You badly need to repair your drywall so that you can move on to painting after wallpaper removal, but you don’t know what to do. Don’t worry! You just removed wallpaper, an arduous and monotonous task that takes a while. You got this!

Painting after wallpaper removal sounds like an easy next step, especially after what you went through to get that paper down. Chances are, the person who installed the wallpaper didn’t prime the drywall beforehand. This means that there is likely quite a bit of damage, including torn paper and possibly chunks and gouges.

Skim coat is a technique that you can do to make your wall smooth. Professional wallpaper removal specialists will skim coat afterwards, especially in commercial settings where lighting can really highlight any dips or imperfections on the walls. Imperfections that might need to be hidden include bad taping or spot spackle repairs that aren’t perfectly smooth. The object is to make it so there are no noticeable seams.

Wallpaper Removal – What’s The Process?

Tools Needed to Skim Coat

  1. Lightweight mud (joint compound)
  2. Mud pan
  3. Wet rag
  4. Joint knife / taping trowel
  5. Putty knife
  6. Water
  7. Drywall sanding block and sand paper
  1. Drywall sealer
  2. Ventilation mask
  3. Safety goggles
  4. Dry walling hat or hat that you don’t care gets dirty
  5. Good lighting
  6. Step ladder or ladder
  7. Oil-based primer/sealer
Skim coat drywall

How To Skim Coat

  1. Skim coating takes time and effort.
  2. When adding water to your mud, you want it to be the consistency of pancake mix, not too thick but not as watery as soup.
  3. Look for the joint compound in the drywall section of your hardware store. This is where you can find larger buckets that will save you money.
  4. Application takes practice, but eventually you will find a technique that works for you.

Important things to keep in mind:

Since you have just spent time removing wallpaper, it is assumed that your space is already prepared for skim coating. In case it is not, make sure to remove any light objects, push any larger and heavy objects into the centre of the room, and cover anything that needs to be covered. This will minimize clean-up and other potential issues afterwards.

Apply the mud using the trowel, in sections. Immediately scrape the mud with the putty knife, leaving a smooth layer behind. Do this process in thin layers, covering the whole wall. When it is dry, go back over and do another thin layer. This will give you the best results.

Once the mud has dried, sand to remove any tool marks before you prime. This will ensure that you have a nice smooth surface. Clean the wall before you prime, to remove any dust leftover from sanding.
Use an oil-based primer to seal the mud and give your walls an extra smooth finish. Once the primer has dried, you are ready to paint!

Professional Wallpaper Removal Services

• Most wallpaper removal services will provide you with an estimate, which should include any wall repairs afterwards.

• Many professional painting contractors will either include this as part of their service or have a recommendation for someone they have worked with in the past. If you are apprehensive about undertaking the job on your own, it is a good idea to shop around and get some estimates.

• If you can find a professional contractor that takes care of everything and includes that in their estimate, you are already winning. The biggest challenge for any contractor is providing an exact cost, as there can be many uncertainties on how much repair work will be needed once the wallpaper is removed.

• A reputable contractor will be upfront about any costs – like how much it will cost to skim coat your walls if they need it. This will go a long way in helping you follow a budget and stay on track.

• Learning how to do things within your home can be valuable for future home renovation projects. Sometimes doing it yourself can save you some money, which is great if you are cash strapped but need to get some work done. It is important to know what you are doing, however, so make sure that you do your research.

• You can always consult with professional wallpaper removal services or professional painting contractors to ask questions and provide guidance. Of course, your time is worth something as well, so don’t hesitate to look into hiring professionals to help you skim coat your walls so you can move on to painting after wallpaper removal.

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If the work involved in Skimming Coat Drywall after Wallpaper sounds like it involves too much time and energy to do yourself, call 416.494.9095 or email brian@HomePaintersToronto.com for a FREE quote or visit our website https://www.homepainterstoronto.com/

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