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Old 12-11-2011, 10:08 AM   #1
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What should I use for a skim coat?


I just want to skim coat and paint. What should I use? Joint compound? Multi-purpose compound? I don't have a clue ...
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:35 AM   #2
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What should I use for a skim coat?


Prime first with Zinsser's Cover Stain.....yes it stinks but you have staining on that wall that will wick back through the joint compound. I prefer Topping Joint compound for skimming purposes because it's much easier to sand. Been doin it that way for 20 years or so with no problems. It's a fun job, skimming, that is!

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Thank you do much for your help!!! :-)
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All the above plus powdered setting type mud can all be used to skim- but each has it's own qualities.
i see you are down to bare old plaster.
First fix cracks- I like to stabilize with sheetrock screws on either side of a crack, screen tape, set tape with powdered mud, second coat (widen out with 12" blade) with either powdered or topping, full skim with topping like plus 3.
if there is old paper paste or any question of adherence to the plaster, i would give it a quick stabilizing prime first with Zinsser Gardz.
this is a tough job for a first timer btw- I have spent years perfecting my procedure.
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