I have been using the Devine Green line of paints for some time and I love them. The colors are great, the quality of the finish is fantastic, and the “Green Building Value” of the product excellent. Let me start this post by saying that the problems I have had are not a result of the paint, but something else entirely. I have run into a new problem with a house we completed some time ago. The paint on the walls is just barely attached to the surface in several places. It may be the result of fine dust in the house while the painting took place. There were tile setters and finish carpenters in the building a few rooms away. That could be the simple answer; however, in the process of my research on the subject I learned that if the plaster has not completely cured, the alkaline levels in the plaster can inhibit the paint from bonding to the walls.
Most plasters need about 28 days to fully cure. The biggest problem with this is that the time line usually does not allow for waiting 28 days before the paint is applied. Most critical paths assume that one trade will move quickly to the next. To put off painting would mean putting off cabinets, flooring, and everything else associated with the finish of the house until after the paint is completed. You will either have to plan for this in your critical path, or paint after all of the finishes are in place. Painting after the installation of the finishes is fine but it means a lot more prep work is in order to protect the finish materials. This is something to consider before you get running down the path towards home construction!