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greenkz 02-06-2014 01:22 PM

skim coating plaster
im removing some plastic tiles from my kitchen, and when i remove the tile adhesive the wall is no longer flat. what should i use to skim coat the walls, they are plaster. i tried using joint compound in another room and all of the imperfections came right back through

oldognewtrick 02-06-2014 01:27 PM

First off :welcome: to House Repair Talk!

Now when you say the wall is no longer flat, are you meaning there is still adhesive left on the wall or the plaster itself is not smooth and flat? A pic might help a bit.

greenkz 02-06-2014 04:15 PM

when scraping off the adhesive its taking away a small amount of the plaster with it. so it looks pock marked, small gouges.

nealtw 02-06-2014 05:36 PM

You might do better with a spackle product, less shrinkage and takes paint better.

bud16415 02-07-2014 05:28 AM

Joint compound I have used for years. It shrinks so it requires more than one application if you trowel it off flush. Normally the second coat will do the job. It sands very easy and is a plus for the guy that doesn’t get it on perfect. They have a special sand pad for it, looks like screen.

nealtw 02-07-2014 10:03 AM

Bud I think the problem was, the patches showed up in the paint job, with the different texture of compound.

bud16415 02-07-2014 10:15 AM

Could be I don’t know. I just patched at least 10,000 holes in old plaster with joint compound. I normally patch the holes sand some then hit them again sand a little more, then prime with Kilz 2 and then paint. If texture is a problem, then anything you patch with will have to match the texture. Larger holes and cracks I use the mesh tape on.

I know my dad told me a million times not to exaggerate.

KDPaintingCT 02-07-2014 07:20 PM

skim coating plaster
You can certainly use joint compound but will have to apply at least two coats..good luck!

greenkz 02-08-2014 05:21 PM

yeah i only did one coat of joint compound, thats probably what the problem was. thanks for the replies

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