What is a skim coat and its purpose?
Have you noticed newly developed cracks in the drywall? If so, it is high time to do some repairs. One of the easiest ways to get rid of shallow cracks, bad taping and other minor imperfections is skim coating.
What is a skim coat?
It is a thin layer of diluted joint compound that is commonly used to make a wall look smooth and flawless.
When should you apply a skim coat?
The problem with a skim coat is that the majority of people don’t know when it needs to be applied. In order to save your time, money, and efforts, we have made a list of common cases when a skim coat is a must.
- When installing new drywall.
Skim coating will help to achieve a flat and uniform surface.
- After drywall repair.
It is needed to prepare a wall for paint.
- When restoring a new-like appearance of the walls.
If you see that your walls need slight repair, skim coating is the best way to dress up your walls without replacing them.
- When repairing drywall damage caused by wallpaper removal.
As so often the case, homeowners damage drywall when removing old wallpapers. Newly created gouges and tearings can be fixed with a skim coat.
One of the biggest advantages of a skim coating technique is that it is not difficult at all. If properly prepared, you can avoid creating a mess. We also can’t ignore the fact that it is a relatively cheap solution.
Disadvantages of a skim coat:
- Drying process is very slow.
- If you decide to skim coat your drywall and you don’t have special skills, the damaged area is going to be noticeable even after skim coating.
Skim coating is one of the best techniques to smooth the surface of walls and ceiling. However, we recommend consulting a specialist before starting repair. To learn more about this technique and its advantages, call us at 847-483-9960!