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DIY skimming over walls, should I attempt?

Discussion in 'Plastering and Rendering' started by kitessurfer, 4 Oct 2020.

  1. kitessurfer

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    Hi All, like to think I'm generally competent diyer, though regards to plastering have only ever patched up existing blown plaster. correction: 13 years ago dot dabbed drylined garage to room conversion and tapped all joints before pro plasterer called in , he was complementary of my work. Looking at YouTube as you do I'm thinking of taking on skimming these ways. Any encouragement from others or should I avoid? Thanks Simon
     

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    Skimming is one of those skills that you want a near perfect finished. As something that does not cost a lot to pay someone to do I wouldn’t attempt it even though I am a great DIYer.
     
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  4. what trowel skills do you have?
    have you got the tools?
    have you had a price to skim it in.?
     
  5. kitessurfer

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    No price yet to skim. Have few trowels, only ever taped plasterboard joints whilst drylining for garage conversion and patched up blown plaster. Willing to invest in some tools even if it goes pair shaped, would put down to experience ).
     
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    Call in the professionals.
    I never even attempted to perform this form of art.
    And I'm not kidding, they make it look easy, but it's not.
     
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    I’d agree with the consensus, get someone in for this job.
    Let them prep and skim for you.

    There looks a couple of tricky bits there.
    1 - a boarded up bit which looks below the level of the rest of the wall. That would need bringing level so probably a bit of Bonding. Even when you then skim with scrim over the join, there’s a chance it could crack a bit later on, with the different materials. There are more involved options that could make a better join.
    2 - round the arch may be a little interesting if you want to use external corner beads or not.

    For future -
    I’m a DIYer and can generally plaster to a reasonable standard. I did a little course for a few days that taught the basics like skimming board. Note! It won’t make you an expert but will get you on the right path as a DIYer with some hands on experience. Ive since spent about 7 years renovating houses and with a LOT of help from plasterers on this forum since then. There’s a few pictures in my plastering album of stuff I’ve completed, from novice onwards.
    so you can get there if you want.
     
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  8. how is he supposed to ‘get there’ if he keeps hiring plasterers. bit of a contradiction.
     
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    Brilliant NickB, great to see you're post mate.
     
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    Brilliant NickB, great to see you're post mate.
     
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    If I go it alone I'll post what I'm upto here. Understand the issues and yes that board is slightly recessed into wall. The profile of the archway to the edge where a door frame could be isn't perpendicular, it's a terrible finish which even the old wall paper couldn't cover up. Thanks all for input , will get a price to skim in the background)
     
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    First attempt with a bond plaster after earlier scrim tape on joints between plasterboard and existing wall. Thought I don't pretty well. Mix went well. Panicked a bit trying to get this smooth, but it's undercoat after all
     

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    It looks a bit over smoothed and shiney imo.
     
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    I did go a bit ott on water towards the end. Wanting to clear some of trowel marks where it dug in a bit, It's a cheap trowel, couldn't get hold of a mid range trowel, all sold out local screwfix B&Q. First attempt.
     
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    Call the professionals in for the finishing coat or you'll regret it.
     
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    I'll give myself one wall, then maybe if it doesn't work out will call someone in.
     
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