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What is Skim Coating?

Any long-time homeowner will know that over time, walls can develop imperfections. Maybe you have shallow gouges from everyday wear and tear, signs from ripped wallpaper, or some spots with chipped paint. If you think that you need to completely replace your drywall to make your home look brand new again – skim coating may be the solution for you.

When to Skim Coat

Skim coating can be a time consuming and tedious project. However, it’s especially desirable in areas of critical lighting. This may be a underneath a skylight or in a hallway with a light source that shines on the walls. Any walls with gloss or even semi-gloss paint are good candidates for skim coating as well because reflective paint tends to exaggerate defects.

The Technique

A skim coat, also known as a level-five drywall finish, is a thin coat of diluted joint compound that can be applied by hand, paint roller or spray rig. Skim coating is a texturing technique used to make a wall smooth. Drywallers use the technique to hide an imperfect taping job to give the wall a plaster-like appearance. This skim coating process is the only way to achieve a level 5 drywall finish, which a number of trade associations, including the Painting and Decorating Contractors of America, recommend for areas of bright or critical lighting.

Skim Coating in New Construction

If you’re dealing with new construction and have drywall that isn’t going to receive any texture, you should consider a light skim coat. This will ensure a uniform surface to prime and paint. This coat will also ensure that new paint absorbs evenly and looks its best. This is especially important with paint that has a sheen.

Denver Skim Coating Services

This process is oftentimes the most affordable and time effective way to bring new life into your interior walls. Consider this process in any remodels or new construction projects. If you have an applicable situation, let us know. We’re happy to give expert advice on your project and bring in our professional team to help!

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Skim Coating: When and How to Use It

Skim coating is used to improve the look of damaged and ugly walls and ceilings. A skim coat, or a “level-five drywall finish”, is a thin coat of diluted joint compound. Depending on your experience level, skim coating can be applied by hand, paint roller, or even with a spray rig, then it’s smoothed with a drywall knife or trowel.

You’ll want to use skim coating for any uneven surfaces before you paint or re-texture them. Here are a few situations where applying a skim coat is a good idea.

Wallpaper Removal

As we all know, most homes are moving away from wallpaper application. If you’re remodeling an old home or removing some temporary stylish wallpaper, you may want to consider a skim coat to even out the surface before repainting.  If wallpaper removal damages the drywall behind it with gouges or when the drywall outer paper gets torn off exposing the brown paper underneath, you’ll want to apply at least two coats to perfect the surface.

Resurfacing

Skim coating can be used on both walls and ceilings and is a great option if you’re dealing with outdated or poorly applied texture. Skim coating will provide a brand-new surface to the drywall without having to completely remove the wall and start anew. This fresh texture provides the perfect blank canvas for new paint.

New Construction

If you’re dealing with new construction and have drywall that isn’t going to receive any texture, you should consider a light skim coat. This will ensure a uniform surface to prime and paint. This coat will also ensure that new paint absorbs evenly and looks its best.. This is especially important with paint that has a sheen.

Skim Coating for You

This process is oftentimes the most affordable and time effective way to bring new life into your interior walls. Consider this process in any remodels or new construction projects. If you have an applicable situation, let us know. We’re happy to give expert advice on your project and bring in our professional team to help!

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Wall Retexturing for Your Home’s Interior

Here at Paint Denver, we tackle all kinds of interior renovations for our clients. Oftentimes, we come across clients who have removed some wallpaper or wainscoting, or recently relocated a door or a window, and need wall retexturing services.

If you don’t know exactly how you’re going to get that flat, unadorned piece of drywall to blend in with the texture on the rest of your home’s interior, you’ll need a retexturing treatment.

Tools You’ll Need for Wall Retexturing

If you’re considering tackling this project on your own, there are a number of tools you’ll need to get the job done.

In order to properly retexture your wall, you’ll need drywall mud – and lots of it. You’ll mix this compound up until you reach the right consistency, it should feel like cake batter. If there are any puncture marks, holes, dips, or other imperfections in the wall, you’ll want to even those out with the compound and a putty knife.

In total, you’ll need about 8 tools:

  • Drywall mud
  • Work cloths
  • Drill and mixing attachment
  • Trowel
  • Putty knife
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paint roller
  • Texture brush

DIY Wall Retexture or Hire a Pro

If you’re a DIY fan and want to tackle this project yourself, more power to you! However, depending on the size of your home, this project could take a long time, not to mention the cost of the supplies to get the job done. Depending on whether you’re creating a smooth, flat finish, or adding texture to a wall for design aesthetic. It definitely requires finesse and patience to master the technique it takes to create a perfectly smooth wall.

Drywall work can get really messy. Professionals know to cover the floors, mask everything off and contain the dust. The pros will also have all the equipment for taping and mudding. Balancing time against money is always a factor when deciding whether to do something yourself or hire a professional. This is a time that we strongly suggest hiring a professional, as this is not an easy job to take on on your own.

Paint Denver Wall Retexturing

If you do decide to hand this project over to the pros, the team at Paint Denver is happy to help. If you’d like to get a free quote, give us a call or contact us online!

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