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I am attempting to do a skim coat over our old walls after tearing out some wallpaper. My first coat is cracking as it dries. My guess is it's a combination of putting it on too thick and/or mixing the mud too wet (I don't think it was that wet, but I've read that is a common cause of cracking).

Anyway, what is the best solution? Can I fix it with my second coat by just going over it and filling the cracks? Or should I start over? Will the strength be compromised?

I have done a fair amount of drywall taping and mudding; but this is my first real skim coat job. Sometimes it takes me a little while to find my technique. The tutorials all make it look so easy.
 
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