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The contractors used duct tape to tape up my windows for an outside job to prevent lead/asbestos from spreading into my apartment. Now, duh, the paint has peeled off my skim coat job. It's just the area around my window, and I don't want to redo the entire kitchen. Obviously, I don't trust the contractors to do the repainting, so I was thinking of just repainting the wall that surrounds the window myself. What kind of paint should I use so it somewhat matches the shiny skim coat finish?
 

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Skim coat to me means a thin coat of plaster or sheet rock compound, so how does paint come into play?
Going to have to remove the film left behind by the tape before doing anything.
 

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Well, the duct tape likely pulled off paint and some of the joint compound used for the skim coating. You're going to have to do a light skim coat job to even things out. Sand, remove the dust, prime, and repaint with the same paint that was used on the rest of the wall.
 

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I also don't understand what was used to get a shiny skim coat. A pic could help a lot.
 
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