Thanks. because if you wipe your skim coated wall with a damp cloth, it’s going to mess it all up, yes? Subscribing is one of the best ways to get updates, snag DIY tips, and see progress! I have to say it is not easy! Here’s to Ugly Duckling houses ever’where! It might also be a technique issue, because you need to feather out the skim coat in really thin layers so that the thinnest part is near the widow edge so there’s less buildup. Many brands have a subtle texture like cross hatching, which can create a noticeable difference when you paint over the perfectly smooth seams vs. the sorta textured rest of the drywall. I’ve been thinking about just smashing the wall down and starting over because no matter what I did, it never looked smooth like the pros! The layers are thicker and crack easier if a bubble is underneath, and the sanding results are kinda lumpy in ways I don’t want it to be (it’s hard to really put it into words but “weirdly lumpy” was what came to mind). If the rest of your walls get water exposure enough to soak into the drywall seams, it’s likely to ruin drywall altogether. By taking the DIY approach, you can save yourself a considerable amount of money – especially when you learn how to skim coat … Thanks in advance! You give such good lessons. I would highly recommend checking out my follow up post with additional tips for skim coating and the materials to use under/over it. until you get it right. Bottom line. *6 inch drywall taping knife: It does have a rather strong odor but it is worth putting up with for a day to get better looking results. You’re so knowledgeable hahaha. Hello! Reellucky, Thank you SO MUCH! We got a quote from a local painter to skim coat and the quote came in at $600! Mixer drill & paddle. This can also be done with a roller brush if the compound is very thin. And thanks from those of us who realize how tough it is to write clearly and make it entertaining. It will take some practice, but with a steady hand, you’ll get the hang of it in just a few passes. because the previous owners put wallpaper up in most-every room, including our 80-100% humid bathrooms! I’ll also show you how to mix the skim coat with all purpose joint compound. Skim coat is a thin coat of joint compound also known as mud. This will help minimize (or even eliminate) the chance of any peeling paper from bubbling up in your skim coat job. It's been a learn-as-you-go experience. I have just started sharing my DIY passion with the world and I glad to meet a kindred soul. I just bought a house on the water for my wife of 45 years. In this case, would I need to prime before skim coating since there is already a coat of paint on the wall? Flat paint should take 2 coats. This tutorial is more meant for beginners who won’t yet have that kind of skill, but thanks for the tip about the roller application… going to have to try that next time! A drywall contractor estimated $3600 to fix it, and thanks to you, we’re saving ridiculous amounts is money. In some places it's peeling up like paint. It’s kind of like spray painting something: when you go in thinner coats rather than trying for full coverage all at once, the end result tends to look better. Subscribing is one of the best ways to get updates, snag DIY tips, and see progress! Trying to decide if I really need to move them. background: rgb(85, 85, 85); Thanks. The build up on the corners is pretty awful looking but I’m hoping it will sand to a nice corner? I headed to Lowes today to get the drywall supplies. To make things easier, let’s go through the hand-picked primer sealer reviews. Obviously I needed this tutorial first. This holds the prepared compound. Sounds like you’ve got a lot of experience to do this well. This easy step-by-step tutorial shows you how to skim coat damaged drywall after wallpaper removal (with my favorite products that make things easier!). I am in the process of removing wallpaper to find ancient, ugly walls that have been wallpapered, painted, and wallpapered again! Do you think this process would work on plaster, as well? Amazing Tutorial! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ :). Since you probably won’t, and I didn’t, I suggest using the free version:  water. Vinyl wallpaper top layer peeled off ok and DIF took the paper backing down to the glue layer (finally found that good product). I can’t honestly say I have enjoyed the actual work, but I loved following in your footsteps. Yes Sarah ur welcome! It is smooth and hides all imperfections in the drywall beneath it. It’s time consuming to get right so I FULLY believe you that it’s pricey to hire out! You can do a skim coat to smooth out damaged walls with. 90 min., How to install and finish vinyl corner bead drywall finishing, Dewalt 20V MAX Cordless Lithium-Ion 1/2- ” Is the oil-based primer you are referring to the RX-35? How to skim coat a wall in less then 10 minutes Diy Drywall Tips and Tricks to get a smooth finish. I hope you find your answer! Hi, my bud just forwarded me your article. Fun. First, I am not sure why they would hae to scrape and plaster prior to skim … I have done this mant times and have never been disappointed with the outcome. Because of your detailed steps and info, I am tackling our ripped up drywall (curse the 70’s wallpaper fad!). I also live in an UDH. SO helpful! To do it right, you’ll want joint compound, a mud pan, a wet rag, and a much wider knife called a joint knife or taping knife – I chose the 10-incher simply because I’m small, in a small space, and wielding anything larger felt like using a snow shovel – but there are wider versions available at your local Blue or Orange. TapeTech Automatic Taping and Finishing Tools (ATF) are the Gold Standard for professional drywall finishing. I Googled, “how to re-mud a wall” and I was happy to see this about fixing damaged drywall, not just mudding new drywall. By the way, I am not sure how to comment using those profiles so I have to use the anonyamous name. And curse anyone who installs wallpaper, double curses on people who paint over it. Your post made it look easy, but actually it’s a pretty daunting task. Then there’s the “Easy Sand” dry mix series that you add water to thanks for sharing this, oil prime before and after was great tip which I had not found elsewhere. It’s important to be systematic in your approach; any missed spots will be highlighted once you paint the wall. If it’s some kind of patch where the rest of the wall is dirty and you put new joint compound in a section, you should still clean the rest of the wall before painting, but try not to get the joint compound area wet again. Its good to see you figured it out. I like your work station and tool display. I've learn lots. Ha! *wink*, Wow- great tutorial and such a big messy dusty job!! Way to Go! BEFORE to lock any wallpaper glue residue to the wall that might prevent your joint compound from sticking, and AFTER to penetrate your joint compound and harden it so your paint isn’t just sticking to a layer of joint compound dust. This advice was great! Windows and corners are different for how I did each. Please see our full disclosure here. You will never know how much I have enjoyed reading what you’ve written and how much I have benefited from your advice. Messing up with newly applied skim coat will cost your many more hours of time going back to apply more compound. We were quoted about $1k to have it done, so I was motivated to head to the big box store for the supplies and spent $47 bucks…wowzers. Start at the top corner and pull the knife vertically downwards, stopping around halfway, then, once you have rolled the joint compound on the bottom half of the wall, start at the bottom and pull the knife upwards. I know! You should definitely write the post because I feel like it would be so helpful! UPDATE:  I’ve now done this skim coat thing a number of times in the house, and a good tip I learned later from a contractor is this:  use an oil-based primer prior to adding your first skim coat. It made me smile. By applying an oil-based primer, you’re essentially hardening the layer beneath. So I wipe the whole thing down with stuff that traps dust, similar to how you wipe wood down after sanding and before staining (such as a non-oily tack cloth or even Swiffer dry cloths – one of my sponsors just FYI, but I used them for this reason before they ever sponsored me, ha!). Now the glue layer seems permanently welded to the wall despite primer I applied to vinyl-covered wall board (mobile home) before papering. hi sarah! If you’re going to be doing skim coats in several rooms like I am, consider investing in sanding screens instead of traditional wallpaper. But there are times when smoothing and painting an existing layer of wallpaper is the most expedient rout. I have plaster on wood lathe walls. Also, I was wondering if you had any tips for skimming the edges around windows and corners of the room? Taping and sanding is so NOT a favorite job of mine to do because of all the dust… kudos to you for this big job! After the wall is smooth, let the first coat of joint compound dry. I use 90 minute EasySand and found it was the biggest factor in making my skim coat look better. In the future you should try a blue top finishing mud, the green top shown in your pic is for taping and is way harder to sand. I’m not going to tell you my sappy story, I just wanted to let you know that you saved my sanity…and my pride. The main exposed wall was a mess. First of all, we should start by clearing up a myth:  most drywall by itself is not smooth. Bottom line, bathroom walls in general aren’t often hosed down with water to the amount that drywall should be getting soaking wet except in areas meant to be waterproofed (such as a steam room or shower walls where you tile over the wall). I am not sure if it has been noted earlier, but on 6″ and larger blades, there is a slight angle factory set in the blade. Checkout: How to install and finish vinyl corner bead Please ensure you are following proper guidelines with anything used, and seek professional advice if you don’t know how to do something! I took off the wallpaper from our bathroom. I took the wallpaper off the kids bathroom wall, and it was surprisingly easy… but the wall has this weird texture to it, so I haven't painted it yet. I can do this. If you’re a skilled drywall taper or plasterer, you probably use a hawk and trowel to skim-coat walls. What’s the worse that could happen? I could have sworn I’ve visited your blog before but after looking at a few of the articles I I bought Zinsser oil based AllPrime to coat the gluey walls. }, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Contractor Double Pack for Matching Knockdown Texture Sponge, How to skim coat a wall in less then 10 minutes | Diy Drywall Tips and Tricks, Skim Coating Walls for Beginners Tutorial- Tips, Tricks and Tools,, And so glad to have you following! I hired someone to strip the wallpaper of a bathroom. I’m going to try and skim the walls. My question is: Can I apply the mud to the bare wall or should I primer first. Best tool for my skin coating job. A skim coat can take care of these blemishes. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. Re-posting content is not allowed, no exceptions. I have read TONS of posts and watched videos on skim coating but no one except you mentioned clean up. This website was… how do I say it? Before applying either, you want the wall to be as smooth as possible, so you apply mud to fill in any gouges BEFORE you apply primer and paint. Create your smooth finish, and everything after it is easier. Can you use a water based primer in place of an oil one? Really. Once I applied the mud, it stuck like glue. I've found conflicting opinions but puny hands can't stand much more of the glue battle. but the walls look really good; can’t wait to paint and decorate! A blister brush or paintbrush may also be needed for smoothing dried joint compound out. But if you’re a remodeler who does only occasional skim-coating to fix wrecked walls, … If the paint doesn’t show signs of that, you might be ok to skim coat. I felt overwhelmed. The ‘H’ is for DECORATION!” PROGRESS. So glad you found my tips helpful, Jon! Thanks Sarah for this wonderful and helpful post! padding: 8px; Anyway, keep up the great tips! Creating with my suggested methods, materials, and tools is under your own risk. I can’t tell you how much DIYers love hearing success stories from the tips we share! We bought a 1950’s house and – thankfully – there is only one room that really needs a full skim coat. Before we delve into how to skim a wall, you’ll need to gather the correct tools for the job. 210 min. I will let you know how it turns out. Thanks again! It is the strongest of them all, but is hardest to sand and apply…however it dries from the outside in which means you can begin to sand some or apply another coat before completely dry…WARNING if it starts to turn more clayish in the pan you need to dump it and make a new batch- you WILL NEVER sand out the edges once it starts to dry and will have to add more coats around the edges later. In spite of the name, I only get about 45 minute working time so be ready to go once you mix. great tutorial. Grab your oil-based primer and use it to seal your walls once more, then paint it with whatever you want. We just bought (well, a year ago) a 1975 house with a glued onto unprimed/painted drywall laminate backsplash in the kitchen and already painted over wallpaper in every bathroom!! Got a DIY question? What is Skim Coating? This will make it easier to mix large amounts of compound. You’ll eventually want it to be about the consistency of thin pancake mix; if you find yourself thinking “oh, that must be why it’s called mud and not paste“, stop. Thank you so much! Thin it down to how you like to float, about pudding or so. You might need to skim coat if you’re repairing after wallpaper removal, after drywall repairs or ceiling repairs, or even if your walls are just doing the damage from every day where in tear from your family. You need to use sanding screens for it to work properly though. Very helpful as we are now tackling our walls and rippng down wallpaper, and just now found your blog. I had been trying to remove the paint with paint thinner however there are 5 different shades of pink that are on the wall apparently. Typical pre mix: Green, Blue, Purple, Light Green (in order from hardest to sand to easiest) We redid our kitchen, which had 30+ years of various layers of paint and wall paper. I have sometimes experienced that re-wetting the surface causes bubbles if the drywall paper was weak from wallpaper removal. So glad you found my tutorial then! The one I picked up was from a company called Richard. Thank you! As much as I would like there to be, there is no easy button for this. One of the best ways to keep the paper edges from fraying and showing up when you paint is to seal them with a 50/50 mixture of an oil based sanding sealer and paint thinner. Have some patience, and take your time. I am SO going to start using this line… I hope that okay! Here are the tools you will need: Protective sheets (for the floor and furniture). I was literalllllly just looking for blog posts and how-to’s on this, hooray! Joint compound isn’t particularly strong. I have heard you can dump in your yard but I also don’t want my grass to be totally white in some spots. Good tip! I have already feathered some of it in and its starting to look pretty good. I’m like – But.. Learn how your comment data is processed. Tools I used to repair the drywall crack, drywall mistake and door knob holes: Renovating our 1903 Old Style home, we’ve been going through a heck of a lot of wallpaper. You’ll need body filler, hardener, and a plastic squeegee. I work 2 jobs so this has been a never ending few month job. It’s made me feel sane :). At an angle, press the knife against and down the wall, leaving a thin layer of compound on the drywall. I’m sorry to hear you’re having those kinds of issues! Then cut out any ripples or bubbles and cover the edges of the cutouts with fiberglass mesh, mud over those, sand and paint the patches. Once it sets, its sets FAST, so clean your tools … in case you’re wondering, I have 16yrs experience….hope this helps. 6 inch drywall taping knife: Thank you for TOTALLY MAKING MY DAY with your comment :). Thanks much! I’ve been forced to just figure it out myself. My Last Video: t, I am still laughing over your quote at the top of your blog “I'm not going gray, that's just paint in my hair!” haha!! The better the lighting, the easier it will be to see areas where you have missed, scratches and pock marks on the wall, areas that are uneven, etc. The easiest solution is the keep some touch up paint on hand. Consider using a flashlight in one hand and the sander in the other, moving the light around in different angles to make sure you didn’t miss anything. Keep up the good work and especially the blogs. Having to repair drywall after removing wallpaper is not the easiest job and sometimes it can really be a pain. Wasn’t an available formula when I first started DIYing, so it’s a relatively new product. Now you can see the texture. But if you want to save your money, clear up the confusion, and feel more like a pro (who doesn’t? Here’s some of my other videos you might like: So here I found your site & I am so happy because I am running to the store with my list. Thank you!!! It might not be a HUGE mess-up if it’s a quick wipe and more “damp” than “soggy”, but when I’ve wiped down the wall with anything other than a dry cloth, it’s just enough that it shows a little texture from the wipe (which, if it’s bad enough, means sanding it smooth again, which also means you have to wipe down the wall again, and then I’m basically just in some kind of hellish loop that I can’t escape). You only need to apply it on the edges of the damaged paper. I’m subscribing now so you can save me again! :) Thanks for linking up at the Sassy Sites Free For All party! I never sand when I’m doing drywall. I read many forums as well and the solution vary. If you’re repairing a hole in the sheen paint you will need to repair, prime the repair, then paint the whole wall or else the new paint will “flash”…aside from removing wallpaper you do not need to skim the whole wall prior to painting, just feather, sand, and paint properly…and those pesky bits of paper that won’t come off… 80grit sandpaper ;). Would love to see your renovation when you’re all done and ready to show it off! Truly, DAG of Charlotte. Lots of luck and be sure to wear a good breathing mask! Thanks a million! P.S. You can do a skim coat to smooth out damaged walls with. You’ll want to continue doing this across the wall, but since the mud is impressionable until it cures, be careful not to overlap the edges of your various passes across the same wall or else find yourself working to fix a patch of wall you were already done with. So it stay only in the low spots. I tore down a wall between two sections of the same bathroom. Wow! The sanding screens last longer and do not clog like traditional sandpaper, and also come in 220 grit to give your walls a smooth finish. The premixes stay wet longer and dry from the inside out, they must fully dry before more work can be done…this is where the Easy Sand dry mix comes into play. Hey Sarah, I guess I am far behind in reading this, but I am not ashamed that I'm a “newbs” so I'm going to try to not be ashamed of this question… What's the difference between this and sparkling??? I’m still a DIY-er at heart though. Big mistake I have made is that I haven’t properly thinned the joint compound. Great advice! 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