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Tim Downie
 
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Default Painting plaster Vs papering then painting

Having successfully removed the wallpaper from hell, we're now ready to
redecorate.

The original plan had been to paint the original painted wallpaper but we
found we couldn't smooth out some heavy stenciling that my daughter had done
years ago so decided to remove the paper. This tuned out to much tougher
than anticipated but it's all done now.

The new plan is to now either re-paper with lining paper and paint or patch
the plaster and put paint directly on the plaster.

In the past we're always papered and painted but as this is a bedroom, I
wonder if this is a bit OTT or is it what most folk do? If we do paint the
plaster, are there any downsides (other than poorer abrasion resistance)?
One thing that puts me off painting the plaster was that some of the worst
paper to remove was stuff that had been applied over a small area of painted
plaster.

Against re-papering and painting is the thought that it might be an absolute
b*st*rd to remove again in the future (not that I'm planning on *ever*
redecorating this room). I suspect our problem with stripping this time
round was to do with the fact that the paint had been applied over the
underlayer of partailly stripped vinyl wallpaper.

Any thoughts?

Tim



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Christian McArdle
 
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The new plan is to now either re-paper with lining paper and paint or
patch the plaster and put paint directly on the plaster.


You only ever use paper because the plaster is unusable. However, you might
as well reskim the room whilst you've got it in a state to. Then you've got
perfect plaster ready for rolling the paint onto. OK, it might cost you
more, but it is worth it.

Christian.


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The Natural Philosopher
 
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Christian McArdle wrote:

The new plan is to now either re-paper with lining paper and paint or
patch the plaster and put paint directly on the plaster.



You only ever use paper because the plaster is unusable. However, you might
as well reskim the room whilst you've got it in a state to. Then you've got
perfect plaster ready for rolling the paint onto. OK, it might cost you
more, but it is worth it.

Christian.


I agree in principle: Reskimming is always best, if you can find a
plasterer at a sensible price to do it. My pasletering ois completely
rubbish, so DIY isn't in the frame here.


Otherwise lining paper is quick, cheap, dirty (:-)) and gives a fairly
good result at a lot less cash IMHO.

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