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Should first coat of paint on freshly plastered ceiling be watered down?
Can I paint my fresh plastered ceiling? The man who plastered it said the 1st coat has to be watered down, is this true ?
Yes first coat on Plaster should be watered down approximately 50/50 if you use quality emulsion (Dulux / Crown) for example. For cheaper paint 60% paint 40% water.
Answered 25th Sep 2013
Yes he is correct, the 1st coat should be thinned with water, depending on the quality and thickness of the paint IE: Dulux, Crown is quite a thick paint and will need to be diluted by up to 50% or more.
So only dilute enough to cover the new area plastered, it's called a mist coat, this will then act as a primer for the remaining 2 coats which again if Dulux or Crown will require 10% of water.
If you don't thin down the 1st coat and it is applied too thick it WILL flake and peel.
Hope this is of use, I used to lecture painting and decorating at the local college.
Feel free to ask any questions.
Answered 26th Sep 2013