Skim Coat Easy Wall Texture over Textured Partitions

Skim Coat Easy Wall Texture over Textured Partitions

Need fashionable {smooth} wall texture in your house? Comply with this DIY tutorial to learn to skim coat a textured wall to get a gorgeous {smooth} end and do away with that ugly bumpy wall texture!

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Skim Coat for Easy Wall Texture

Wall texture is a kind of house options that you simply would possibly not likely discover… till you REALLY discover. (I’m you, 1970’s!)

Since we choose a pleasant fashionable {smooth} wall texture, we’ve eliminated wall texture and smoothed out textured partitions a couple of occasions in our completely different houses in a course of known as skim coating.

We’ve performed this many occasions in our transformed houses and it’s a simple DIY — simply takes some observe and persistence.

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I’ve shared slightly bit about how we skim coat to realize our {smooth} wall texture after we constructed our lavatory built-ins and after we added a layer of soundproofing drywall to our master suite.

added soundproofing drywall with skim coat smooth texture

Right now I’m sharing all the main points for prepping and skim coating a wall to offer it a {smooth} end.

What’s skim coating?

Skim coating is a course of for re-texturing a wall with a {smooth} end. To skim coat means to use a number of skinny layers of drywall mud (joint compound) to cowl up drywall tape or earlier texture and create a {smooth} wall texture.

This submit and video contains all the main points about tips on how to {smooth} textured partitions for a gorgeous flat trying wall.

Are there different methods to take away wall texture?

Certain! Should you don’t wish to skim coat your wall like we present you may attempt to:

We like our skim-coating method as a result of it provides us nice outcomes, even on our 50+ yr previous partitions.

Can I {smooth} the feel on an present wall?

Sure, you’ll be able to skim coat drywall like this on an present textured wall, or on new drywall that has been taped and mudded alongside the seams.

We utilized this skim coat to {smooth} out the knockdown texture on our partitions (proven under), however this method will work for orange peel texture or any wall texture (even popcorn partitions!).

Before How To Skim Coat Textured Walls To Make Them Smooth, Remodelaholic

Can I skim coat over broken drywall?

Broken drywall from eradicating wallpaper or a backsplash? Until the harm is intensive, you’ll be able to nonetheless use this skim coating method to {smooth} and repair the drywall!

If the drywall paper is ripped, you’ll probably wish to begin with a peel cease primer/sealer to offer the joint compound a great base.

See how we put in drywall in our basement lavatory.

How do I get a {smooth} texture on new drywall?

To create a {smooth} wall texture on a naked new drywall wall, set up the drywall and tape and dirt the drywall seams like regular.

Then you definitely’ll decide up the skim coating course of after the prep step under. I did this after we retrofitted with soundproofing drywall and it labored nice!

Earlier than we get began, we have to reply one essential query:

What’s the distinction between joint compound and drywall mud? 

Reply: These are simply two phrases for a similar factor! Joint compound is the official time period and what you’ll see printed on the bucket. Drywall mud is the unofficial time period for a similar product (which we additionally usually name plaster). We use these phrases interchangeably within the submit and video.

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Skim Coat to Take away Texture from Partitions

The skim coating course of is fairly simple — simply time consuming and slightly bit messy! And it will get simpler with observe.

Here’s a full video tutorial of how I created the graceful wall end. (Remember to subscribe to the Remodelaholic channel to see the opposite initiatives we’re engaged on!)

To make textured partitions {smooth}, you’ll 

  1. Prep and clear the partitions
  2. Apply a primary tough coat of joint compound.
  3. Apply a second coat of joint compound.
  4. Apply a 3rd and ultimate smoother coat of  topping compound.
  5. Sand the wall texture to a pleasant even {smooth} end.

Supplies & Instruments Wanted to Skim Coat for Easy Wall Texture

To {smooth} your textured partitions, you’ll simply want a pair buckets of every joint compound (drywall mud) per room.

This quantity of joint compound lined our partitions which have been 15′ by 12′ at 8′ tall.  A complete of about 1395 sqft of wall floor with out the door and home windows.

You’ll additionally want

An essential observe about your drywall joint knife: The blade of a drywall knife (aka plaster knife) is barely curved to assist apply plaster or mud evenly with out leaving strains alongside the best and left edges of the blade. As you apply the mud with the knife, you’ll want to preserve that curved edge in opposition to the wall.

Earlier than the Skim Coat: Making ready Partitions for Easy Texture

As with all portray or ending mission, preparation is so essential.

Start by masking your flooring with drop cloths or plastic. This can get messy!

If there are any main dents that require restore, repair these first utilizing spackle or joint compound.

Minor scratches and dents (lower than ~1/4″ deep) can be simply lined by the skim coating, however that gap the place your sofa leg almost punctured the drywall (oops!) can be higher stuffed earlier than starting.

Then, observe these 3 steps to organize partitions for a {smooth} texture:

  1. Take away change and outlet covers and any {hardware} from curtains or blinds, decor, and so on.
  2. Wash the wall with a small quantity of delicate detergent added to a bucket of water.
  3. Dry the wall completely with previous towels or rags, ensuring they’re as lint-free as doable.
First Thin Coat Of Drywall Mud Joint Compound To Skim Coat Smooth Texture Walls, Remodelaholic

making use of the primary skinny coat of joint compound

Layer 1: Tough Skim Coat

This primary skinny layer of joint compound is a tough coat, meant to cowl the entire present wall texture.

Remember to stir the joint compound effectively earlier than starting so the feel and consistency is uniform all through! I like to recommend utilizing a mixing paddle attachment for a drill.

Apply a skinny coat of all-purpose joint compound to your complete wall utilizing a large drywall knife (10″ or 12″).

You need this primary coat of mud to fill within the “pockets” of the earlier texture. Don’t stress an excessive amount of about this layer being completely {smooth}. Simply cowl the wall texture after which come again for the corners later (see under).

Enable the mud to dry 8-10 hours (following the producer directions).

Contact Up Corners

After the primary layer of joint compound has dried, the corners will want some work, as you’ll be able to see within the video.

Apply a skinny layer of mud to the corners, and use the nook software to {smooth} it out.

Using Corner Tool To Skim Coat Walls For Smooth Texture, Remodelaholic

Then, use a large drywall knife to feather out the sting of this contemporary mud, making use of slight stress to the sting *away* from the contemporary mud to stage it out with out making a line within the mud.

Smoothing Corner Edge To Feather Drywall Mud For Smooth Wall Texture, Remodelaholic

Layer 2: Skim Coat to Fill Holes

This second layer of drywall mud is one other skim coat utilizing the all-purpose joint compound.

Frivolously sand the wall utilizing both a hand sanding block or, like I did, a humid sponge to maintain the mud down.

Pay particular consideration to masking any holes from the primary layer. Contact up corners as wanted on this layer as effectively.


Layer 3: Last Easy Skim Coat

This ultimate skim coat is the place the magic begins to occur!

Relying in your earlier partitions, chances are you’ll want extra layers of the all-purpose joint compound earlier than you’re prepared for the ultimate {smooth} skim coat.

Should you see bubbles like this, don’t despair!

Holes And Bubbles From Skim Coating Over Existing Painted Walls, Remodelaholic

This occurs typically on partitions like ours which have been painted many occasions over the past 50+ years. If bubbles or holes like this seem in your partitions, skim coat with extra layer(s) of drywall mud.

As soon as your basis layers of joint compound are dry and bubble-free, you’re prepared to complete with the ultimate {smooth} coat.

Frivolously sand the partitions once more — I used the vacuum sander for a fast gentle sanding job.

Apply a skinny {smooth} layer of prime coat joint compound utilizing a big plaster knife. It’s possible you’ll wish to add some water to get a texture you’re pleased working with.

Enable to dry.

Applying Last Layer Skim Coating Smooth Texture, Remodelaholic

making use of the ultimate topping skim coat layer

End Sanding for a Easy Wall Texture

That is the messiest but in addition most magical step to smoothing textured partitions.

Remember to put on correct security gear when sanding drywall mud! A particulate respirator masks at a minimal, and security glasses are useful as effectively. I additionally advocate utilizing plastic sheeting to dam off the doorway to include the mud to the room you’re working in.

Because you’ve performed an superior job smoothing out the partitions already, the final step is to frivolously sand the partitions to complete.

Sanding Smooth Wall Texture Skim Coat, Remodelaholic

I extremely advocate utilizing a vacuum sander attachment to maintain the mud down for the preliminary sanding.

Then, use a spongy sanding block handy sand and {smooth} out the final of the feel remaining on the partitions. Take note of any imperfections or scratches and {smooth} these out.

Use a store field gentle on the backside of the wall and from varied angles to assist see any uneven spots of texture.


What Subsequent: Paint a Easy Textured Wall

We’ll be portray this wall with a layer of drywall paint to behave as a primer for the drywall mud. This helps seals the joint compound in order that the common wall paint will go over the wall easily with out soaking in and permit it so stick higher and have higher coloration uniformity.

What concerning the ceiling?

You can too skim-coat the ceiling in the identical course of as skim coating the partitions, if you’d like.

With this room, nevertheless, we put in a whitewashed pine plank ceiling and we find it irresistible!

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