Difference between a Darby and a Speedskim?

essexandy

The Lake Governor
Your twisting my melon man. Lol
Definitely not mate.
I long ago came to the conclusion that my six foot ali featheredge was total overkill for outside rendering. 1.2m speedskim and that's it now.
 

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The Hobo

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?
do you use a handboard or a hawk
 
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
Try the plastic flex version on final pass, works a treat!!
 
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