Skim coating after wallpaper removal

I hope that you read thru my previous post an easy process to remove wallpaper before moving ahead.

When wallpaper is removed from drywall, often times the result is a damaged drywall. There will be tears, gouges and other ugly flaws that no-one in their right mind would want to leave. But getting it fixed doesn’t have to be done by professionals. You can complete this task yourself. Two tools that you need to complete this task are a drywall knife, and a roller. Use the roller to quickly roll a skim coat on the walls. Next, you will want to get the drywall knife and make the skim coat flat. If you do this job yourself, you will save money.

Number 1:

The baseboards and the crown moulding should be masked with painter’s tape of the wide variety. Put some tape over the window trim, the door trim, and electricity plugs. If you don’t want to make any mess on the floor you will need some drop cloths, with which you shall cover the floor.

Number 2:

Get a paint pail, and some sealing Primer. Pour some primer into the pail. Now you will want to get your 2-inch angled paintbrush. Locate the wall’s perimeter. Now cut into it with that brush. Do the same around things such as windows, doors, any cabinets, etc. If you can find a place that the rollers are unable to fit, put some primer on there.

Number 3:

Get your roller with a low nap cover on it. Get your paint pan and make sure there is some primer on it. Pour some in if there isn’t. The task here is to get a nice coat of primer onto the walls using your roller. Let the coat of primer dry.

Number 4:

Get your trusty mixing paddle that you must have lying around somewhere. Get your power drill and insert the paddle onto where the drill bits are usually attached.

Number 5:

Get a 20 litre bucket and dump half of a drywall box into it. Add one cup of water from your water outlet of choice. Stir with the paddle into the consistency of the mix is easy to roll, but not so thin that it drips.

Number 6:

Now you have what is called a mud mixture. Pour a bit of this mud mixture into a pan. Dip the medium nap roller into the mud mixture. Before you start skimming the walls you will need to roll some onto a big area of cardboard. You will be able to assess its consistency this way. If it adds too thick or thin water or mix to get it right.

Number 7:

Roll a coat of mud onto the wall, beginning at the top. Continue to the bottom of the wall in one section. Then do the section next to the one you did. Once you have done this you need to skim the sections, which is another way of saying flatten.

Number 8:

Get your long drywall knife. Position it in the wall’s top most area, and pull it through the texture that you just rolled. Make sure to do it at a slight angle, or else. When you get to the center of the wall, stop. You should then wipe the blade free of mud. Do the same thing again, only this time starting from the wall’s bottom most limit and pulling upwards.

Number 9:

Do the same thing for the rest of the walls you want done. Let the mud dry to its fullest capabilities.

Number 10:

Fill in light areas by doing the same thing by putting a skim coat of mud number two over the first coat. Again, let it dry.

Number 11:

Give the walls a sand so that the surface can be considered smooth by wall smoothness judges. You will need a sanding pole, and a sanding pad that falls into the fine grit category of sanding pads. Get your trusty wet-dry vacuum and vacuum up the sanding dust that you have gotten everywhere.

Make sure that you have two coats applied to the walls before starting the painting process.

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