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Skimming Plaster Southampton

Do you have walls that you want to paint, but the surface is not smooth enough? Skimming is probably the answer for you. Skimming is a plastering technique used to create a smooth finish on a wall so that it can then be painted or decorated, whereby a plasterer applies a thin coat of plaster to the walls.

In skimming, the plaster can either be applied to cover a drylined wall (plasterboard), or it can go over the top of an existing layer of plaster. Skimming is particularly useful for plasterboard walls because without it the finish is rough, unattractive and difficult to paint over, so a skim layer helps it to look much more like a standard plastered wall. Skimming is a very difficult skill to master, as the skimmed surface must be perfectly smooth with no blemishes, and it is easy to make mistakes. For this reason, it is highly recommended that a professional plasterer is used for skimming. At Pro Plastering Southampton, all our plasterers are highly skilled and can skim your walls to produce perfect, smooth finishes.

Example Skimming Process – What to Expect

When doing a skim coat for plasterboard walls, two coats are applied. For the first coat, the plaster is applied to the whole wall in one go and then smoothed over. Once the first coat has partially dried, the second coat is applied directly afterwards to produce a perfectly smooth finish. A whole room can be skimmed in a few hours. However, you should leave skimmed walls 2-3 days at least before painting to ensure it is fully dried.

Benefits of skim coats

It is fast to apply

When you get Pro Plastering Southampton in to skim your walls, we can finish the job in a single visit to the site. This makes it a much faster process than traditional wet plastering, which requires three layers which must all dry in between applications.

Provides many benefits of traditional plaster

Plasterboard on its own lacks some of the beneficial properties of traditional wet plastering for walls. However, skimming over plasterboard allows it to gain many of these properties, such as robustness and acoustic performance.

Cheaper than full traditional plastering

Skimming allows plasterboard walls to look and feel like traditional wet plastered walls for a lower cost and less time spent.

An effective way to repair walls

If you have walls which are cracking, skimming is a great, cost-effective way to produce a nice smooth finish without having to tear down the whole wall and start again.

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How many coats of plaster do you need to skim a wall?

We use two coats for skimming or topcoat plastering.

What’s the difference between plastering and skimming?

Skimming is a subset of plastering. It is a specific method of plastering where the plaster is applied in a thin layer to a wall.

Can you skim over old plaster?

Yes, you can, but old plaster walls will need to be prepared beforehand by applying diluted PVA bonding. If any of your plaster is crumbling or damaged, it will need to be removed.

Can you skim over paint?

Yes, you can, but the wall must be prepared by applying diluted PVA bonding beforehand.

Do I need to skim my plasterboard wall?

No, paint can be applied straight to plasterboard so skimming is not essential. However, the plasterboard finish is rough and matte, so when painted the finish may not be how you want it. Skimming is a fantastic way to produce a glossy, smooth finish when painted, and many of our customers are very happy with the finished product.

Skimming Southampton – Get in touch today

Whether you need a skim coat for your new plasterboard wall, or your ceiling or walls need a fresh layer of plaster, Pro Plastering Southampton can help you out. To find out more about our skimming service, give us a call on 023 8104 0218, fill out the contact form above, or email us at

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