Mist Coat Painting On New Plaster Guide

What is a Mist Coat?

A Mist Coat is a thin layer of paint applied to new plasterwork and is designed to stick to the surface. It is applied with a paint sprayer to give an even coating over the surface and to seal the plaster from the elements. Mist coats are also used in conjunction with traditional plastering techniques to seal the surface of the wall before the first skim coat is applied.

An emulsion that is too thick can’t effectively paint fresh plaster. You must use watered-down paint. It allows the paint to bond to the surface when the water sinks into it.

What is the Best Mist Coat Ratio?

For Mist Coat Paint for Sealing Plaster, the best ratio is 1:1 (1 part paint to 1 part water). This works best with an HVLP paint sprayer. A high volume, low-pressure spray gun (HVLP) utilizes a compressor to supply the air, but the spray gun itself requires a lower air pressure (LP). Lower air pressure is used to aerosolize and propel the paint with a higher volume of air (HV).

For new painters and decorators, you may want to avoid creating your mist coat. As an alternative to creating your base emulsion, you can buy a pre-made one. Be on the lookout for new plaster paints. You can paint your plaster surface again after it has dried since new plaster paint lets it dry while you are painting it.

New Plaster Drying Time

Temperature and humidity affect the drying time of new plaster. In general, new plaster walls can dry in two to six days. Wait another day or two if in doubt. You must wait until the new plaster is dry before you start painting.

What Type Of Paint To Use For Mist Coat Plaster?

Use an emulsion paint that does not contain vinyl. If you buy water-based paint labeled “emulsion,” you can make a mist coat yourself. Confirm the paint only contains acrylic, not vinyl, by checking the ingredients. Look for paint at your local hardware store or online.
As you are going to dilute the emulsion paint with water anyway, it is advisable to buy one that comes in a large batch and is relatively cheap.

You should choose a top coat color that matches your bottom coat. By matching the mist coat and the topcoat, you will only need to apply one coat of topcoat.
Consider using the same brand for the topcoat and the emulsion paint so you can match them more easily.

Mix Your Mist Emulsion Paint

A 50/50 mixture of paint and water is recommended. Fill a plastic bucket with one part of paint and one part of water. Combine the water and the paint with a paint mixer. Ideally, the paint should have a runny, watery appearance.
By using 50/50, you will ensure that the paint will absorb into the plaster and seal it.
You should mix the mist coat just before you plan to paint, as this will ensure it doesn’t sit for too long.

Alternatively, you could use a pre-made

Be sure that it matches the color of your topcoat and is water-based. You can also buy plaster paints, which are applied over plaster and allow the mist coat to dry faster.

Drying The Plaster


Be sure to completely dry the plaster before applying it. Wet plaster may be damaged by the mist coat if it is applied while still wet. Touch the plaster to make sure there are no wet spots.

Preparing the area before painting new plaster

If possible, the floor should be covered with sheets or tarps. Since the mist coat is very wet and runny, applying it can be a messy task. Put down paint sheets or tarps on the floor to protect the floors. Use painters masking tape to keep them in place.

All furniture must be removed from the room to prevent it from being painted. Another option is to cover the furniture with a tarp or sheet. In addition, you should wear clothing that you don’t mind getting paint on, such as old shirts and jeans.

Using a Paint Roller

Use a paint roller to mist a paint coat. Fill the paint tray with a mist coat. After that, roll some paint evenly on the roller.

When rolling paint, it shouldn’t be too wet. Just make sure that it has an even layer of paint and is moist enough to allow you to spread it on.

Make sure the mist coat is evenly applied. Smoothly and fluidly roll the paint onto the plaster. Roll the paint from the bottom of the wall upwards.

If an area does not seem covered, you can apply more mist coat. To ensure the plaster is sealed, make sure the walls are painted with a layer of mist coat that is equal across the surface.

Do not roll over the same spot repeatedly; just enough to cover it.

Paint Brush the hard to reach areas

To reach the corners of the room, use a small paintbrush. With the small paintbrush, you can paint any spots that are difficult to reach with the roller. The paintbrush should be dipped in the mist coat and used just above the baseboards and in hard-to-reach areas.

It is best to let the mist coat air-dry overnight after applying it. Mist coats need time to fully dry. Leave the mist coat alone for 24 hours or overnight so it can dry. To help the room dry, leave the windows open.

A small circulating fan could also be placed in the room to speed up the drying process. You want the paint to dry at the same rate throughout the room, so make sure the fans are not stuck in one spot.

Check the weather report before opening these windows to ensure that damp conditions aren’t predicted.

Applying The Topcoat To The Plaster

Check that the mist coat is dry. You should touch the mist coat to ensure that it has dried completely before you paint over it. To the touch, it should be dry without any wet spots.

The top coat should be applied. As soon as the mist coat dries, you can apply two layers of your topcoat of choice. The topcoat color should now be placed in a new paint pan.

The topcoat should be applied by rolling it upward using a clean roller. For paint that reaches corners or above baseboards, you can also get a small paintbrush.

After applying the topcoat, allow it to dry overnight. You can then apply a second layer.
It may be necessary to apply a third coat of topcoat, depending on how dark you want the walls to appear. Before applying the third layer, allow the second layer to dry overnight.

Mist Coat Paint F.A.Q.

  • Mist Coat vs Primer

    The mist coat is made of watered-down emulsion paint and acts as a primer. Moisture adds to the wall’s ability to absorb, so your topcoat should stick. You can also use a water-based primer to avoid the mess of making a mist coat.

  • Is a mist coat necessary?

    A mist coat is not always necessary, but it is always advisable. If you are not sure whether you need to apply a mist coat to your new plasterwork, here are some points to consider: What are you plastering over? If it is a solid, dry and clean surface, such as brick or stone, then you should be able to apply your first coat of plaster directly. If it is an old wall that has been plastered before, or if it is a cavity wall, then you will need to apply a mist coat. If it is a solid, dry and clean surface, such as brick or stone, then you should be able to apply your first coat of plaster directly. If it is an old wall that has been plastered before, or if it is a cavity wall, then you will need to apply a mist coat.

  • What kind of paint do you use for a mist coat?

    The type of paint you use will depend on your preference. There are a number of different paints that can be used for a mist coat, but it is best to use emulsion paint. Emulsion paints are designed to stick to new plasterwork and are specifically designed for use on damp surfaces. If you are using emulsion paint, then you will need to thin it down with water.

  • How long should you leave between mist coats?

    The time it takes for the water to sink into the plaster is dependent on the thickness of the plaster and the temperature of the room. The thicker the plaster, the longer it will take. The temperature of the room will also affect the drying time. The warmer the room, the quicker the water will evaporate. It is best to wait at least 24 hours before applying your first skim coat.

  • How do I know if my mist coat is working?

    Ideally you should water down the mist coat enough for it to penetrate the plaster before it can evaporate, giving you a hold on the surface.

  • What happens if you don’t mist coat?

    You are likely to get cracks and peels from it. By not using a mist coat, you will find that any emulsion you apply afterwards will sit on the surface. A standard emulsion is enough to paint your surface, but if you do not apply a mist coat, you will have to repaint it soon.