10:17AM | 10/21/02
Member Since: 10/13/02
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Can someone provide with the directions on how to skim coat? In need to do a 20x16 room.

I picked up a large bucket of lightweight joint compound and 10" and a 8" tape knife.

Do I mix the compound with anything? Do I need to treat the walls first (It is going on a wall that has paint over wallpaper)? Do I put something (primer) on it when I'm done before painting? etc.

Mark F


04:27AM | 10/22/02
Member Since: 10/21/02
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I just got done doing this and had very very good results. I used joint compound and mixed with some water, just enough to get it thinner than stock but not runny (it'll spread better). Then I sanded with a 1/4 sheet random orbit sander with 150 grit. It came out great but ruined my sanders motor with the fine dust. When you're ready to paint wipe the walls down with a damp rag to remove dust (just go over it loosley so as not to re wet the compound). Then prime, then paint. This was my first attempt at something like this so it's not too hard. Good luck.


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