The method of skimming entails plastering with a layer of thin coat and is usually applied to a wall with existing plaster, in order to smooth the surface area. It is common for plastering and skimming to be used interchangeably but skimming is technique of plastering. Fixing a whole in the wall or evening out surfaces for instance is a plastering job but if it is applying a coat on top of an existing plaster or on plaster board then that is skimming. For a good finish you require an experienced skimmer with the right level of skill and speed.
For the perfect smooth finish, there has to be a right level of mix and blend of the skim plaster. A combination of manual blending and the use of high mechanical whisks can yield the perfect mix. Skim plaster is a very fine mix with high wet adhesion for easy application. As our target is to get the perfect finish we can also divide up areas to be skimmed with stop end beads – the grids that plaster adheres to in order to work on smaller sections with the focus required to produce perfect skim.
Timing in skimming is essential. If the plaster is applied incorrectly or even allowed to set while the smoothing process is on-going it may lead to a bad outcome. As skim plaster sets so fast it needs to be worked on as smoothly and as quickly as humanly possible and that's what makes skimming a job best left to the pros. Our skilled and qualified plasterers have hundreds of hours of experience of smooth skim application and so you can rely on us for perfect finish.
Just as is done in painting, the best results with skimming come from making a number of passes with multiple coats and building it up with repeated thin layers of skim. As skim dries so quickly this doesn't mean the job will take forever. It does however require expertise to know how many coats, and the right timing to apply each coat. We'll be happy to guide you on just what your particular skimming job entails that will result in perfectly smooth skim finish, without any trowel marks or uneven patches. As we adhere to the different SR (Surface Regularity) ratings of floor screeding from the construction industry, we also talk about your specific requirements when it comes to the level of perfection of your skimming – from glass smooth to utility.
Aside skimming walls to get the perfect smooth, we also skim ceilings despite the obvious challenges with working on an overhead surface. With the speed and skill required our pros can apply the perfect skim to any type of ceiling. If you are looking to refresh an existing plastered surface with a new all over skim, with the ceiling to match, or if you are looking for a new drywall division and suspended ceiling combination as you reassign spaces in a building, we are the team you need to apply that perfect skim and leave the walls and ceilings looking in absolutely perfect condition. We combine our ability to skim ceiling with screeding skills for floors making us the experts you would need for any new building, renovation or remodelling project.