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Old 04-24-2012, 10:15 AM   #1
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Hi

I have just moved in to a new flat that needs quite a lot of work doing to it.
At the moment I am just painting the walls in magnolia just to make it livable then will tackle 1 room at a time.

Just have a few questions about painting, as I want it to look really good.

1. I will be getting the walls plastered. What is the best way to start painting on to plastered walls?
2. The doors and skirting have more than one layer of gloss on them (2 maybe 3 layers). Whats the best way to to tackle them. I might just replace the skirting.
3. I want to get some decent brushes and rollers, I know opinions vary but what are the best ones for home use?
4. How much should I spend on paint? Is it worth getting the dearer paint?

Hope you can help this amateur

Should also mention I'm in the UK

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Old 04-24-2012, 10:33 PM   #2
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You should prime freshly plastered walls first, as they will absorb some of the first paint they come in contact with. White flat paint will work as well. After it dries, you will see uneven spots where it absorbed in some places more than others. Use a white primer first, then you can go over it with whatever color you like.
I'm not sure what "skirting" is, but I'm thinking maybe it-s wood wainscotting on the bottom half of the walls?
If you plan on painting over wood ( to some DIY'ers, that's a sin!)
you will need to sand it down some to get some of poly ( shine) off or it will not stick. Clean it REALLY well first with a product that has a grease cutting agent. Really, most good dish soaps will do the trick as they have grease cutter. Let dry completly, then use a 120 grit sand paper and take off as much as the shine so your paint will stick. Go with the grain of the wood or it will look bad once you apply the paint. After it's sanded, you can wipe if off with clean water, but water raises the grain in the wood, so wait overnight and run your hand over it to make sure it is smooth. THe 120 grit will make enough of an impression for the paint to bond properly. If I were you, I would use some of the primer on the woodwork before painting it as well. I don't know about the UK, but here in the good ole' USA you can buy a 2 gal bucket of primer for less than $20, and it will be money well spent. You can paint over paint without priming in most circumstances, but over wood or fresh plaster, I would definitely prime first.
Plaster walls rock! They look 1,000 times better than drywall ever will. THey hold the paint better and are more reflective. THey look "richer". It's like comparing a diamond to glass. They are completely different.
Hope this helps!!! Good luck on your project!!

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Sorry.... I forgot about the paint. In most cases, you will pay on a average of $20-45 for paint by the gallon. I've used Glidden, Moore, Behr, Pittsburgh, and to me at least, they are all comparable. Buy what's on sale. If you need a lot of white, consider investing in a 5 gallon bucket. I would look for paint that are " mistinted' as well. THey are not actually mistinted, but rather the person who wanted that color didn't like it once it was mixed and it goes on a shelf marked down by about 75%. If you find a can like that and it's a little too dark, you can cut it down with the white. I recently bought a can marked down that was a pretty blue for a large bedroom, and one can would not be enough, so I mixed in some white to get the amount I needed and it looks great.Don't be afraid to ask them to open it to SEE the color. You are still paying for it.
As far as brushes, we have a place here called HOBO ( Home Owners Buyer Outlet) and while there are some things they have ( like their painters tape) that I wouldn't buy, their brushes range $2-4 each and are pretty decent if you only use them 4 -6 times. It's a bit wasteful to toss them, but I myself would choke buying a $15-25 paint brush!! Hey, that's me. You can buy packages with 3 or 4 different sizes in them for less than $10 at a big box store. Just check the bristles. Run your fingers across the top. If they are soft, but a bit firm and the bristles don't come out if you tug on them a bit, it's a decent brush.
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You should prime freshly plastered walls first, as they will absorb some of the first paint they come in contact with. White flat paint will work as well. After it dries, you will see uneven spots where it absorbed in some places more than others. Use a white primer first, then you can go over it with whatever color you like.
I'm not sure what "skirting" is, but I'm thinking maybe it-s wood wainscotting on the bottom half of the walls?
If you plan on painting over wood ( to some DIY'ers, that's a sin!)
you will need to sand it down some to get some of poly ( shine) off or it will not stick. Clean it REALLY well first with a product that has a grease cutting agent. Really, most good dish soaps will do the trick as they have grease cutter. Let dry completly, then use a 120 grit sand paper and take off as much as the shine so your paint will stick. Go with the grain of the wood or it will look bad once you apply the paint. After it's sanded, you can wipe if off with clean water, but water raises the grain in the wood, so wait overnight and run your hand over it to make sure it is smooth. THe 120 grit will make enough of an impression for the paint to bond properly. If I were you, I would use some of the primer on the woodwork before painting it as well. I don't know about the UK, but here in the good ole' USA you can buy a 2 gal bucket of primer for less than $20, and it will be money well spent. You can paint over paint without priming in most circumstances, but over wood or fresh plaster, I would definitely prime first.
Plaster walls rock! They look 1,000 times better than drywall ever will. THey hold the paint better and are more reflective. THey look "richer". It's like comparing a diamond to glass. They are completely different.
Hope this helps!!! Good luck on your project!!


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