As in, wallpaper was removed and there are gouges in the wall, and someone painted over the holes and damage without smoothing it first, or painted on top of wallpaper? Then I found your posts. I have diluted and put down the toilet and have also tried cleaning my tools outside although I don’t think dumping it down the sewer drain is the most environmentally friendly method. I just finished a skim coating project using this site and a tutorial on Family Handyman as my guides and wanted to share my experiences. 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). Your Not-So-Serious Guide to DIY Home Improvement, Home Repair, Woodworking, Food, and Decorating | Atlanta, GA | Sarah Fogle. Also, use the mud to pan to remove the excess mud that builds up on the blade. To do it wrong, you’ll need only a bucket of joint compound (“JC” or “mud” as you’ll see in this post) and a 4″ metal putty knife. :) Thanks for linking up at the Sassy Sites Free For All party! The one I picked up was from a company called Richard. It will not properly adhere to the wall and will not look right. Image Credit: Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash The wood or hardboard paneling in your living room or den may have been a good idea when it was installed, but now, perhaps the time has come for a change. Set the squeegee knife against the wall and put it down beginning from the top corner. Good luck with your project! I hope you find these tutorials helpful and conquer your room with ease! I can do this. Joint compound isn’t particularly strong. You can’t just slap it on and expect a smooth finish in the end. Hi there again! *sigh*. Thanks! 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! And when it comes to freshly repaired drywall with lots of skim coated areas like these, I find that this is especially true. (Though I was frightened at first, it didn’t automatically self level for 12 hours.) You should start by prepping the wall surfaces. Thank you very much. No big, right? I'm in the middle of mudding my bathroom walls after removing wallpaper. And, it is also used in situations when only the smoothest surface will do. If the rest of your walls get water exposure enough to soak into the drywall seams, it’s likely to ruin drywall altogether. I got a bathroom mess. They know how to skim coat walls which are heavily looked at or have bright lights over them. Fun. That’s exactly the same as the situation I was in with my walls. I am going to do your method lol i am hoping it will work out well for me lol i am a single female and have never attempted anything like this before lol wish me luck. So, using that approach is something of a gamble, and I have not seen any written evidence that it would hold up over time. https://www.familyhandyman.com/project/how-to-skim-coat-walls Did you just skim around them? I have been skimming nightly in my office and the clean up is absolutely back breaking! Hi, my bud just forwarded me your article. On Family Handyman they recommended a roller. As it turns out I won't have to skim the whole area (thank goodness), just where the scraper dug in and exposed the rock. In this video I'll show you how to do the first coat of two skim coats on a wall to get rid of a knockdown texture. You can also use these tools as second hand. Obviously I needed this tutorial first. I’ve peeled it as close as possible. • Skim Coating Walls & Ceilings. thank you. & the reason you don’t wipe your skim coat with a damp cloth — besides ruining all your hard work — is that primer is different than paint, & primer applied to walls with some dust will not flake off the way paint does. Just like you, gotta go to work and continue the project after hours. That peeling could be due to painting over areas that still had glue residue (but I'm only guessing). I started with DIY projects but then friends kept tapping me on the shoulder for advice so ended up just starting my own company! Okay, so now that you’ve got the right tools for the job, it’s time to get to work. Here is a new and easy to master the approach for smoothing out damaged or rough walls. No, you don't have to take it down to make the change -- and giving it a new face may be easier than you think. Literally. I'll also show how to mix the skim coat and what skim coating … Creating with my suggested methods, materials, and tools is under your own risk. Comment Policy: I love comments, especially if they make me laugh. If using a shiny or sheen paint (any other than flat) you will need a flat or acrylic primer 1st then apply the sheen 2 coats. It will taper the edges and you will have no taping knife marks or trowel. The purpose of wiping down a wall is to get it clean so that the paint can stick to it, because dust and/or dirt will create a bad bond between the paint and wall. If the drywall has been repaired either on the wall or ceiling, it’s going to stand out from the existing drywall. Very helpful as we are now tackling our walls and rippng down wallpaper, and just now found your blog. Next up – priming the walls, getting rid of the painted linoleum floor, installing tile, replacing the vanity, and re-grouting the existing shower tile. I’m finding out this home improvement stuff isn’t for the faint of heart. I have used setting-type compound to repair the water-damaged plaster (not drywall). I spent several hours the other night trying to figure out what the heck I was doing when it came to making my walls look presentable after thinking “I’ll just rip down this wallpaper and paint, and it’ll be a cinch!” No siree-bob. from one single gal to another, I like your realness and ability to tackle the job! I have learned so much from your whole site, but the skim coat stuff was the first bit I found. Although I will be putting wallpaper back up for the design I want, this process is not as bad as I thought. Hopefully, my patience will pay off in the end! When the last coat dries, use 120-grit sandpaper to pole-sand the wall. I can’t tell you how much DIYers love hearing success stories from the tips we share! Skimming the rough or damaged surfaces with a coat of mud using a special squeegee knife leaves a smooth finish on the walls. Our contractor recommended skim-coating the walls to repair them back to an even surface that could be primed and painted, which we had him do. How necessary is it to thin the compound? There is little smooth about them at all. Thank you so much for writing such a thoughtful comment back with great tips! Thanks. Thank you!!! 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!! When it comes to applying 2 or 3 coats of joint compound, it may sound like a lot of work to do. Embarrassing! But, I did get a mask and glasses. But if you want to save your money, clear up the confusion, and feel more like a pro (who doesn’t? Thank you so much for letting me know about your projects. Ha! Glad you found it helpful! Well, since I can't respond directly to Anonymous messages, I'll do my best to answer for everyone who may have had this question. Also keep a mud pan and a damp rag handy. After countless Pinterest searches and scouring YouTube for the best DIY video tutorials, I gathered enough tips, tricks, and strategies that I felt prepared enough to fix my baby boy’s room. Skim coating is a texturing technique used to make a wall smooth. Subscribing is one of the best ways to get updates, snag DIY tips, and see progress! DO NOT USE CHEAPO PAINT. It made me smile. $1 dollar store. Thanks for sharing your journey with us! I have done a few smaller ones in the past but this one might be too big for me. Hi! Skim Coating is to do and also deliver great outcomes. Your directions are easy to understand and real. But if you find that you really liked your first/second/third try if it weren’t for thatlittlemistakethere, stop. 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. I am gonna put it to the test as soon as I am done with this comment and visit Lowes to buy what I need. I've been in the middle of my own wallpaper removal nightmare, lately, so I will be needing to do some skim coating soon! I work 2 jobs so this has been a never ending few month job. Another reason for applying primer after you mud the walls is to make sure that the paint doesn't lose its sheen in any spot (dead giveaway of a patch job). It looks like the dry wall was never taped or skim coated. Unless otherwise stated, all images owned by Sarah Fogle & the Ugly Duckling House. Join compound gets wet again pretty fast. For more on photo licenses and other use permissions, click here (in true UDH style, it’s actually kind of fun and snarky to read). I'm so overwhelmed! Thanks, I really appreciate the information. 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. But the paper covering the entire sheet of drywall is typically not smooth. Remember, you do not have to sand between the two coats. Keep this in mind as I provide my advice…. As you rub it over the surface of the mud it will soften the surface layer of the mud allowing you to work it like you would with sandpaper. Below are some tips on how to repair drywall and skim coat a wall quickly and efficiently. We are thinking about putting up paint-able wall paper with a subtle pattern to keep our original design & colors. Nope, don’t think that was mentioned before! Typical pre mix: Green, Blue, Purple, Light Green (in order from hardest to sand to easiest) I’m sorry to hear you’re having those kinds of issues! Cheers again for your inspiration. Overall you have a good DIY post…if and when one becomes good at it you can skim coats next to each other and over lap them instead of leaving the “fill in” gaps between each coat…the trick is to mud up the side of the blade where you want the mud on the wall and not so much the other, then apply pressure w/ your fingers on the back of the blade where there’s no or less mud…ex: if you’re working right to left then mud the R side of blade and apply pressure to L side which is how we “feather” it…to fallacies noted in the paint aspect: you do not have to use oil base primer and the “smooth” texture comes from multiple coats of paint properly applied and rolled out (depending on sheen). An acrylic primer is technically the best as the acrylic hardens on top, but either will do just fine. 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. I totally revamped my dining room plans and switched out for custom paint colors to get the same blue you have in yours…waaaayyyy better thany original plan. I can't get a straight answer from anyone. This is useful advice, and will be necessary in a lot of situations. What’s the worse that could happen? 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!). It is recommended to use a 1/2-inch-nap roller to roll mud in the area of about 4 ft. Square. hi sarah! 2. Seriously, thank you. You can do a skim coat to smooth out damaged walls with. Getting this right is crucial if you plan on ever looking at your walls. You give such good lessons. You could call it primer failure, or you could call it weak joint compound. You will love the results. this tip, i think, applies only to painting an already-painted wall to a different color WITHOUT making any sort of repairs that require skim coating or sanding, right? This will save your time and you will not end up in frustration. And thanks for the reality check that I have to relive this nightmare if I hope to achieve anything remotely like decent results when I wallpaper. Agreed. I get to sand tomorrow afternoon and night. My windows didn’t have any trim on them, but if yours do, you might consider removing the trim and then trying to get the joint compound smooth and then putting the trim back on. Because of your detailed steps and info, I am tackling our ripped up drywall (curse the 70’s wallpaper fad!). Skimming is effectively a plastering … Good luck! When you get a chance, come back by and see what we've done for the American Crafter's competition… and maybe vote for us too! From when I haven’t thinned it down, it is kind of annoying with the consistency. My process kept the coat of mud fairly thin (it would be practically nonexistent in most areas, and then sanded); I’ve done it in two of the bathrooms and haven’t seen a gouging problem like the one you’re describing, so maybe the 3 coats of mud were too thick? My question is: Can I apply the mud to the bare wall or should I primer first. Skim coating is the best way to achieve a smooth, level 5 drywall finish. 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. ): Tool shopping tips:  All-purpose joint compound is cheap, but I wanted to share a little tip to make things easy for you when shopping at the big box stores. Jump to section: Tools Needed | Sealing Damage | Skim Coating | Sanding | Painting | Cleanup Tips. Sarah – GREAT tutorial! I occasionally talk about other things, like life and food and travel, but it's mostly my obsession with DIY and power tools that you'll find here! But your blog has helped me realize the length and dust is normal. thanks for sharing this, oil prime before and after was great tip which I had not found elsewhere. While the idea sounds great and certainly lessens the dust (which does go everywhere), I found that I could not sand rapidly or precisely enough using the attachment. 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!). But I have had less luck when repairing damaged drywall with the sponge method. At an angle, press the knife against and down the wall, leaving a thin layer of compound on the drywall. Going to see about that for the guest bath ASAP! My opinion is still relatively the same as when I first wrote this post. 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. Tag me on Instagram @uglyducklingDIY or use the hashtag #uglyducklinghouse to show off your projects! I’m feeling super frustrated and at a loss with what to do. A tip I learned a couple of float jobs ago is to get rd of the sand paper. We should have replaced the drywall, but instead, we floated the entire surface of the wall; 3 coats of mud. Am thinking to skim coat, then spray on orange peel oil based texture, more primer and paint. So glad you found the site, Judy! I read this blog post months ago and just read it through again. Any other suggestions? Too much for me at that angle so I guess I’ll have to sheetrock over the ceiling and start fresh. If you need to fill in a thick texture on a large area, use setting compound to make the deep fills and build up the finish and then use ready-mixed for the last couple of coats. Hi there. Skim coat is a thin coat of joint compound also known as mud. If you start to see the blade of the knife get gunky even after scraping the excess off, use a wet rag to wipe clean and begin again. Do these techniques for skimming walls work the same for skimming ceilings? Glad it helped! Choose between a dry powder you mix with water and a premixed mud. After peeling the paper off in my dining room, I noticed that the first skim coat would sometimes bubble slightly when the paper layer was weak or peeling (and although you can spend hours removing each peeling piece, it’s impossible to eliminate this possibility 100%). Right there with ya! 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. But there are times when smoothing and painting an existing layer of wallpaper is the most expedient rout. The mixture must be thin enough to roll on the surface of the wall. Truly, DAG of Charlotte. Here in Charlotte, NC, we have similar weather to yours (aka mega-humidity-issues) and as a result, I’m cussing up a storm (you’re my kind of honest/forthright woman!) I actually hadn’t thought about getting taping knives of different sizes. If the paint doesn’t show signs of that, you might be ok to skim coat. great tutorial. Feel free to let your words of wisdom and humor fly (there's no swear jar on this blog), but if you're overly spammy, rude, or just plain boring, you're just going to have to accept that your comment may not see the light of day. I had the same problem after smoothing a wall in a high traffic area. Day 2- scape any high spots with your 6″ drywall knife and then apply another skim coat to the area. The biggest secret for a smooth skim coat is to keep the taping knife at about 10 degree angle to the wall, and don’t use too much pressure. I chose a hand/pole combo sander so that I have the option to use a pole extension for the ceiling areas, and also a comfortable and controllable grip to get the areas closer to the floor. It’s a judgment call, eventually you get a feel for what will work and when. I am working to smooth out the walls in my San Francisco house that was built in the late 1990s with that horrible orange peel texture. ********************************************. The screens attach to either hand or pole sanders, and you can also buy kits that attach to standard shop vacs to keep the dust level down. Make sure to trowel off each successive layer at a right angle to the previous layer. We removed wallpaper from our kitchen walls only to find plaster, drywall, and I swear what looked like sandpaper underneath! If you have really heavily texture patterns, the first coat will not produce perfectly smooth walls. Preparation for Skim Coating Walls. This advice was great! here it is May and I am STILL sheetrocking!!! Skim coating takes time and effort. So glad you found my tutorial then! In the drywall aisle you should be able to find a large closed cell sponge, about the size of 2″x3″x8″long. After you are satisfied with the skim coat and it has had time to dry, the next task is to sand. Think of primer as a precursor to paint. *wink*, Wow- great tutorial and such a big messy dusty job!! We have a pretty good sized hole in our living room wall and “no one knows where it came from.” I don’t really know a lot about doing the repair myself so I might leave this one to the professionals. We redid our kitchen, which had 30+ years of various layers of paint and wall paper. This is great. Is there anything that can be done to make the walls smooth if paint was applied before skimming? When doing the top half of the wall, compound should be smoothed down from the top, and then the bottom half can be by smoothing compound up from the floor. Do you have any tips for what you’ve done? The only time I’ve ever had an issue with paint peeling off of fresh joint compound is when I was lazy and tried to use the paint primer combo that is so popular these days it refused to stick. Ha. And what is the purpose of this blog, if not to pass on the knowledge I’ve picked up? Reellucky, Thank you SO MUCH! At the end of the day if I had some mixed joint compount (I tried to use only what I needed to minimize it), I scraped the majority into a trash bag and really tried to get as much as I could off with my taping knife so there was very little to clean. If the walls are firm with perhaps an occasional crack or hole, then you can skim-coat them. I’ve been following your blog for years and have finally got to using your tips. I have already feathered some of it in and its starting to look pretty good. And thanks from those of us who realize how tough it is to write clearly and make it entertaining. We got a quote from a local painter to skim coat and the quote came in at $600! Got a question? ” Is the oil-based primer you are referring to the RX-35? I just want to say thank you for sharing what you’ve learned. Hope that helps! I’m so glad you found this post helpful, Cheryl! Finally, I bought the drywall hand sander kit (vacuum attachment) suggested in this article however, I did not end up using it much. Thanks much! Skim coating is a quick and simple solution for repairing damaged walls. For example, you will do two thin coats when you apply it to metal surfaces. This tutorial is so good…probably the best one out there, I even had a few laughs; I.e., take a shower woman! Thin it out, and it’s even weaker. The purpose of priming is to seal the wall so that the skim coat doesn’t bubble. Just trying to help you out next time. But, I’m learning. Create your smooth finish, and everything after it is easier. You should definitely write the post because I feel like it would be so helpful! Water-based stain killers like Zinsser’s Bulls Eye 1-2-3 primer will work well and you will not have any complaints from your customers about the smell. In addition to the right tools, you’ll also need the right lighting to do a proper sanding job. Really. Should I tape it and try to make it work or is it too far gone and should replace the dry wall? is that right? Rinse the sponge every few minutes and ring it out well. Great tutorial, you made a most messy job sound very easy & fun. Thank you so much for putting your experience out! Thank you!! And I’ll do my best to answer (based on my personal experience, though of course I’m not a pro! If a whole wall is being done, then it's best to do it in halves, dividing walls horizontally down the middle. Thanks for the tutorial! Hip hip, hooray. I can do this. came across it and I’ll be book-marking it and checking back regularly! And so glad to have you following! From the moment we started this job, I knew what I had found was working. As you will need to apply 2-3 coats and let each one the coats dry in between. Anyhow I put a link on my blog to this page. Skim plastering is the ultimate makeover for your walls – allowing you to wave goodbye to lumps and bumps and say hello to smooth, even surfaces, primed for decorating. This won’t change your price, but may share some commission. Thanks! Luckily, my kids love me, so they don't complain about their drywall bathroom :). Your advice would make sense if all of the bathroom walls were consistently exposed to HIGH levels of moisture rather than the occasional splash like near a sink. If someone didn't skim after removing wallpaper and the wall is bumpy because they didn't smooth certain areas, you could either try sanding the wall a fine grit sandpaper sponge (depending on how extensive the surface is damanged) and repainting or you'll have to skim over the areas, smooth down, and prime and paint. The walls weren't prime, so when I removed the wallpaper on 1 wall I said their is no turning back. Try to fill in spots as smooth as possible to avoid having to re-sand later (though I did just for good measure). Well he didn’t do the job, and cut into my kitchen, hallway, stairway. You’re so knowledgeable hahaha. I prefer the thinned out way because the thinner layers have led me to a smooth sanding job. So remember:  it’s not impossible, but you will have to put in the time to see satisfactory results. I copied your article and I'm ready to help him get one room at a time done. Next, turn on your radio or set up some kind of music (like my playlist), because this is going to take a while. We mix and as needed continue adding water. really dig the reality and detail. Hello! Triple on those who texture over it. Thank you for this. Skim coating walls for beginners tutorial video I will show you how to skim coat by doing a skim coating demonstration with my paint roller trick and a 12" drywall taping knife. They make versions that can attach to a ShopVac and to a pole as well. until you get it right. I can’t thank you enough for this tutorial. I could have sworn I’ve visited your blog before but after looking at a few of the articles I I took off the wallpaper from our bathroom. Lots of luck and be sure to wear a good breathing mask! Make sure to mix all-purpose joint compound in about the same consistency as mud that you would use for bedding the tape. I was just going to call a professional . Skim coating should be done in about 3 feet square sections, so that there's time to smooth the compound before it dries. Now the glue layer seems permanently welded to the wall despite primer I applied to vinyl-covered wall board (mobile home) before papering. This will not only help the paint stick, but will also give you a nice, smooth finish to accept your new paint job. Thanks again! Panel construction is another example of showing this drywall mud's job. Fantastic instructions it’s people like you that help make jobs easier. I love that you tell me all the things NOT to do, that I would have ordinarily done. I have read TONS of posts and watched videos on skim coating but no one except you mentioned clean up. Thinned-out-lightweight-ready-mix-top coats don’t dry hard, they are forever chalky, and water-based primers that only stick to the top layer of dust can’t stand up to painters tape. 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. In this video I'll show you how to do the first coat of two skim coats on a wall to get rid of a knockdown texture. Once dry, the wall can be painted, wallpapered and otherwise decorated as normal. I may even try to use a roller in some of the smoother areas. Did you have to work around windows? I found this tool not to be helpful and feel you should go with the taping knife listed here – it worked a lot better. I’m like – But.. 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. It does have a rather strong odor but it is worth putting up with for a day to get better looking results. The mud smooths out the wall, primer will coat the entire wall, and then the paint will stick to the primer. Thanks! Well done. Thanks a million! The ‘H’ is for DECORATION!” I am the worse drywaller … getting by the project but a looong way off. Thank you! I love hearing when people are using my tutorials to fix their homes! It can also be applied with a paint roller for high-quality smoothness. I can’t thank you enough! So, I’ve began my quest to strip & refinish the walls in those spaces, and I’m thankful for your wisdom and your sense of humor, but perhaps even more importantly, I was inspired to tell you the true story of my artist/daughter, Sarah. I kept googling & kept googling because no one gave me a direct answer. As hard as I tried to get the wallpaper off evenly, and really I DID, and I think it would have been a LOT worse without the removal product I found, the hard truth is that I’m working with old drywall. All knowledgeable experts say that red-mixed, light, prepared joint compound should not be used for skim coats in a bathroom, because those kinds of joint compounds will soften/dissolve when exposed to water after they are applied and dry. The downside of having all boys is that you will have to repair your drywall on numerous occasions! Now I see that I was using waaaaay too thick a compound. Ahhh!! In this case, would I need to prime before skim coating since there is already a coat of paint on the wall? And curse anyone who installs wallpaper, double curses on people who paint over it. in case you’re wondering, I have 16yrs experience….hope this helps. Also try a knock down trowel they are very wide and can spread out and skim coat much quicker. Eventually, it will need to be repainted anyway, and after a few coats of paint have hardened (they cure slowly), the walls will be as durable as any others. Our bathroom has wallpaper on it that I’ve been working on getting rid of for a few months now. Love this! I O-ficially love your site! I’ve tested it out in various places on the wall, and so far it’s miles above traditional sandpaper or blocks. I’m subscribing now so you can save me again! They’re listed here, including the primer I like best! If your walls are slightly uneven or damaged, skim coating a light coat of drywall mud over the surface evens them out. We are also scraping popcorn ceilings. I wouldn’t worry about little ridges since those can be sanded out and another coat put over them once smooth. Wow! I tried skim coating it on my own and stopped halfway through. Since even lightweight joint compound needs to be thinned out a bit for skim coating work, you might want to stir in thin texture compound if you have some. I am so glad i found this. Renovating our 1903 Old Style home, we’ve been going through a heck of a lot of wallpaper. Any help is appreciated! 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