DIY Doctor

Main navigation


Postby cityred » Sun Nov 21, 2010 6:58 pm

ive had the hallway walls plastered about 6 months, do i still need to use watered down paint before painting?
Rank: Labourer
Progress to next rank:
Posts: 1
Joined: Sun Nov 21, 2010 6:51 pm


Gorilla Glue heavy duty grab adhesive

Postby stoneyboy » Sun Nov 21, 2010 9:53 pm

YES it's even more important now the walls are thouroughly dry.
Rank: Project Manager
Posts: 4752
Joined: Wed Dec 10, 2008 6:44 pm

Postby theshedman » Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:24 am

Hi cityred, the simple answer is yes. A mist coat is needed on all new plaster otherwise the emulsion will dry out to quickly and you will get problems with it peeling or bubbling.
Rank: Foreman
Progress to next rank:
Posts: 210
Joined: Thu Jul 09, 2009 11:11 am

Postby toplondonchef » Mon Nov 22, 2010 11:26 am

In a word yes.

Raw plaster will remain porous regardless of how long it's been on the wall for and this will cause the problem if you just topcoat by "sucking" the water out of the paint far too quickly

Give the walls a light rub down with fine grade paper - 180 grit - then dust down and wipe over with a damp cloth, rinsing in a bucket of clean water frequently
Depending on the quality of emulsion used for the mist coat, you should thin down with clean, cold water from 20 - 40 % - depending on how thick the emulsion is. Dulux trade supermatt can take up to 50% water for a mist coat, it just depends on how much you want to spend and the quality that you want to end up with
Hope that this helps
Rank: Ganger
Progress to next rank:
Posts: 71
Joined: Sat Jan 05, 2008 6:54 pm

Postby welsh brickie » Mon Nov 22, 2010 3:13 pm

use a weak solution of pva/water to seal the wall first this will prevent the wall from sucking in the paint
welsh brickie
Rank: Project Manager
Posts: 2612
Joined: Sat Apr 12, 2008 7:54 am

Postby melitavejnovic » Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:37 pm

hello everybody!

I've just moved into my own flat and am doing some decorating.

I don't know anything about building work/materials so bear with me as I try to explain what the problem is.

I believe all my internal walls are made out of plasterboard. They are thin and sound hollow. I've been painting my bedroom today when, just as everything was going well, suddenly, a large area of paint just came lean off/peeled from the wall, revealing a dry, mat cardboard-like wall, brown in colour?! I am using a dulux super matt brilliant white paint, by the way...

What do I do to repair it? Please tell me in simple terms as I am not much of a diy specialist.....

Also, I got artexed ceilings in the flat. They look ghastly and dated, 'whiped cream' effect. I've painted the ceiling in the living room and it looks ok. But then, te one in the bedroom is peeling off, and falling off in dusty/chalky like peices?!

I'm now left with the ceiling that's half nice and half terrible. I will let the paint dry and just brush it off tomorrow and may even leave it like this. Unless someone has a beter idea? I've been told something about that upv super or similar sounding to use as a primer, but when I read the back of the tin, it says 'not suitable to be painter over with a water-based emulsion' which is what i'm using?!

Please give me some advice as I don't know what to do!

Many thanks, I really appreciate your help!

Rank: Apprentice
Progress to next rank:
Posts: 5
Joined: Mon Nov 22, 2010 7:22 pm

Postby theshedman » Tue Nov 23, 2010 10:06 am

Hi mel, you would be better off posting this as a new thread then you will get answers that relate to your post alone. Just copy and paste your post into a new one. When you go to furum index just look close to the top of the page on the lefthand side and click new thread.
Rank: Foreman
Progress to next rank:
Posts: 210
Joined: Thu Jul 09, 2009 11:11 am

Display posts from previous
Sort by
Order by

  • DIY How to Project Guides
  • DIY how to tutorial projects and guides - Did you know we have a DIY Projects section? Well, if no, then we certainly do! Within this area of our site have literally hundreds of how-to guides and tutorials that cover a huge range of home improvement tasks. Each page also comes with pictures and a video to make completing those jobs even easier!

  • Related Topics