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Old 07-24-2011, 08:51 PM   #31
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Hey there is a reason the phrase "A woman's touch." exists. With practice she probably could do better than me. I let try it a little bit and she didn't care for it to much, but there was some interest I'll get her to try again in the next room.

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Been a long time since I posted but I went and skim coated the walls. Wasn't as hard as I thought. I used a slightly watered down lightweight compound roller and the magic trowel/ 6" knife for the corners. Started with a 12" knife, but me being a novice the magic trowel worked wonders. Got the the hang of the knife later on, wouldn't call me a pro, but I can get the job done in a few more coats than a pro can (not as fast putting it on either.) I'll upload another picture later. Anyone else in a similar predicament I recommend skimcoating. Attachment 35738
I found your post and thank heavens I did! I want to paint with a matte finish over some eggshell-painted walls, which have an orange-peel texture. I have investigated sanding with an elec. sander, which I thought might work, but it took way too long to do a small area. So tell me about this skim coating...any tricks to use that would make the job go well? I really don't want to make a lot more work for myself, and my hubby is getting antsy to have this room finished so I can go on to another project - LOL
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I found your post and thank heavens I did! I want to paint with a matte finish over some eggshell-painted walls, which have an orange-peel texture. I have investigated sanding with an elec. sander, which I thought might work, but it took way too long to do a small area. So tell me about this skim coating...any tricks to use that would make the job go well? I really don't want to make a lot more work for myself, and my hubby is getting antsy to have this room finished so I can go on to another project - LOL
Get your husband a putty knife and have him help . Search this site. There are lots of threads with great tips for skim coating.

Bottom line: it takes practice, and you will get better the more hours you do it.
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I tried sanding the paint as well and it takes forever. I am definitely happy with the results of skim coating. Some things I noticed while skimming is, doing parts of the wall that was uneven with a stronger less flexible blade worked best. For the rest of the wall something more flexible like a blue steel knife, squeegee (in my case the magic trowel) was easier and faster. The best thing I can tell you as a fellow novice is get joint compound and water it down to a pancake batter consistency and use a paint roller 1/2" or larger to roll the compound on the wall. Than come back and smooth it out with the knife. The last wall in the room my Mrs. used the magic trowel while I rolled. It required a nice sanding afterwards but she is now willing to help. Most people hand sand with a block. I am used to painting extremely glossy surfaces like cars, aircrafts so I used an orbital sander hooked up to a shop vac to suck up a lot of the dust, a lite, and finger tips. It definitely speed up the process. Just be sure to shine the lite down the wall at a sharp angle to look for high and low spots. The first wall took me about four coats (I sucked) than every wall after that got less and less. Now I can do it in about 2 coats with maybe a few touch ups. Not as fast as a professional, but with practice it gets a lot easier.

Be sure to either prime that wall first before skimming or scuff the crap out of it. Your aim is to take some of the sheen off the wall and give the mud something to stick to. After skimming, prime the skimcoat, look for low/high spots, prime again (you will probably need 2 coats of primer) and paint. Crank up some music and GIT-R-DONE, You can do it

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Crank up some music and GIT-R-DONE, You can do it
- I like streaming movies/tv to my laptop or phone while I skim coat.

- I also shoot to sand as little as possible. I always try to be 'filling in' voids rather than sanding off high spots. If I've got any high spots I'll try and knock them off with the knife before they get rock hard.

- I'm willing to work really really hard with my knife/trowel for an almost perfect finish. In my last room (15 x 17 foot) I only spent around 30-40 minutes at the very end on any sanding.

- I've been really unhappy using the thinning and roller technique. It was too time consuming to roll compound on, put down roller, pick up knife, knife smooth, then start with the roller all over again. I am MUCH faster with just a tray of compound and a knife.

- I err on the side of mixing too little compound rather than trying to work compound that is starting to set up. (IMO, premixed is not worth using) I also mix different amounts depending on the job. Sometimes I'm using 2 gallons at a time; sometimes two cups.
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Picture below is after skim coat with primer on the wall (no paint) and some new molding...still needs more work, but u can see the results of the skim job.

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Very nice! Now prime it and use the good stuff!
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Picture below is after skim coat with primer on the wall (no paint) and some new molding...still needs more work, but u can see the results of the skim job.

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Ditto on the good primer. Looks super good.

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