply generously with a roller..
I have done this and have nearly completed the first coat in one room. When I went into the room this morning I expected to see that the paint had soaked into the wall as everyone told me it would. But it hasn't. It looks to me like a second coat is all it will need.
So what's all this about the first coat of emulsion soaking into plasterboard? Or am I perhaps seeing the benefit of using a good quality emulsion rather than a B&Q value tub? Or am I just being lucky?
Two coats I can just about cope with. 3 would be a nightmare....
G
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You don't need a good quality matt emulsion for the first coat. Any cheap rubbish will do or even some old emulsion that you have. Just water it down and apply. You don't need too heavy a coat for the first painting. -- the_constructor
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Gorbag wrote:

Make a note of whom it was who told this and, in future, ignore any advice he offers you.
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Don't worry I did. Just about everyone I have spoken to about this has come up with a different suggestion. But two professional decorators who were plastering the joins during my conversion just told me to use good matt emulsion. And it seems to be just fine. I'm using it as an undercoat for all the skirting etc as well.
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Don't worry I did. Just about everyone I have spoken to about this has come up with a different suggestion. But two professional decorators who were plastering the joins during my conversion just told me to use good matt emulsion. And it seems to be just fine. I'm using it as an undercoat for all the skirting etc as well.
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Oops! Sorry for the double post. Don't know what happened there...
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