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Skim Coat Walls Guide

Skim Coat Walls

You may have just moved in into your new tiny house and realize that the walls are not as appealing as you would have wanted them to be. An appealing wall is not just about the color of the paint on it, it also needs to have a coat that makes it feel extremely smooth in texture. Without this, you will either get to notice surfaces of roughness or areas that did not get completely finished as the house was being built. In case you are going through this, you may need a do it yourself exercise that involves a few steps. This is the skim coating of your wall. The steps involved in it include;

Prep your walls

Here, you will need a mud pan to mix the mud. The mixture is done a step at a time to aid in the skim coating. This step will not necessarily fill any holes that may be in the wall and it may need to be done right and a few times. The mixture needs to be thick so that once you start coating the walls, it will cover all the dents and unnecessary areas you will need to keep covered. Ensure that as you coat, you are only skimming the needed areas. Spreading this into unwanted surfaces of your wall may leave stains.

Apply the first skim coat after the mixture

Ensure that as you are applying the first skim coat, your knife is placed at a 30 degrees’ angle. Immediately you are done, you need to again go back and skim any excess mud that may be on the wall. This helps to give the consistency of the soft surface that you are hoping to achieve. It will also help to get rid of any lumps that may dry up on the surface if not worked on immediately.

Apply the second skim, this time to coat

The same technique you applied on the first coat here will apply. The only difference will be the movement of the knife. If your first skimming was done horizontally, you do it vertically this time. This is to help give a levelling to the surface and also contributes to the smooth feeling you want to achieve on the same surface.

You may need to remember that the soft surface will not be achieved by two rounds of skimming. There may be a second and a third of the same activity. As you do so, get rid of any dust using a dump cloth.

Once you are done with the skim coating on your wall, you may need to allow it to dry. Allow it dry completely before you can begin to sand. Sanding is the final step to taking away any excess mud that may be on the already skimmed wall. Once this is completely done and all the dust on the surface has been removed, you can now paint your wall with the paint colour of your choice.  The only extra ordinary thing about skimming is that it will need a lot of your time but this still makes it a do it yourself exercise.

Ken Walker
the authorKen Walker
My name is Ken Walker and I am on a journey to shrink my lifestyle. I truly believe that the best things come from living outside of your comfort zone. And in this case, living off-grid in a tiny home. Join me by following along.

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