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Below we explain Ken's experienced opinions about wall and ceiling resurfacing and how we achieve our professional results.
What is skim-coating:
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Skim-coating is a process which is done by applying a thin coat,usually of drywall compound, over a complete surface. This serves to get a uniform look to walls or ceilings that have had repairs, popcorn removed, knockdown sprayed or as little as nail holes spackled.
Even though a wall may look smooth with a casual glance, with a closer inspection you can see a light texture from just the nap of a paint roller. When you spackle the hole and sand the area, if that’s all you do before you repaint, most times you can see the contrast with the rest of the wall will be smoother in that area. By skim-coating you can again have a uniform look.
Because it is a hand applied art, skim-coating done right is a skill that most contractors claiming to specialize in knockdown just don't have the skill or patience to do. It is not something someone without a lot of expierence can do very well. Even drywall guys that have no problem finishing seams, find that recoating a complete ceiling, or a complete house, and doing it in a timely fashion so it doesn’t turn into a career job, is not easily done. It’s all about technique, an acquired speciality skill. At Custom Ceiling and Paint it's our specialty and no one does it better.
The problems with knockdown:
Knockdown is a texture sprayed sporadically over a surface and unless that surface is in perfect shape then knockdown usually won’t hide problems. In fact, often it will actually highlight them. When first sprayed, the material hits the surface as a blob. Next, a knockdown blade, which is a piece of flexible plexiglass with a handle attached is dragged across the surface flattening out (“knocking down”) the blobs. The problem is that the blade has a straight edge and where the surface isn't flat you get a roll in the surface, like a repair or drywall seam, the texture will be thinner and where the surface dips a little the texture will be thicker.
There are also a lot of vairiables to knockdown. How thick the mud is, the amount of pressure used to spray and also the habbits of the person spraying, all combine to affect the finished look. Every person spraying it will have a different look, so having areas done at separate times, even if the same person does it, you may not end up with the same look.
Since knockdown is sprayed sporadically on a surface the finished result will still show a lot of the original surface of the wall. If you're having popcorn removed it’s a good chance you will be able to tell you previously had popcorn. Unless you have drywall under your popcorn that was never primed before popcorning and ALL the popcorn comes down with scraping, you will see you had popcorn that was scraped and knockdown sprayed.
Sometimes you can “get by” with it and it looks ok, but we won’t take that chance. If you like the look of knockdown we don’t have a problem spraying it for you, after we skim-coat the ceiling smooth so the ceiling doesn't end up looking like you are trying to “hide” something.
If your house was built before the 70’s then you don’t have drywall. It will be plaster board or lathe and plaster and you won’t be able to scrape all the popcorn off to begin with. If your popcorn has ever been painted it’s a good chance you won’t be able to get all the popcorn off and knockdown wont hide the popcorn your trying to get rid of. If you live in a condo, chances are you have concrete under the popcorn and knockdown definitely won’t cover that. The bottom line is you only want to do this one time so why take a chance you won’t be happy? By skim-coating everything back smooth there is nothing not to like. You have a brand new finish and there is nothing to try and hide with a texture.
Repairing/respraying a popcorn ceiling:
Although most people now dislike popcorn it is the least expensive and quickest finish to repair when damaged. Because it doesn’t have to be painted(we never recommend painting popcorn) most repairs,even replacing drywall, can be done in a single day. Complete homes can be done in a day. The most time spent doing/redoing a popcorn ceiling is the preparation necessary to keep the popcorn off everything else. Popcorn consists of polystyrene beads (Styrofoam balls) mixed with a plaster base similar to drywall compound or knockdown spray. So even if a little does get on furniture or walls,etc it will wipe off easily,even after drying.
Like most everything else in this profession there is no substitute for experience when repairing a popcorn ceiling. Making sure the seams of your repair are flush with the rest of the ceiling with no “rolls”,knowing how thick you need your material and how much air pressure to use are vital in doing it right. When repopcorning a ceiling that you have just done drywall repairs to, you need a different thickness’ of spray, so contractors that spray from a trailor with a big tank are not ideal, since they can't adjust the consistency of the material that is necessary for the best results.
Although there are some companies in the county that have been here longer, there is no one working there, that’s still hands on, that has been doing it longer. Popcorn ceilings is what we have been doing the longest in South Florida, and like skim-coating, no one does it better that Custom Ceilings & Paint.