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It is not advisable to mix skim coats with latex. Only add the amount of clean water recommended.
Yes. There are skim coats specially formulated for external walls.
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Generally, painting works can be carried-out after the skim coat has dried, around 7–14 days, subject to site condition.
On drywall, skim coat normally takes about 2–3 days to dry.
On concrete surfaces or plastered walls, skim coat takes about 5–7 days to dry.
In extreme situations such as high humidity and constantly damp substrates, skim coats may take more than 7 days to dry.
It is advisable to wait at least 14–21 days before skimming work can commence on new concrete or new plastered wall. This will allow sufficient time for the new concrete or new plastered wall to fully cure.
Yes. The old surfaces must be structurally sound, level, solid and stable, and free from dusts, dirt, oil, grease, standing water, laitance, paints, curing compound and any material / coatings that reduces bond. If the substrate contains any of these contaminants they must be removed by grinding, water-jetting, or sanding.
All dusts, loose and friable material must be removed, preferably by brush and/or vacuum before plastering / skimming.
Yes. Use only acrylic skim coats.
Skim coats are fine mortars, and they are applied to a thickness < 5 mm. The surface of the skimmed area is smooth.
Plasters, on the other hand, are coarse mortars and they are applied to a thickness from 5–30 mm. The plaster surface is constantly rough.
Plasters are coarse mortar, applied onto concrete, brick and block walls to a thickness more than 5 mm to create a level surface. They are also used as a base layer before skim coat.
Skim coats are fine mortars applied onto walls and ceilings to a thickness of 2–3 mm to create a flat, smooth and uniform surface, to be painted or re-textured. As a guide, you should apply at least two skim coat layers to achieve a smooth and consistent surface.