Mist Coat

27 Oct 2009
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United Kingdom
Hello, hope someone could give me some advice please.
I am having my lounge re-decorated which involves the walls being re-skimmed and painted.
I had the decorator in to give me a quote. His plan was to paint over the plaster with a matt white emulsion, then finish off with two coats of our preferred colour (also matt emulsion). I asked him if there would also be a mist coat over the plaster (having read what people had said), but he said they never have any problems with a normal coat, as long as it is good quality paint.
Anyway, the plasterer has done his skim coat (and done an excellent job by the looks of things). I asked him if he thought it was a bit strange that the decorator didn't think a mist coat was needed, but he didn't seem surprised at all. He also re-iterated that as long as the first coat of emulsion was a good quality paint, then it didn't have to be watered down.
What to do? I don't want to question what these guys are saying - they have 50 years of experience between them and come highly recommended, but should I insist on a mist coat?
Skim plaster is Thistle Multifinish (if that makes any difference)
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Well they are both wrong. We get too many posts in here about peeling paint for them to be right. They've just been lucky - or the poor sod that follows in a few years time cops the flack.

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