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    Painting older plaster

    Painters & Decorators

    Is there a paint type primer or something I can paint older plaster to help hide minor imperfections (I’ll fill/sand and smooth as much as I can first) before painting a dark paint colour?
    I don’t want to use lining paper.
    Cheers 👍🏻

    Asked by Ruth on 14th Feb 2021
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    Northern decor

    "The best thing to do is fill and sand it and touch it up with your chosen paint."

    Answered on 15th Feb 2021 - Member since Feb 2021 - report
    Russ Thomas

    "Yes you can use a smoothing base coat it will hide imperfections."

    Answered on 15th Feb 2021 - Member since Sep 2020 - report
    Burnham's decorators

    "Hi there, you might be best with the Dulux base coat 3 in 1 or the polyfiller smooth over matt depending on the walls."

    Answered on 15th Feb 2021 - Member since Feb 2021 - report
    DB painting and decorating services

    "Hi Ruth if you use plaster paint (it will give your paint a good base and hide some imperfections. Hope this helps. Dale"

    Answered on 15th Feb 2021 - Member since Feb 2020 - report
    Djc decorators

    "I recommend a slightly, thinned coat of dulux white matt emulsion, then a further 2 coats"

    Answered on 15th Feb 2021 - Member since Dec 2019 - report
    Cj decor

    "After sanding down dust off and thin the 1st coat down with water 70-30% then paint with the required coats till finished check for filling inbetween coats regards Chris"

    Answered on 15th Feb 2021 - Member since Mar 2019 - report
    Imagination service

    "You also can use a bit of filler to fit the imperfections and after sanding you can use the paint. Don t forget to use a bit of PVA or to wash the surface before painting."

    Answered on 15th Feb 2021 - Member since Jan 2021 - report
    Alpha Renovations

    "Prep is the key fill & sand as much as possible & apply extra coats of emulsion if necessary"

    Answered on 15th Feb 2021 - Member since Nov 2020 - report
    P's Painting & Decorating Services

    "Just a normal undercoat and primer is fine once you have finished doing all the prep work paint the undercoat and once dry paint over the top with the colour you wish to use."

    Answered on 15th Feb 2021 - Member since Nov 2020 - report
    JLR Decorating Services

    "Old plaster walls are more temperamental than drywall so you have to put a little more elbow grease into the preparation work before you paint. Don't take short cuts on the prep work or you may find yourself doing repairs later. Fix damaged areas of the walls with a patching compound recommended for use on plaster and apply an oil-based or shellac primer to seal out moisture. Follow with top-quality latex paint to give your old plaster a new look."

    Answered on 15th Feb 2021 - Member since Feb 2021 - report
    Gerald gjeta

    "You can simply use Leyland super latex and after following the sanding process, filling and sanding you should add another mist coat and after 2 top coats."

    Answered on 16th Feb 2021 - Member since Jan 2019 - report
    George's Homecare

    "Hi,sure, first you need prepare the wall - filler, sanding, than use primer: 1 part emulsion + 1 part water. Mix and apply as a first coat.
    Leave to dry and then apply the paint.
    Hope it helps
    George"

    Answered on 15th Feb 2021 - Member since Jan 2020 - report
    Pearmain Bros Decorating Services

    "Hi Ruth, It is also important to use oil-based or any high quality primer to prevent all kinds of moisture on the surface. You should also use a top quality latex based paint to get the best result when painting your old plaster walls."

    Answered on 15th Feb 2021 - Member since Aug 2020 - report
    AGL Painting and Decorating

    "Unfortunately, If there are lots of imperfections and you don't want to use lining paper, I recommend Super fresco, no pattern, thermal and best of all paintable. Failing that just use a good thick paint.
    Hope this helps."

    Answered on 15th Feb 2021 - Member since Jan 2021 - report
    Cpw decorating

    "Bad old crumbly plaster could be sealed with Zinsser Gardz prior to your chosen topcoat to avoid adhesion problems and other issues. To hide imperfections you should apply a heavy coat of paint which would then look ugly if using a long piled roller, for example, Best situation would be to fill/skim the whole area with Toupret (blue tub) of smoothing filler, apply filler, allow to dry, then sand and paint"

    Answered on 15th Feb 2021 - Member since Feb 2018 - report

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