Painting & Decorating Question

How to paint?

we had wall paper and now we want to paint dulux ivory (silk) colour.but my builder says if we do plaster with bonding coat and multi finish thistle. it will nice . so pl help me how and what to do?

2 Answers

I think you need to get your builder to explain what on earth you/he means !

Do the walls have any plaster on them at the moment ?

Do you mean you have removed the old wall paper and the walls now need plastering - you can usually fill and sand them before painting.

I don't think you would be painting the walls in lieu of plastering them !!

Answered 26th Jun 2012


Member since 23 May 2012

Hi, by that I think he meant to re-plaster the walls due to bad condition after paper removing. Well, its hard to say if this is absolutely necessary. I've seen walls which were generally alright to paint after a bit of filling and sanding. However sometimes the walls are really too damaged and its more convenient to do plaster. Therefore the person supposed to do the painting have to decide if he/she can do nice job in reasonable time.
If you would like to paint it without the plaster, just rub the walls down (don't have to go mad), fill holes and cracks using polyfiller and decorators caulk for cracks between woodworks and walls. For silk paint its always better to go over the bare (or previously painted) area with most similar colour as the finishing one. The ivory is rather light so just white matt emulsion will be sufficient as undercoat. Then when you'll be happy with the condition of the walls just do 2 (I prefer non eased paint in silk finish) coats allowing enough drying time between them and you are done. Hope this helps.

Answered 1st Jul 2012

Taste of Colour

Member since 24 Jan 2011

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