skim coating -- anyone know about this?

Allan

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My wife and I are in the process of purchasing a coop built in the 1920s. Needless to say, the walls (plaster I believe) need to be repainted. Further, a lot of the paint is "crackled." I've been told that you need to "skim coat" to fix this situation. Can anyone tell me what exactly skim coating is? Do you need to skim coat the entire apt or just the "problem" areas? Also, how much would it cost to skim coat an apt approx 1300SF?

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I have used skim coat to level floors... it's basically similar to drywall putty only more wet (drywall joint compound would be comparable to cake icing and skimcoat is usually closer to milk).

In my cases with skimcoat - you could just do the affected areas, and it dries to a really hard shell (make sure to keep your coats thin!). If you do only certain areas you have to feather the edges, like you do with drywall mud.

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