You’ve just had a plasterer in your lovely new home. You might have spent a small fortune to get the work done so you want to save a few pennies by painting your own walls. The problem is you’ve never performed a job like this before and you don’t have a clue what to do!
Well don’t panic because today the kind fellows at Plastering For Beginners are going to show you how to paint fresh plaster that puts the best decorator’s to shame. Realistically, it may take you triple the time it would take a professional, but if you follow our simple steps you will have a beautiful finish to your lovely new home.
Let’s not waste any time and get straight to business! We have 4 simple steps to walk you through.
There is a major problem with a newly plastered wall: it is extremely porous. You may discover when you paint your walls that the paint seems to dry at a rapid rate which makes it hard to spread and apply.
That is why you need a mist coat. This is basically standard emulsion paint (typically white or light in colour), mixed with water. The ratio depends on the painter but it is typical to add 30% water to 70% paint. Some painters mix 50:50 water with paint which is very runny and quite messy to use.
This allows the plaster to absorb the liquid from the paint whilst providing a base coat. This seals the plaster and makes it easier to apply the following coats.
Wait for the mist coat to dry and give your walls a quick sand down with some 150-grit sandpaper which removes any rough patches from the plaster.
This also gives you a chance to see if there are any areas of your wall that may need filling with some filler. After the quick fill has dried you then sand your walls with 300-grit sandpaper which is a very fine finish. This leaves a smooth surface which acts as a good primer for your next coat.
You are now left with a challenging task: cutting in! If you have never heard of this term it simply means brushing the borders of your walls with your chosen colour. This isn’t a problem if all your walls follow the same scheme, but can prove quite a task if your walls are different colours.
This is why you need to brush your edges (cut in). Take your time and buy a quality paint brush – trust me this will save you so much aggro. The next stage is quite easy!
Paint, Paint, Paint
You are now left with the perfect environment for your first coat of paint. I would recommend using a roller because it’s a lot easier to get a smoother, consistent finish, and now the edges have been painted all you need to do is fill the gaps.
Roll the paint in vertical straight lines and always roll off any excess streaks or thicknesses as you paint. Start from the top left and work your wall across the wall finishing with the bottom half – this gives you a sense of direction and makes it easier to follow a routine. This usually provides an even and consistent painted finish.
When the whole wall is painted, wait for it to completely dry. You may discover that it still looks patchy in areas, meaning you need a second coat of paint. This 2nd coat fills any areas that have been left bare and gives the wall a burst of colour that makes it look complete.
However, it can be hard to get a perfect finish which is why you need to be vigilant with your painting.
Do’s and Don’ts
Don’t be stingy with the paint and always make sure you use enough to cover all areas. I also recommend investing in a decent brand of paints – I feel cheap paint is counter-productive and usually results in more coats to get a decent finish.
Pay more and work less! That is the formula you need to follow when painting! If you follow these simple steps you will have a professionally painted wall which you can take full pride in.
Just remember to take your time, be precise, and most importantly, be patient. It will take time, it might be hard, but you can have a quality finish if you try. Now all you need is to choose the colour scheme; good luck with that one!
If you’re unsure when to paint your newly plastered walls, visit our article to discover what the plaster drying time is to discover when it’s safe to paint. Thank you for your time and I hope you have found this article useful.