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Decorating questions new build (4 years old )

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by howy1, 11 Feb 2020.

  1. howy1

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    Hi all , I have been in a new build house for four years the walls are white emulsion and I would just like to fresh them up , can I just emulsion straight onto walls without any type of prep work ? the other question is regarding a few hairline cracks mainly over windows where there seems to have been infills of plasterboard cut ie above bathroom and toilet windows , I doubt if the cracks are 1 mm wide but you can see them what are the best products for filling please .
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    oh well DIY NOT LOL
     
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    Yep, it’s a strange old forum this. Some threads get attention and others ( namely mine) don’t.

    Yes, I would paint straight on but you could use a sugar soap solution to clean the surface.

    Would then look at a flexible filler or caulk depending on the severity of the cracks. Let it dry, use a sanding block and then paint
     
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    Unless there's been anything untoward on the walls that would need a stain blocker etc, just give them a wipe down and paint straight over.

    If the small cracks are in corners I normally use caulk and filler if they are on a flat surface.
     
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    Thank you Ross and pp , can you recommend a caulk and filler please , sorry to be detailed .
    Yes will wash with sugar soap .
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    Howy
     
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    I normally use gyproc easyfill and whatever caulk is on offer next to the counter at screwfix!
     
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    Don't use caulk over plasterboard cracks. It will leave a ridge unless you wipe it back so much that that you end up wiping it away.

    Try PVA wood glue and a soft filler once the glue has dried. The cracks may reappear though. If they do post back.

    It is fine to paint directly over sound/clean emulsion with emulsion.
     
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    Thanks opps , that sounds a good idea for fine cracks like mine as the walls are not plastered just emulsioned over plasterboard , are the ready mixed soft fillers ok .
    Howy
     
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    I'd recommend the use of the lightweight soft fillers (as mentioned Redlite or RedDevil). They feel more like a very fine polystyrene as apposed to a rigid cement/plaster like filler and are slightly more flexible.
     
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