Plaster/New and Unpainted/To Be Painted

a. Surface Preparation:

  • the plaster should be thoroughly dried out before painting, that can take up to one month following installation, depending on thickness, temperature and relative humidity
  • glossy, sealed areas should be dulled by sanding; wear eye protection and a dust mask
  • remove all dust, dirt, etc., with a damp cloth

b. Priming:

  • priming is necessary for maximum adhesion of the finish coat, protection of it from alkalinity, and sheen uniformity
  • use a quality stain-blocking latex primer that is recommended for interior plaster

c. Painting:

  • for best dirt resistance, durability and cleanability, use a top-of-the-line interior latex wall paint in flat, eggshell or satin finish, depending on appearance desired
  • a satin finish will provide best dirt and stain resistance
  • a medium line, dead flat latex wall paint will do well for hiding irregularities in the surface, and will touch up less noticeably than a paint with more sheen

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