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Bill45 04-06-2007 08:18 AM

Painting New Plaster
We recently had two light coats of new plaster put on our living room ceiling. Does the new plaster job have to be painted? Thanks!

Brik 04-06-2007 10:06 AM

Does it HAVE to be? No, I suppose not. I cant think of a functional reason that would require it to be painted. Sometimes even color is added to plaster to provide a final finish. Question is if you like the look. If you do, then leave it. If you are going to sell the house then paint it, most people would expect it to be painted. Don't not paint just because you are trying to avoid work.

joewho 04-06-2007 12:03 PM

First, due to the porosity of plaster, it needs to dry for about 30 days before doing anything to it. If you want to paint then, use a good quality primer but NOT PVA primer.
If you don't want to paint, it will look good for quite a while but the walls will absorb moisture, gasses and stains from the natural activities inside the home. I would advise painting it.

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