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Fresh new plaster sucks....

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Paint that is. ;) I'm putting a bid together on painting some fresh plaster walls and ceilings. I rarely ever see new plaster, and recall several years ago getting spanked on materials because the plaster was very thirsty and sucked up almost double the primer I had estimated. Does anybody have a decent/accurate spread rate for an acrylic primer over fresh plaster? I usually use 300 sf per gallon for basic drywall, but know that this plaster is going to suck in way more than drywall would. TIA
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I pulled out some old estimating notes (I tell you, this apple did not fall far from the pack rat's tree) and I used to estimate @ 200 sf/gal - that means I prolly could get 250...... which means real painters should realize 175 - 200 sf/gal.

That's for skim coat over blue board.

Old dry raw horsehair plaster was even less.
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