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Yes, you can paint plasterboard directly - it's usually just paper on the outside. (Moisture resisting plasterboard tends to have a foil on on side though, which probably won't take paint well). What paint you use will depend what finish (or colours) you want, but you're unlikely to have problems using either emulsion or undercoat and gloss (or matt or ...


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I would recommend that you reuse the furring. Here is my reasoning It's already there. It will cost more to remove it than reuse it It will provide space to run electrical, network, phone, coax, etc wiring Unless you head height is really low, the 1.5" will not be missed too much. Essentially, you have a 'service cavity'. You can place low profile can ...



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