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Hey guys, I’m excited to do a skim coating tutorial today. So beginning with my wall, I’ve filled in all the holes where there were patches of drywall missing. There was also a seam in the middle of the wall, which was drywall, and I didn’t want it to be ridged, so I went through with my joint compound and knife and feathered it out. So now, when you touch the wall, it feels completely smooth.
Now that the wall is ready, it’s time to prepare for the skim coat. I put down some paper to prep for the skim Coating. It can be messy. I’ve never done this before, but I’ve watched YouTube tutorials. It seems fun and easy, but we shall see. I can’t wait to take you out and show you how to do this. I will probably make some mistakes along the way, which is good because you don’t have to make them.
First, talk about the supplies you need to skim coat. First, you’ll need a bucket, an All-Purpose joint compound, a roller (a thick ¾in. roller is best), a mixing attachment, a 12-inch taping knife, and a 14-inch mud pan. These are a good size, but you could go a little smaller. You don’t need this, but its scooper might be helpful to keep the skim Coating in the bucket.
First, I will put a joint compound in my primary bucket. Then I’m going to add water. I’ll be honest. I am still determining exactly how much. I need to add more later. Next, I Put the mixing attachment onto my screwdriver. I will make sun till the skin coating is about the consistency of yogurt. I’ve never done this before, but this is fun. The consistency you want is for it to drip off a little bit but not fall off the mixer. If it’s too thin, it will just fall off the wall. And if it’s too thick, it won’t spread very well.
The first thing will be to soak the roller in the skim Coating. I want it to be saturated. And I will roll it on the wall a couple of inches away from the edges and do about three feet at a time. This is because I have to do the next step, so you only want a little area Because it’ll dry before I can work with it. I have it on pretty thick because I reviewed it a few times.
Next, I’m going to take my pan and my putty knife and I’m just going to smooth it out. I will start from the top and work down toward the bottom. A tip is to put more weight on the knife’s right side. This is so that it pushes the excess putty out, and the final stroke won’t create an edge. I continued this across the whole wall and let it dry for a few days.
It needs a second coat, so I will show you how to do it better. I started doing the second coat the way I did the first with the roller. But then I realized that there were better rights. So I started putting on the skim Coating with just the taping knife. It was much easier, so I recommend doing it like this.
A little side note: dust is everywhere, and I brought my Robot vacuum in. It’s a vacuum and a mop. If you don’t have one, you need to get one. It is life-changing.
Okay, so now that the second coat is dry and it looks pretty good, I will sand it lightly. I want to show you this new sanding sponge I got, and we’ll see how well it works. It was sold in the same area as a joint compound. It’s supposed to be dustless. You get it wet and use the white side to sand it down and wipe off the wall with the yellow side. I hope this works out because sanding usually creates so much dust it is a hassle. So I dipped the sponge into my bucket of water and squeezed out most of the water.
So once again, use the white side first and then the yellow to wipe off any dust. After trying this out, I’ve decided that this sponge works best for lightly sanding things. If you need to send an area down, use a regular sanding block. Next, we got to work standing. You should always wear a mask when you are sanding. You don’t want to breathe that stuff in. After everything is sanded, we will wipe everything down with the yellow side of the sponge.
After that, we are all done! The skim Coating was fun; I’m happy with how this turned out.