Tips on doing it right! Painting plaster walls in an existing home.















Your builder should have painted all ceilings, doors, frames and exterior of house prior to you taking possession.

Should you decide to do some extra painting here are some tips,

  • First thing to do is to make sure you select the colours and shade of the colour that you would like.
    • To do this, purchase some “sample pots” and some white cardboard.
    • Apply two coats of your selected colour to the cardboard, and then move the cardboard around the room or rooms to see how the light will affect it in different parts of the house.
    • Once you have decided on the colour only then purchase the paint.

We recommend using a good quality low sheen acrylic paint as it is easy to clean.

A good choice would be Dulux Wash and Wear Low Sheen.

Let’s start painting

  • Plaster walls – dust down the walls with a soft broom, apply one coat of sealer binder thinned approximately 5% with turpentine for penetration into the plaster.
  • Make sure you roll the paint on from top to bottom, cutting in the top, bottom and edges with a brush.
  • When the walls have been done, sand them down from top to bottom with a light 120mm sand paper to make sure that the walls are smooth.
  • Fill any holes with Pollyfiller, let dry, sand down and touch up with a small amount of acrylic undercoat.

Now it’s time to apply the colour you have chosen

  • Make sure you have applied masking tape to all areas that are not to be painted or cover with a drop sheet or plastic.
  • When applying the low sheen to walls tackle one wall at a time. Cut in the wall at the top next to the cornice first, down each side of walls and across the floor, then roll all walls evenly.
  • Try to apply the paint in an even finish laying it off from top to bottom.
  • Repeat this process throughout the house.

Buying the paint

When buying paint make sure you use a good low sheen acrylic for all main areas of the house.

In the wet areas (bathrooms, ensuite & Laundry) use a Kitchen/Bathroom paint which is more durable for these areas.

You may also need to buy some good quality brushes and roller. We recommend an Oldfield 10 nap roller sleeve for applying the paint, masking tape and a small extension pole.

You paint supplier should be able to advise you on what you need.

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