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Old 01-10-2014, 03:25 PM   #1
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I have a small entrance/vestibule? area that is in need of TLC. Breaking all the plaster and subsequent lath is certainly an option, but for all those out there I have a question:

Based on the pics, is it recommened or possible to skim over this wall with lightweight compound to create a nice finished look ? If so, how do I properly get the compound to adhere? With a plaster primer ?

I'd also like to retain the plaster detail on the ceiling, although that appears to be tricky for a plaster n00b as my self -- curious to here tips from both the old and new timers.




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Harry.

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Harry from pic one you need to test to see if the plaster is loose. It is kind of hard to tell if that is what is happening or that is the texture. If that is just texture you may need to sand down those real high spots. They don't have to be flat but to make them smaller will make skimming easier.

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Harry from pic one you need to test to see if the plaster is loose. It is kind of hard to tell if that is what is happening or that is the texture. If that is just texture you may need to sand down those real high spots. They don't have to be flat but to make them smaller will make skimming easier.
Thanks for the replies. ToolSeeker, I plan to scrap and sand down as much texture as I can. Once that's done, is there a specific type of primer i should place on the wall in order for the skimcoat to take ? I've heard the new ultralightweight joint compound is easy to apply, even with a roller. Don't know if that's recommended in this application.

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You shouldn't need to use a prime to skim coat especially since your going to sand. To be honest I really like the ultra for skim coating. The roller method has not worked very well though unless the wall was really pretty smooth to start with. One thing about the ultra I have found is that if you thin it and don't use it all right now. Then like the next day it is very runny.
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Here's a recent thread on the Painting forum that may be of help:

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