Skimfast Plastering Ltd – Skimming Plaster walls

Skimming Plaster

Why choose us?

Based in Whitwell, we pride ourselves on our painstaking attention to detail, world-class grade of work, and highly clean and tidy working practices, with a combined total of over 25 years experience skimming plaster as a profession, we have all the tools needed for the job. 

As well as Whitwell, we cover all surrounding areas of South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

We offer many different plastering and skimming jobs such as: Sand and cement rendering, coving, repairing walls, patching, skimming plaster, fibrous plastering, insulation, solid plastering, cornice​ boarding, dot and dabbing, monocouche.

With our years of knowledge and excellent standards, I am confident that you will be satisfied with the plastering service that my team and I deliver.  With every job we do, I guarantee complete customer satisfaction. All of our work is backed by a guarantee.

We’re pleased to provide you with free advise on any element of plastering. Call us right now or fill out the form on our website, and one of our representatives will contact you for free advice or a free no-obligation quote.

What is skimming in plastering?

One way of plastering a wall is known as ‘skimming’ or ‘skimming plaster.’ Skimming is a plastering technique that involves applying a thin coat of plaster to an existing wall in order to level the surface area.

It’s frequently used to level the surface of an existing plaster. It’s a challenging task that should not be undertaken by DIY because the wall or ceiling may wind up looking even worse!

Skimming is thus a subset of plastering. Both are used to adorn structures and strengthen the durability of walls, however skimming is used to upgrade an old structure while plastering is used on a new structure.

Applying PVA adhesives to your wall surface right before plastering can assist the plaster adhere to the surface. In the same way that PVA may connect two pieces of wood together, it physically helps to stick the plaster in place.

Is skimming walls the same as plastering walls?

The terms “plastering” and “skim plastering” are often interchanged, you might say “my walls need plastering” when they actually need skimming. However, the term “plastering” is more general and can refer to more than just skimming, such as boarding and skimming or patching up holes, but most people just use the two terms to describe the same process (skimming). The only difference is that one phrase is more detailed than the other.

Both are used to adorn structures and strengthen the durability of walls, however skimming is used to upgrade an old structure while plastering is used on a new structure. 

Another distinction between skim and plaster is that a skimmed surface is smooth, but a plaster surface is always rough.

Can you skim plaster over old plaster?

Yes, you can plaster over old plaster with painted surfaces. Plaster skimming over the paint with plaster is entirely acceptable if the paint is of good quality and does not require any upkeep. The first step in skim plastering over a painted wall that is in good condition is to carefully clean the surface.

Hairline cracks in plaster walls are common and cannot be concealed with paint because they are too small to be filled with patching plaster. Skim-coating the wall surface is the finest technique to recover it. A rough surface can also be smoothed by skimming.

A skim-coat of mud, applied with a special squeegee knife, smooths up rough or damaged walls. It’s simple to implement and yields excellent results.

Is skimming a wall cheaper than plastering?

It really comes down to how big the job is, you may have a small wall that needs skimmed or it could be a huge hallway.  You may simply need to re-skim your room if your walls are in decent condition. Over the top of existing plaster walls, a 5-8 mm layer of finishing plaster is usually applied.

As a result, the cost us much less compared to completely plastered wall or using plasterboard.

For example, typical costs for a small room with a complete re-plastering of all walls range from £400 to £700, while simple reskimming costs between £300 and £500. Costs of £1,000 to £1,500 are more likely in a larger room, while skimming would cost £500 to £700.