Any advice for a painting idiot?

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Seems I'm forced to paint a wall (then all of them) today without any prior knowledge/experience. I cant wait. Am gonna rush out to get this https://www.screwfix.com/p/no-nonse..._-decorating-_-plasterpaint&_requestid=302933
for a newly plastered wall.

Is two layers for the rest oif the (already painted a different shade of white) walls and 3 for the plastered one?
What brush should I use? Should I get an extended roller for near the ceiling? I think im too fat for my current stepladder :(

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Get new plaster paint. Most import also buy a 2.5l Paint Kettle (paint bucket). Follow the instructions for first coat with the paint - dilute it so the paint will soak into the wall and bond much better. if you don't dilute it it will be difficult to get a smooth finish.

After that it's at least 2 coats.
 
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Get new plaster paint. Most import also buy a 2.5l Paint Kettle (paint bucket). Follow the instructions for first coat with the paint - dilute it so the paint will soak into the wall and bond much better. if you don't dilute it it will be difficult to get a smooth finish.

After that it's at least 2 coats.

Ok , you sure, my plasterer said I didnt need to dilute with this specific paint I linked? hes not a painter though!
 
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Maybe that's why... (he's not a painter)
Ok , I can skip the first coat for the alkready painted walls in the room and not dilute? Or can I just use this plaster paint in the plasterd wall diluted, and use normal cheaper paint of 2 layers for the whole room. **** do I dilute the normal paint after that, will the paints have instructions :s
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I watched something about taping up near the trim. But I cant see any reason why I cant go over the skirting, ceiling and walls the same colour.
 
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You can paint the skirtings with emulsion if you want but it'll look horrible. Sand, prime (if they're new), undercoat, gloss (or silk or matt if that's the finish you prefer) but use paint designed for wood.
You can use masking tape or pvc tape to prevent emulsion on the skirts or gloss on the walls but it's ultimately far more satisfying to get some decent brushes and cut in by hand
 
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You can use masking tape or pvc tape to prevent emulsion on the skirts or gloss on the walls but it's ultimately far more satisfying to get some decent brushes and cut in by hand
Go to Toolstation and spend about £3.50 on a Hamilton 2in angled cutter (brush) product code 61512. It'll be a revelation for you - makes it far easier to paint to edges without making a fist of it
 
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Ok , you sure, my plasterer said I didnt need to dilute with this specific paint I linked? hes not a painter though!

I think your plasterer is correct that it doesn't need thinning.

Expect it to be very splattery though...

"New plaster" paints are a bit of a fudge (IMO). They are designed for new plaster that may have not quite fully dried. The low acrylic/latex content allows the moisture left in the plaster to evaporate outwards. The downside is that they are impossible to keep clean. They can also be problematic when it comes to painting over them.

They tend to not quite completely remove the suction from the plaster, meaning that it you coat them with a decent quality trade paint, you might need to dilute that first coat slightly.

I would much rather use something like Dulux Trade emulsion and dilute it by 10% for the mist coat and then use the rest neat on previously painted walls. Alternatively, if I only need to seal one wall, I use the Leyland Trade Acrylic primer. It is about £20 for 5L but is a dream to sand flat if required.

With regards to rollers, I normally use the Purdy Colossus sleeves. I almost always use extension poles. Two hands rather than one make it easier to apply even pressure. The Purdy rollers when used in conjunction with the Purdy poles are great, you don't need to twist the frame on the the pole but they are not cheap. If you are only doing one room, look at cheaper options. Ultimately though, you should only need to climb a stepladder to do the cutting in.

I often spray the skirtings with a light mist of water when rolling, and then wipe them with a cloth after rolling.
 
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Hey

I recently painted a newly plastered room myself and like yourself i am new to it.

On the walls I used 'Leyland Trade Acrylic Primer Undercoat' first (2 coats) and then put on 2 coats of my normal paint (johnstones washable emulsion)

On the door i used leyland wood and metal paint

I was pleasantly surprised at how it came out- good luck!
 

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