Ceiling was woodchip, now painting.

21 Dec 2016
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United Kingdom
I removed woodchip paper that was expertly glossed over from a ceiling very high in places.
What was left behind is a very thin layer of paint, that has flaked. The paint is sound, and difficult to scrape off unless it has flaked. I'm certain the flaking is where the wallpaper removal has pulled the paint. It is random, and does not appear to be problematic in specific areas.

It's my intention to paint the ceiling white. I was going to throw up 2 layers of Matt emulsion. But I'm wondering if it may require a mist coat?

It looks like there is only one layer of paint, and a very thin one at that. And in the patches the plaster is visible. The layer of paint and patches don't look like they would show through 2 coats of emulsion and the flaked parts will be removed and sanded.

In short, I'm unsure whether a mist coat is necessary as it has been painted once, but I don't know if it was a mist coat. Will another do any harm?

Or should I aim to remove the paint? My concern is it will be difficult and too time consuming.

Any help is appreciated,

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If its distemper it will cause problems. If unsure I would give a coat of Zinsser Gardz. This will sort any problems you may have. Then coat up with whatever your putting on the ceiling.

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