Help With Skimming.

Questions about the application of the finish coat

Types of Questions

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Any questions relating to plastering technique, materials or anything to do with plastering yourself.

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To avoid being drawn into arguments - I cannot answer questions relating to work that plasterer's have carried out.




If you're having general skim coat problems this is where you can ask a question. Before you do just check the Previously Asked Questions first as the answer may already be there.


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Previously Asked Questions

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Skim coat on damaged plasterboard 
Hello Paul, I have a room which used to have some sort of washable paint. We have removed the paint - which was applied onto the plasterboard directly, …

maximum time interval limits between coats when skimming 
hello Paul, and many thanks for your very helpful videos on u-tube, which helped me get up the nerve to try skimming my bathroom walls - you make it look …

Setting too quickly 
I use good quality plaster and also check the date on the bag but every time I do some plastering it goes off within 10 minutes or so the consistency …

Flat Plaster Not rated yet
How flat is flat in terms of plaster? I'm not a plaster but I often have need of a good one on renovations, so far I haven't had much luck. It's been …

2nd coat when 1st coat has set Not rated yet
I had to stop plastering following my first coat so it has styled out. Can I still apply the second coat or do I need to do something first? Thanks …

Skimming Old External Corners Not rated yet
Hi Paul, Thanks for your online plastering school...it's very helpful and refreshing to have an expert not say 'plastering is too hard...get a professional' …

Plaster Around a Door Frame Not rated yet
Hi Paul, I have watched all the videos and I am going to start to plaster tomorrow on one of the smaller walls. The question I have is where is the …

Wall order Not rated yet
Newish to plastering, if I can manage to get 1st coats onto 2 walls should they b opposite walls? Answer Yes

Order of walls and ceiling Not rated yet
Hi Paul, I have three small walls and a small ceiling I'm going to plaster. Is there a recommended sequence? I was thinking ceiling then walls clockwise. …

Skimming a corner ... Not rated yet
Hi Paul, After watching lots of your clips decided to give it a go. Tuned into a bit of a mare as its an old house (lots of the original skim and backing …

Skimming a large wall -To Join or merge? Not rated yet
I've recently done a couple of minor skimming jobs which have gone well and was going to tackle a larger wall. Although I've had quite good results so …

Plastering plasterboard Not rated yet
I'd be grateful if you could answer me a couple of questions: I've put all my angle beads on to plasterboard using a bit of dot and dab adhesive. When …

sraight lines Not rated yet
how is the best way to get perfect straight lines on inner corners and straight lines from ceilings to wall? Answer BACKING COAT Use a straight …

Skimming up a staircase, under dado rail Not rated yet
Hi Paul, I have been making solid progress with my skimming thanks to your video and guidebook.However I am a bit unsure about how to adapt your grid …

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