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05:05AM | 03/29/99
I have several walls in my house (built in the early 50s) where the skim-coating - about 1/16 of an inch - is cracking and no longer fixed to the base gypsum (which I believe is competely intack). After doing some reading and searching on the Internet, I learned that I could remove the skim-coating, apply a coat of shellac to the walls, and apply a new skim-coat.
My question is: would I need to reapply a skim-coating? Could I remove the skim-coating from my walls, apply the shellac, and paint without replacing the skim-coat? And, do you have any tricks for removing the skim-coating that is still bonded to the gypsum base? This would be a much easier solution than drywalling over the walls or reskimming.
Thanks in advance.


05:26PM | 04/02/99
Don't use shellac!

Shellac is a bond breaker

It may last a little while.....till some moisture hits it....then you'll need to start issuing hard hats at the front door!

Just remove the loose white coats and install new white coat with lime/gauging mix.

All will be just fine then.


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