Painting over lime plaster: The do’s and don'ts you need to know

Drk wall with wicker furniture in front
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Painting over lime plaster walls and surfaces is something you could well be thinking about if you’ve got lime plaster in your home. It’s a traditional wall finish that differs from the more commonly used gypsum plasters found in newer homes. It’s eco-friendly, can combat damp and acts as a natural dehumidifier. 

But, you’ll need to make sure that your prepping and painting it the right way. Cut corners or choose the wrong paint and you’ll be dealing with unwanted issues with your lime plaster and getting ready for a repaint in no time.  

Here we tell you how to prep lime plaster, what paint to use and answer some commonly asked questions. 

Bailey Oates Colour Expert at Earthborn
Bailey Oates

With a passion for all things creative, colour expert Bailey Oates brings a wealth of expertise to the eco-friendly paint company Earthborn. Specialising in interior design and photography, Bailey has been an integral part of the Earthborn marketing team for over three years, where she is responsible for creating blog inspiration, marketing materials, and stunning visuals. Holding a BA Hons in Spatial Design from Liverpool John Moore's University, Bailey's keen eye for colour and design shines through in everything she does.

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.