Skimfast plastering Ltd for your plastering and skimming needs


Information about us

We are based in Whitwell and serve all of South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, and Derbyshire.

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 in the plastering profession.

All parts of plastering are handled by us, including:

Rendering using Sand and Cement
Fibrous Plastering 
Solid Plastering 
Dot and Dabbing 

With my 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.

All of our work and materials are backed by a warranty. Customer referrals account for the majority of our new business as a trusted and dependable local enterprise.

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What is skimming?

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

Skimming refers to the application of a finishing plaster to new plasterboard or existing walls or ceilings in order to achieve a flat surface for painting or wall papering.

The terms “plastering” and “skimming” are often interchanged, so 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.

What is the skimming technique?

One of the benefits of using dry lining or plasterboard is that you can paint immediately on the surface instead of plastering or waiting for the skim coat to dry. To obtain a level surface, the joints between the boards must be taped and joined. The result is a matte and harsh texture, which is frequently why clients choose for a skim layer.

The skim plasterer will cover the joints with scrim, or hessian, and then skim the entire surface, ensuring that there are no visible joints between the boards. The main distinction is that a plasterboard wall that has been skimmed will appear smooth and glossy. It’s a question of preference, although many clientele find they prefer this finish.

When would you need a skimming coat?

After a drywall repair, skimming is commonly applied to the wall to prepare it for paint or texture. Using a skim coat to restore the like-new appearance of old or unattractive walls — Walls can take a hammering over time, and skimming is a terrific method to restore the like-new appearance of walls without having to replace them entirely.

You probably don’t need to have an existing plaster wall skimmed if it’s in good shape – smooth and free of major cracks or chips. You can either paint or decorate directly on the plasterboard or finish with a layer of skim plaster if you’ve affixed plasterboard or dry lining.

Plastering is a time-consuming and complicated operation that involves three separate coatings of plaster, each of which must dry before the next coat is placed. Plastering has evolved to meet new demands as deadlines have tightened and time has become more valuable. With only one coat of skim plaster to apply, the plasterer’s job can now be completed in a fraction of the time previously required.

Skimming is preferred because it has a better finish and also adds an extra layer of sound insulation.