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Skim Bathroom Ceiling

Discussion in 'Plastering and Rendering' started by Mooton, 4 Jun 2013.

  1. Mooton

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    Hi All,

    I have just finished plasterboarding my downstairs bathroom and I am now looking towards skimming and tiling.

    A friend of mine is a bathroom fitter so he is going to help me with the tiling.

    Before doing that though I need to get the ceiling skimmed, not really sure if it is needed but I would rather skim it if there is a chance of seeing the joins in the ceiling if I don't.

    The bathroom is only small so I think I would struggle to get a plasterer in to do such a small job. For this reason I am going to give it a shot myself.

    I have been reading up/watching vids on skimming but most of them only cover the actual process of applying the skim. I am looking for info on the prep work to be done before starting and the tools needed for the job before I attempt it.

    Any info is gratefully received!

    Thanks
     
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    The prep work required for newly fitted plasterboard, is to tape along all butted joints and the angled joints between ceiling and wall.
    The best tape to use for this is a nylon self-adhesive jointing/repair tape.
    http://www.wickes.co.uk/plasterboard-repair+jointing-tape-90m/invt/163566/?source=123_74

    Once the tape is on and flat to boards, you can apply multi/board finish to ceiling boards without any other prep work, providing the they are the standard ivory faced boards, on MR boards it maybe wise to two coat PVA .
     
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  4. Mooton

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    Cheers for the info, I'll grab some of that.

    A friend tells me a newly plasterboard ceiling should only need 1 coat, I was under the impression you put two on, one nice and flat the other nice and smooth.

    Is he correct?

    Thanks
     
  5. NickB_99

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    Personally, I prefer always two coats on large areas, I think the finished job is always more consistent.
    Yes, board is quite flat, so you may get away with one coat - but scrim tape especially has a habit of grinning through if the coat is too thin.
    Your call.
     
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