Topcoat plaster is applied to finish plasterboard, rendered walls or existing walls (once sealed) providing a smooth, seamless surface ready to receive decorative treatment using wallpaper or paint. Skimming is an easy, cost effective way of covering cracked / un-sound surfaces ready for decorating.


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  • What is the difference between skimming and plastering?

    They are both used to decorate structures and increase the durability of a wall, but skimming is done to update an old building whereas plastering is done to a new one. Another difference between skim and plaster is that plaster surface areas are constantly rough whereas a skimmed surface area is smooth.

  • What is skimming?

    Skimming is effectively skimming a thin layer of finishing plaster to a wall about 3 mm in total (2 coats).

  • How do I know if I need to skim?

    Tap the wall firmly with your knuckles, can you hear a hollow thud or is it solid? If you can hear a hollow sound then your plaster is ‘blown’, that means that the adhesion to the brick work has failed. You will then need to (depending on how badly it is blown) skim.

  • Can I Plaster Over Painted Walls?

    If you have old painted walls that you would like to have skimmed, you first need to sand and clean them off. Coating them with a weak PVA solution, Blue Grit or similar will help the new skim coat to adhere nicely to the walls.

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