Paint latex directly on plaster: What speaks against it?


Latex paints bring a special shine that simple emulsion paints do not have to offer. Incidentally, the paint, which usually contains no real latex more, is considered extremely easy to clean, so it is often used in hygienically sensitive areas use. These benefits speak for themselves, but on what substrates does latex paint even scratch?

Paint latex on plaster instead of wallpaper - is that possible?

Normally, the recommendation is to first provide a wall with a wallpaper in order to subsequently paint it with latex paint. The paint is applied in relatively thin layers and therefore makes excellent on textured substrates.

A particularly common combination is latex paint on glass fiber wallpaper: This type of wallpaper can be in very large sheets easily stick to the wall and contributes to a waterproof, washable surface.

Directly on plaster you can see latex paint rather rarely, although a corresponding coating on dry and stable ground is easily possible. Unfortunately, the color is difficult to remove later, with wallpaper that works much better.

So prepare your plaster on the painting with latex paint

If, nevertheless, you decide for a direct coating on plaster, then you should do the following: Choose the most diffusible latex paint and make sure you have a stable substrate!

  • Allow moisture to dry in the plaster, remedy the causes
  • Remove nails and dowels
  • tamp off old wallpaper and paint residues
  • remove any rust spots
  • Fill holes with putty
  • Sand the surface smooth if necessary
  • Brush off the sanding surface and strengthen with a deep primer

Now you can apply your latex paint, preferably in several thin layers that you overlay. Also dyeings and glazes are possible, for a lively wall design according to personal taste!

Remember, the higher the gloss level of your latex paint, the more difficult it can be painted over later. So, better choose a matt version - and be prepared to remove the coating only with mechanical force.

Tips & Tricks

It is better not to coat cold wall areas with latex paint over a large area, as moisture can accumulate in the building fabric, which is difficult to escape through the coating. This is how mold can develop!


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