It’s important with these surfaces that you take the right steps before applying the paint in order to obtain the best results possible.
Here’s a quick guide to painting a freshly plastered wall:
Freshly-plastered walls should be smooth on the whole but you may find the odd plaster splash or pieces of dust that have been left. Use a fine sandpaper and a brush to remove these blemishes but don’t be too vigorous with your sanding.
The key thing to remember when painting onto fresh plaster is that it will be more porous than an older surface and soak up more of the paint that is applied.
To deal with this it is important to initially apply a mist layer of diluted white paint, which will provide a good base to work on. A mist layer is a layer of diluted emulsion paint - we recommend a ratio of 60:40 paint to water for an undercoat of this kind.
After the mist coat has dried, apply the final paint on top – for the best finish apply two coats.
There will still moisture that will need to escape from the plaster, so it is vital that both the mist layer and top coats are water-based paints. If they aren’t there is danger that cracks will appear in the plaster and in the worst cases you may have to ask the plasterer back to make good.
By taking these few simple steps, you can ensure you get the finish and look you are after for your newly-renovated room.
For a solid, flat and elegant finish that is easy to touch up when required, matte paint is ideal for creating a gentle, soothing finish. It helps to conceal flaws too, making it a good choice for older walls with "character".
Has slightly more lustre than a matte finish, low-sheen rather than shiny. This attractive finish resists stains better than matte paint, and is easier to maintain
Creates an attractive and highly durable high sheen finish, an ideal choice if you want to make a room look bigger. While it is the easiest to clean (just wipe with a damp cloth) Silk paint’s light reflecting properties do make it more difficult to touch up because any difference in sheen will be apparent. It will make imperfections in your walls more noticeable, so it is worth investing a bit of extra time on surface preparation to make your walls as smooth as possible.
Even our gloss paint is zero-VOC! An easy-to-apply, non-drip antibacterial gloss paint that provides a hardwearing, wipe-clean finish for interior and exterior wood and metal. (Please note, the gloss does not share the formaldehyde-absorbing properties of the emulsion paint, but there's still no safer gloss paint on the market!)