Drywall Skim Coating

Learn how to apply a skim coating of drywall compound to a wall.

Step 1

Thin joint compound so it's loose enough to apply with a paint roller but not so thin that it's runny. Put a metal paint roller screen into your 5-gallon bucket and you won't have to transfer the material to a tray. Roll a uniform coat onto a wall area of about 40 square feet.

Step 2

Use a 12- to 14-inch drywall knife to immediately strike down the surface. Leave a thin uniform coat with a minimum of tool marks. Deposit the removed material into your drywall tray, then dispose of it. Dumping it back into the bucket could contaminate the batch with dried bits and other impurities from the wall.


Comments (5)
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courierfrenchie wrote:

after i"ve finished skim coating is it ok to paint the repaired drywall

7/22/2010 08:43:20 AM Report Abuse
courierfrenchie wrote:

can I paint after skim coating is dry

7/22/2010 08:41:40 AM Report Abuse
bekkim1 wrote:

I'm trying to smooth a finish for chalkboard paint. I'd like to leave a 'frame' of the original wall/texture around the edge. At what point do I remove the tape so it doesn't crack apart leaving a jagged edge?

12/27/2009 08:27:54 PM Report Abuse
wewviv wrote:

what is the procedure for installing drywall that will come in contact with window glass

11/14/2009 01:43:54 PM Report Abuse
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