How to Paint over Horsehair Plaster

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  • 2-8 hours
  • Beginner
  • 50-150
What You'll Need
Paint roller with 1 1/2-inch nap
Desired paint and primer
Rolling pan
Floor covering

If you're living in a house with horsehair plaster, you know the general issues that come with it. One of these issues arises when you want to paint over your horsehair plaster. Follow the guide below to make that task a bit easier.

Step 1 - Prepare the Walls

patching a crack in the wall

If there are any cracks in the horsehair plaster (as there often are), make sure that you fix them prior to painting. Sand down any bumpy areas and wipe the walls down to ensure you get rid of any dust.

Step 2 - Prime the Walls

Once you have a smooth set of walls, use the roller and your primer to coat the walls thoroughly. This step will allow the paint to stay on more easily, and it will save you coats later on. Be sure to allow the primer to dry completely.

Step 3 - Paint the Walls

Using the same roller (washed out) or a new one, apply the paint to the walls. Move in a "V" formation so you don't leave lines on the walls. Allow each coat of paint to dry thoroughly before you apply the next.

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