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Old 11-11-2011, 04:44 PM   #1
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Skim Coating an older ceiling? Need Advice


In the hallway of my home I have an older plaster ceiling that has been painted with a nap that has left a light texture on the ceiling. It has a few cracks in the paint (not deep in the plaster) from me doing work in the attic, so I was considering skimming the entire ceiling.

Is this ideal? Would it work or just crack again? I don't expect to be doing anything in the attic anymore so there won't be any weight or movement above. Considered going over it with 3/8 drywall but the plaster is actually in good shape so if I could skim it successfully I'd go that route first.

I'm more interested in getting rid of the light texture from the nap of the roller and paint, and a light skim would probably do the trick.

Would I use a pre-mixed all purpose or lightweight compound? Or would I mix up my own powder setting joint compound, or a powder plaster type mud??

I saw Fiba-Tape sells a giant roll of joint adhesive that is a good 30" wide. Was thinking it might be ideal to stick that to the ceiling, and then skim away.

I've never skim coated a large area like this, is it too much trouble for a DIY type guy???

Any tips on materials and technique appreciated

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