Plaster needs to dry before you paint over it, and this can take a long time depending on the conditions. If you use a conventional emulsion and the plaster is still drying you may find the paint peels off. Contract emulsions are ideal for new plaster because they are breathable so allow moisture to continue to leave the plaster. As general rules we recommend waiting the following times before painting.

  • Skimmed plasterboard: 2 weeks
  • Full thickness plaster: 1 Month per inch thickness
  • Lime plaster: More complicated, please contact us 


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Armstead Contract Matt

An emulsion finish suitable for mist coating

  • Excellent coverage
  • Quick-drying
  • Ideal for new plaster
  • Water based
  • High Opacity

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Dulux Supermatt

An emulsion finish suitable for newly plastered walls & ceilings.

  • High opacity
  • Good coverage & application
  • Ideal for new plaster
  • Water based

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Earthborn Claypaint

A water based breathable emulsion suitable for fresh plaster and lime plaster.

  • Virtually VOC free
  • Acrylic free
  • Oil free
  • Odour free
  • Highly breathable

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Farrow & Ball Estate Emulsion

A high quality matt emulsion designed for use throughout the house on ceilings and walls.

  • Very flat, chalky matt finish
  • Quick drying
  • Wipeable
  • Eco-friendly
  • Low VOC
  • Low odour

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Little Greene Absolute Matt

A high quality water based matt emulsion for low traffic walls and ceilings.

  • Environmentally-friendly
  • Water-based
  • A beautiful flat finish for walls & ceilings
  • Certified completely safe for children's rooms
  • Available in all colours
  • Available in 3 tin sizes - 5L, 2.5L and 1L

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