Plaster aftercare

One of the most common questions which is always asked is how long before I can paint ??

Please see below for some advice regarding painting do's and don'ts ...

A newly plastered wall is very porous and will absorb any ordinary paint that comes into direct contact with it. You will need to seal or prime the wall, failing to seal a newly plastered wall will result in the water based paint drying out and potentially peeling or flaking.

First you will need to seal the surface, do this by mixing emulsion paint with water. You will want a 4:1 ratio, 4 parts emulsion to 1 part water. Make sure you stir thoroughly.

Apply the sealer to the surface. You should hear the plaster sucking up the moisture. If you do not, then you can add a little more water. It is unlikely you will need to seal the wall more than once, but doing so will not cause any damage.

Once dry the wall should be ready to paint with normal emulsion.

In kitchens and bathrooms, you should apply oil based paints on the walls and ceilings. This is due to the damp environment that will require a moisture repelling surface.

For oil based paint, the surface of the plaster can be sealed using a solution of PVA adhesive.

It is possible to purchase a plaster sealer if you are unsure of making your own mixes.

DONT be tempted to turn your heating up full to aid the plaster in drying as this can cause plaster to crack leave it to dry out in normal conditions ..

 .NANTWICH PLASTERING SERVICES Will always give advice on aftercare..