Can you paint straight onto plasterboard? We have the answer

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Answering the question 'Can you paint straight onto plasterboard?' with an affirmative yes means that you can say goodbye to getting in a plasterer and do the job yourself. While it's often better to skim walls first, this route saves you a few quid and means you can get the job done much quicker than having it skimmed first.

Plasterboard is covered in paper so it is much like painting a wall in the traditional way, although the right prep is required. If you have lining paper, anaglypta wallpaper or bare plaster you will need a brush, roller and of course paint to get the job done. 

Here we tell where you can paint plasterboard, how to prep and paint and when you definitely need to skim.  

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.