05:15PM | 11/03/13
I just had my kitchen ceiling "repaired". The skim coated areas are not smooth. The ceiling has been primed and painted. I didn't see the poor work until the lighting changed.

I am looking for a new contractor. I believe the new paint should be sanded to achieve a better bond with the drywall compound. The paint is Benjamin Moore latex kitchen and bathroom paint. This is an older house built in 1958 and the ceilings and walls are actually plaster.
The contractors say sanding before the first layer of skim coat is not necessary.
Your opinion is most appreciated.

Thank-you. Cathy

David, Moderator

02:27PM | 11/23/13
Member Since: 11/15/13
262 lifetime posts
I am not absolutely sure what you mean when you talk about sanding the paint but here are my thoughts.
From the sound of it, you had a section of plaster taken out and then replaced with drywall.
I have done this many, many times. The challenge is to end up with a finish that blends in. It usually takes about 4 or 5 skim coats to achieve this along with patience and skill. I have seen many instances where people have tried to do it in 1 or 2 coats and as soon as paint is applied, the patch shows up like a sore thumb.
It sounds to me like the seams were not feathered out or sanded properly.
An experienced person should be able to apply a patch without it being an eyesore.
Hope this was helpful.
Good luck

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