Difference between a Darby and a Speedskim?

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Harrybrice

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Hi,

I've been looking all over the web to understand the differences between these tools and when to use them.

As far as I can see they are both long, straight and flat blades. The difference seems to be that the Darby is made of metal (aluminium) and the Speedskim is made from plastic.

Here's some links to the tools I'm talking about:

Darby: https://www.screwfix.com/p/forge-st...O72c8Isb1fzDmqa-A9waAs7LEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

Speedskim: https://www.screwfix.com/p/ox-speedskim-semi-flex-plastering-rule-48-1200mm/9708x

I want to know if these things are actually different to each other and if they are, then how? And at what times would you use them?
 

Damian plasterer

Well-Known Member
Hi,

I've been looking all over the web to understand the differences between these tools and when to use them.

As far as I can see they are both long, straight and flat blades. The difference seems to be that the Darby is made of metal (aluminium) and the Speedskim is made from plastic.

Here's some links to the tools I'm talking about:

Darby: https://www.screwfix.com/p/forge-st...O72c8Isb1fzDmqa-A9waAs7LEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

Speedskim: https://www.screwfix.com/p/ox-speedskim-semi-flex-plastering-rule-48-1200mm/9708x

I want to know if these things are actually different to each other and if they are, then how? And at what times would you use them?
A Darby is used for floating I.e hardwall or s/c a speedskim is for skim
 

Monkey Boy

Well-Known Member
Hi,

I've been looking all over the web to understand the differences between these tools and when to use them.

As far as I can see they are both long, straight and flat blades. The difference seems to be that the Darby is made of metal (aluminium) and the Speedskim is made from plastic.

Here's some links to the tools I'm talking about:

Darby: https://www.screwfix.com/p/forge-st...O72c8Isb1fzDmqa-A9waAs7LEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

Speedskim: https://www.screwfix.com/p/ox-speedskim-semi-flex-plastering-rule-48-1200mm/9708x

I want to know if these things are actually different to each other and if they are, then how? And at what times would you use them?
Why do you want to know?
 
Speedskim is awesome...

Takes some getting use to it but when you suss that out you wont look back.

I was taught to use a feather edge on skim to get straight ceiling lines for when coving and what not so teh speedskim was an easy thing to understand :mad:D
 

essexandy

The Lake Governor
Really? I’ve never personally tried it mate.
Surely it’s got to be piss wet to get it flat?
U ain’t getting render flat with a cavity closer. Andy’s pulling your pisser
No I don't have my gear wet at all cockney.
I would never have believed it until I tried it.
There you go my rendering speedskim.
 

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