Painting & Decorating Question

Just had walls skimmed when and how should i paint

i read that i should put pva on first but also read not to do that and put a mist coat, which is best and wht should i used the guy that skimmed it said get paint and put some water in it. if thats right which paint should i get and how much water should i put in it.

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Best Answer

DO NOT PVA YOUR WALLS .. who came up with this idea ? You need to make sure walls are not dusty so a wipe down with a damp cloth is a painful but preventative measure. Francis is spot on - do not use a vinyl emulsion, do a mist coat, or sacrificial coat as my dad used to say, of emulsion and about 25-40% water. As plaster is very absorbant you will need to work in the paint - that is roll over the area a few time to spread it out and work it in. If plaster has been over-polished you will need to lightly sand it otherwise emulsion has nothing to key to. Over-polished areas will stand out after the mist coat - the paint will not have adhered. After mist coat apply 2 top coats (not diluted, straight from can). Top coats can be vinyl emulsion but mist coat should be bog-standard emulsion - like Crown trade emulsion from B&Q, about £16 for 10L.

Answered 12th Mar 2012

Top Coat

Member since 6 Jan 2012

Apply 1 watered down contract emulsion (not vinyl) 75% water 25% paint, bit messy so make sure you have sheeted up 1st, then follow up with 2 full coats of contract emulsion. *contract emulsion lets the plaster breath, where as vinyl forms a layer of paint on the surface..

Answered 20th Feb 2012

Damask Interiors

Member since 14 Feb 2012

what ever you do ,dont put pva on the walls ,or your paint will end up coming off
i tend to 50-50 water and paint still a bit messy, but make sure walls are dry even with breathable paint its never a good idea to put paint on wet walls you end up with the odd water stain

Answered 22nd Feb 2012

Andy smith decorating

Member since 22 Feb 2012

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