18 Pages of Questions and Answers
About painting a new house.
Q. We are moving to a new house that we’ve decided to paint ourselves, and are wondering if the new
plaster on the walls and ceilings should be given a coat of primer or is there any products that you
recommend for this. The house is 1,080 sq feet, 3 Bed. Would you have an estimate or a guide to the
amount of paint needed for the whole house? E.McGowan
A. Two coats of emulsion over all the walls and ceilings would be standard practice.
Your first coat of emulsion with 10% Floetrol emulsion paint conditioner mixed in will take care of the
priming / first coat.
Irrespective of what colours you choose for the various walls, you could paint them white on the first
coat together with the ceilings to make it easy on yourself. You will find that the paint additive
mentioned above will also make a huge difference when added to your second coat as well. Easier to
do and looks better, no roller marks etc.
Mask all edges you don’t want paint on for best results; 2” tape works pretty good.
Use dropcloths / old sheets etc on all floors to prevent mess.
Here’s more food for thought plus a great tip: If there is a likelihood of posters etc being stuck with
sellotape or the like to some of those painted walls up the road, you’d better make sure that paint is
stuck on real tight in the first instance. The best way to do this is to add in 25-30% Emulsa-Bond (also
known as E-B) into your first coat of emulsion and this will make sure that paint will stay put, even
after being pulled with tapes etc! If you go this route, you can still use the Floetrol in your second coat.
If you are going to stay with the paint choice, you will need about 5 buckets of good quality interior
emulsion, 2 for the ceilings and the rest for the walls. The Floetrol emulsion paint conditioner (1 litre
per 10 litre bucket) will ensure a lovely smooth, roller mark free job with minimum effort. You may
get away with 4 buckets but better get enough.