Decorating a newbuild

I'm going to be moving into a new build soon, and it's been decorated (quite poorly in parts) in brilliant white matt emulsion.

This wouldn't be an issue if I didn't have 3 young kids, that love smearing things on walls.

Is it wise to paint over the emulsion with washable vinyl silk, or will it damage the fresh plaster?


Asked by Martin on 21st Dec 2021
Expert Trade Answers
"Hi there no it wouldn't damage the fresh plaster thanks"
Answered on 21st Dec 2021 - Member since Dec 2021 - report
Answered on 21st Dec 2021 - Member since Oct 2021 - report
"Hi Martin you will be fine painting over it. Newly plastered walls are fine to paint after a couple of weeks so I presume it was longer than this since they were done. I would give it a wash and sand down in any places that look rough etc. Any other questions please message me. Have a good Christmas. Dale and Leanne"
Answered on 21st Dec 2021 - Member since Feb 2020 - report
"Depends on your property but usually, you wouldn’t redecorate until after a year as normally the building company comes back to sort any settlement cracks.
However yes you can go over the Matt with a silk, but not sure why you would want to as silks a horrible paint you can get Matt that you can scrub go for a diamond Matt"
Answered on 21st Dec 2021 - Member since May 2021 - report
"Sand all down and then go over, should be fine, may be put an under coat on first then put finish paint on after."
Answered on 21st Dec 2021 - Member since Sep 2016 - report
"Hi, obviously you have to rub down any pour painting runs or lines. But washable vinyl would be the right thing for kids, so yeah, no problems, okay hope that helps, thanks."
Answered on 21st Dec 2021 - Member since Nov 2021 - report
"Try durable white matte or endurance from dulux.
Both washable and will not effect the Matt or plaster underneath, as the plaster should have been dry before a mist coat was put on and it’s probably had two coats of white matte after that. Agreeably new builds are not the best these days, the standard of workmanship is appalling and I’m a decorator, I’ve seen some right messes in new builds. All price work and the prices are crap. So of course it gets bodged."
Answered on 21st Dec 2021 - Member since Jan 2015 - report
"It will be absolutely fine to paint it over.
It will not damage the plaster."
Answered on 21st Dec 2021 - Member since Apr 2017 - report
"No it will not damage your plaster. Dulux easycare available from B&q kind regards Darren DCHL Services Ltd"
Answered on 21st Dec 2021 - Member since Jul 2020 - report
"You can now get a wipe able matt, two coats and you're good to go."
Answered on 21st Dec 2021 - Member since Apr 2019 - report
"The building contractor will only have the paint applied to the walls once the plaster is confirmed as ready to do so and fully dried out.

You are good to apply a paint of your choosing as soon as you take ownership of the property. Remember to identify/record any faults (snagging issues) you find when getting up close with your walls and skirting. These can be passed on to the building provider for rectifying."
Answered on 22nd Dec 2021 - Member since Dec 2021 - report
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