Materials used to skim

Dave101

New Member
Afternoon lads, been reading around the forum..banter is class on here haha. looking for some advice from you guys who actually know what your doing.

I've been stripping off multiple layers of painted textures wallpaper in a 1902 terraced house. The plaster underneath has taken a beating with chips/gouges about 3-5mm deep and is already uneven in places from what looks like old attempts at filling.

I want to restore a flat surface to paint on but after lots of reading I am still unsure what materials to use here. The walls are internal walls with a light grey plaster that could be lime to be honest. Sand cement mix behind that then brick.

I've read that something like gyproc easifill 60 could be used as a skim coat for entire walls. But then others say no and suggest using thistle multifinish plaster or a lime finishing plaster due to the age of the property. I've no experience plastering but really keen to DIY this for the experience. Not expecting perfect but don't want to cause damp.

Some of the walls are in a bathroom and have previously been painted with a satin finish. I've read sanding as best as possible the priming with blue grit may work?. Again I don't know what plaster/filler etc would be best to skim the walls with to get them flat ahead of repainting without causing moisture issues.


Any advice on the right materials to use would be very much appreciated, thankyou

Sidenote..There's some other walls where the plaster is blown and it's showing exposed brick ..I'm 100% getting a spread in for that
 

Cockney1

Well-Known Member
Afternoon lads, been reading around the forum..banter is class on here haha. looking for some advice from you guys who actually know what your doing.

I've been stripping off multiple layers of painted textures wallpaper in a 1902 terraced house. The plaster underneath has taken a beating with chips/gouges about 3-5mm deep and is already uneven in places from what looks like old attempts at filling.

I want to restore a flat surface to paint on but after lots of reading I am still unsure what materials to use here. The walls are internal walls with a light grey plaster that could be lime to be honest. Sand cement mix behind that then brick.

I've read that something like gyproc easifill 60 could be used as a skim coat for entire walls. But then others say no and suggest using thistle multifinish plaster or a lime finishing plaster due to the age of the property. I've no experience plastering but really keen to DIY this for the experience. Not expecting perfect but don't want to cause damp.

Some of the walls are in a bathroom and have previously been painted with a satin finish. I've read sanding as best as possible the priming with blue grit may work?. Again I don't know what plaster/filler etc would be best to skim the walls with to get them flat ahead of repainting without causing moisture issues.


Any advice on the right materials to use would be very much appreciated, thankyou

Sidenote..There's some other walls where the plaster is blown and it's showing exposed brick ..I'm 100% getting a spread in for that
What’s your profession Dave?
 

Dave101

New Member
What’s your profession Dave?

gerard butler GIF



Nothing related to the trades pal, just doing up a gaff and the budget rules out me getting pros in for every task. It's a cop out I know but I reckon skimming over an otherwise sound wall should be do-able if I know what the right materials to use are. Have had to deal with damp in the past from people sealing up old properties using the wrong materials so I'm leaning towards the lime but again would really appreciate any advice!

Cheers
 
Last edited:

Cockney1

Well-Known Member
gerard butler GIF



Nothing related to the trades pal, just doing up a gaff and the budget rules out me getting pros in for every task. It's a cop out I know but I reckon skimming over an otherwise sound wall should be do-able if I know what the right materials to use are. Have had to deal with damp in the past from people sealing up old properties using the wrong materials so I'm leaning towards the lime but again would really appreciate any advice!

Cheers
Stick some pictures up for the plastering perverse amongst us Dave (y)
 

Dave101

New Member
Stick some pictures up for the plastering perverse amongst us Dave (y)
Thanks mate,
These are the bits I'm trying to figure out what the best material would be to skim over with.

The white wall is the bathroom, has an intact coat of satin paint on. The others have just had paper stripped off.
 

Attachments

  • PXL_20220730_231529872.MP.jpg
    PXL_20220730_231529872.MP.jpg
    7.7 MB · Views: 43
  • PXL_20220730_231551137.MP.jpg
    PXL_20220730_231551137.MP.jpg
    6.8 MB · Views: 33
  • PXL_20220730_231720774.MP.jpg
    PXL_20220730_231720774.MP.jpg
    5 MB · Views: 37
Last edited:
Thanks mate,
These are the bits I'm trying to figure out what the best material would be to skim over with.

The white wall is the bathroom, has an intact coat of satin paint on. The others have just had paper stripped off.
get the easifil out and sanding block sand teh high spots fill teh low spots... or pay a plasterer...
 

Dave101

New Member
Stick some pictures up for the plastering perverse amongst us Dave (y)

These are the bits I'm getting a spread in to sort properly. External walls around a window which it seems like previous owners have attempted to do something with unsuccessfully. The plasters blown and sand cement is just crumbling off to reveal brick. Im thinking penetrating damp from the old gutter & downpipe on the outside maybe at fault, which is being sorted.

I'm hoping they will take it back to brick but not sure if it needs lime plastering to keep breathability.. scratch float n finish.. or if other options would be more suitable
 

Attachments

  • Screenshot_20220731-002248.png
    Screenshot_20220731-002248.png
    1.8 MB · Views: 31
  • Screenshot_20220731-002242.png
    Screenshot_20220731-002242.png
    2.2 MB · Views: 25
Last edited:

ChrispyUK

Well-Known Member
Insulate the external walls internally . you can then use modern plasters to finish. It’s not purist but you don’t have the budget
 
Top