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.
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.
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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!