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Beware New Plaster!
Ok so this is something that comes up time and time again in our store so we really need to focus on spreading the word here...beware new plaster!
You've just moved into your brand new home, or had your walls re-plastered after a renovation project...either is a costly endevour so lets make sure we don't add to the cost...do not paint your walls with a vinyl paint!
Some of you may have heard about 'mist coating' onto new plaster and have followed this rule to the letter...great, a fantastic first step but don't ruin the walls by then applying a vinyl paint.
Avoid cracked plaster!
'Vinyl' within paint is fantastic as it provides additional qualities to the paint making it a durable and strong finish but it also creates a film on the wall, we like to describe it as a bit like a skin. Newly plastered walls are full of moisture and need to be able to breathe, put a skin on the top using vinyl paint and the water will either come out of the walls by pushing off the paint or go into the walls thus causing some damp issues further down the line.
Until the plaster is dry, its recommended that you use a 'contract' paint. Apply the first coat as a mist coat (water the paint down) and do your subsequent coats as necessary and don't paint or wallpaper again until your plaster has had time to dry out. Its recommended you wait 6 months for new plaster and 2-3 weeks for skimmed plaster walls.
Also beware, some people hear vinyl and associate it with the shine within a paint. You can purchase vinyl matt in addition to your silk and soft sheen finishes!
If you are still worried about painting your newly plastered walls and need some advice, drop our team a quick message on the instant chat feature of our website, or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
This entry was posted in Tips & Tricks on 17th May 2016 by Helen Johnson.