How Does Plaster Skimming Differ from Plastering?

The term ‘plastering’ is used in the trade to cover all types of plastering, including plaster skimming, traditional plaster work and coving. Skimming is one of the many techniques that a plasterer will apply where it’s appropriate to a specific job. In this blog we take a look at what skimming is, when it’s used, and the material involved in its application.

What is Plaster Skimming?

Traditional plastering requires the application of layers of plaster in order to achieve a smooth, perfectly finished surface. Plaster skimming uses just one thin coat of plaster to achieve a paint-ready surface. It’s much quicker to apply than plaster as there’s no need to wait for each coat to dry.

When is Skimming an Appropriate Choice?

Skimming is a technique used for smoothing and finishing walls, but it can’t be used for levelling a wall, or filling in holes. So, if you have an existing wall that needs freshening up, or you have a dry lining surface that needs finishing, skimming is the perfect solution.

Where there are joints in dry walling that need smoothing over, a skim plasterer will use hessian or scrim over them and then skim plaster the entire wall. The end result will be a smooth wall with a perfect plaster finish.

What Kind of Plaster is Used in Skimming?

A plaster skim coating should be 3mm in depth. This requires the application of a ‘finishing’ plaster which dries to a smooth finish. As with any plaster, there is drying time required before you can apply paint to the surface. For a skimmed wall we would normally recommend waiting 1-2 days before sanding the surface in preparation for painting.

Why Bother with Skimming?

Plaster skimming a wall creates a good-looking surface which can cover up hairline cracks or blemishes on the original surface. It also offers a range of additional benefits, which include:

  • Durability. Plaster skimming increases the strength and longevity of your walls.
  • Sound Insulation. Adding a layer of plaster improves the acoustics of your room and offers some sound insulation.
  • A Blank Canvas. A plaster coating ‘finishes’ your room, providing a perfect foundation for the colours and textures you want to apply.

Is DIY Skimming a Good Idea?

Only if you’ve got nerves of steel!! You’ll find plenty of DIY guides online, so there’s nothing to stop you having a go. However, the team at Logic Plastering wouldn’t recommend it. Our plasterers have trained for years to be able to guarantee a perfect finish on every job because we know that a botched job can be expensive to repair and take time to remediate.

Working With Logic Plastering

The team at Logic Plastering takes pride in the range of professional plastering skills they can offer to Bedfordshire clients. You’ll find that plasterers tend to be perfectionists, and that’s certainly the case with us. As a result, our customers have come to expect only the highest quality work from us, whether we’re providing dry lining, coving, plastering or skimming.

Would you like to talk to a member of the Logic Plastering team about a plaster skimming job you need doing? Call us on 07809 228328 and we’ll provide a free no obligation quote.