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Old 12-29-2008, 06:00 PM   #1
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Roller skim coating - how to

I have seen some videos of people skim coating drywall by using a roller and very thin compound. Anyone know how to do this? Any advice on technique and equipment?


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Old 12-29-2008, 07:40 PM   #2
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I stick with the broad knifes.


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Old 12-29-2008, 07:41 PM   #3
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We do this all the time.

Get a box of all purpose mud. Place about half of it into an empty 5 gal bucket. Using a mud mixer on a drill blend in enough water to get a loose milkshake consistency.

Use a 1 1/2 inch roller cover, dip into the mud and apply to wall. Apply to a small areas then pass a 14" taping knife to smooth it out.

Do a small area first to test the consistency, you may need a little more water or add a little more mud till it feels right. With experience you will be able to mix it by feel, but at first there will be a little trial and error to get it right.

For small areas your probably better off hand tapping. For large areas I set up one guy with a roller and one following behind with a knife. You can really knock out large areas pretty quick.

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Hi everyone, it's mostly trail and error, i have finished drywall for many years and have tried alot of
different methods.I candle my walls and ceilings with light held at a angle to spot imperfections and primer
before paint.Sheetrock brand First Coat is great for smooth finish.
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Do exactly what jensenconstruction said. Also, use a 5 gallon paint grid in that bucket o' mud.
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Old 01-10-2009, 11:00 AM   #6
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Well, I finally tried this out on a small wall that needed to be skimmed. I just used a small amount and a 3inch roller. I was suprised how easy this was. I had to waste some mud and a cheap roller, but it was soooo much easier. It seemed like the results were better also with less touch up and less sanding. This will definaty be my approach for finish skim coats int he future. Thanks for the advice.


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