How to hold a Drywall Knife to Skim Coat a ceiling My Latest Video

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An instructional video I did on how to hold the blade and apply joint compound to the surface being skim coated. Its best to use about a 30 degree angle when pulling off on the surface and going over the material lightly but firm. This is the second coat, so I wanted to be smoother then the first coat.


Skim coating a ceiling after popcorn/texture removal

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Skim coating a ceiling after popcorn/texture removal

Putting on the first layer of plaster

Skim Coating a Small Kitchen With Plaster

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Here are examples of a tiny kitchen from a East Village apartment in New York City.
The walls were rough and had damage from a cabinet removal and years of use.

West Village Skim Coat

Tiny Kitchen Job

Behind the wall had a large hole that I patched with drywall scraps and top coat of plaster.

Behind the Fridge

Patch of a large hole in the wall

I use a high powered drill to mix the dry or pre-mix plaster with. The extension to the drill is called a “paddle” it is a tool used to mix plaster with. Either dry mix or Premixed Joint Compound

Using a High powered drill for mixing

Drill and powder mix-plaster