I am trying to fix kitchen ceiling mucked up by prior owner. Ceiling
has thick blobs of paint and past repairs showing. I am working by
myself so 1/4 in sheetrock is out. Can one skim coat a ceiling and
how is it done?
First, whack off any prominent protruding blobs with a "5 in 1" paint scraper.
Then get yourself a five-gallon bucket or two of regular weight drywall
compound. You also need a 6-inch knife, a four-inch knife and a flat
trowel, used as a "hawk" (to hold the compound, much easier than dipping
in the bucket all the time).
Open up the bucket and pile a bunch of compound on the trowel with the
4-inch knife. Then climb your ladder, and with the 6-inch knife, start
applying the compound to the ceiling. Use enough to bring it to a
consistent level. For any severe holes, fill first with a quick-setting
compound. Don't put the drywall compound on too thick (say, more than a
quarter inch) or it will crack when it dries.
After the compound dries, you can "sand" it with a sponge and one of those
kitchen scrubbers (you can get a sponge that has that on one side.) The
larger scrubbing pads work better. This method will drip, but there's no
After you've smoothed your first coat, you may want to fill in any low
spots and dings; the nice thing about this method is you can apply as many
coats as you need to get it nice and smooth.
After you're finished skim-coating and the compound is completely dry,
prime and paint.
Jedd Haas - Artist
Plastering is hard without an expert to help you learn, you will not be
happy with the results. I find it's much better to call a
professional. No tools to buy, guaranteed satisfaction, and all done
in a few hours, no clean up.
On Mon, 21 Feb 2005 13:20:44 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Due to $$$$ problems after my job was eliminated I now am in the
position of having to sell my house. Will have house on market end of
march. Am getting kitchen and bathrooms perfect and painting rest of
house inside and out. New job much lower pay till I get better.
Putting little I have toward getting house to sell rapidly and better
price and to survive till we move to cheap digs.
It can be done. Ceilings are much harder than walls. Ceilings tend to show
every boo boo.
Have you considered texturing the darn thing? Since you appear to be a
newbie, I think you might do a better job with texture than with skim
coating. Texture is relatively painless and hides a lot of sins.
Post back if you would like to know how.
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