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09:23PM | 11/12/13
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I just bought a 100 year old house and stripped off about 5 layers of wallpaper. The walls are plaster and lathe, and not in terrible condition so I am going to attempt to skim coat - there seem to be a ton of differing opinions about how to do this. I am leaning towards rolling on a slightly thinned all purpose joint compound and smoothing with a "magic trowel", as it seems like relatively simple method for a beginner like myself, but was wondering if anybody has experience with this method?

Also, is it necessary to prime the walls before skim coating? Or is there any sort of bonding product I should use, or can I just put the joint compound directly on the plaster?

Thanks!

David, Moderator

02:50PM | 11/18/13
Member Since: 11/15/13
246 lifetime posts
The most important factor is making sure all the glue residue is removed. I have found that it usually requires 2 or 3 hot water wipes to totally remove.
If you have dips that need leveled out, I recommend using 45 or 90 min dura bond since it dries quicker.Then skim over with regular drywall compound and sand smooth when dry.
Priming is a good thing, but I have found that it is not always necessary.
You can thin a little and apply with trowel in a workable area. the compound will begin to set up so you have to work quick. If it begins to set up, you can spray a little water on with a spray bottle.
Hope this was helpful
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