How to skim coat using the paint roller trick

In this Blog video two part series I’ll show you how to do the first coat and second skim coats on a wall to get rid of an ugly poorly done knockdown texture. This how to skim coat trick is a great way for anyone from DIYers to contractors to apply a skim coat to drywall and plaster walls or ceilings.

Skim Coating to get rid of ugly texture

I’ll be using the paint roller method with a 1 1/4″ roller nap (cover) and I thinned down the all purpose joint compound with water.

How to skim coat dtywall with the paint roller method

How to skim coat dtywall with the paint roller method

For skimming I’m using a 14″ drywall taping knife and mud pan to smooth out the mud that was applied.

Skimming out the rolled on mud with a 14" drywall taping knife

Skimming out the rolled on mud with a 14″ drywall taping knife

How to skim coat- Paint roller trick on Youtube (Part 1)

How to skim coat- Paint roller trick (Part 2)

This How to Skim Coat Trick is a must when skim coating walls and ceilings for DIY’ers!

Once the first skim coat is complete, let the joint compound dry for 24 hours. Day 2- scape any high spots with your 6″ drywall knife and then apply another skim coat to the area. This skim coat will be much easier and smoother than the first skim coat and it will also dry a lot faster too.

Once the second coat is dry:
1) Sand entire wall with 100 grit sandpaper
2) Remove sanding dust from walls by using a half of a bucket of water and a yellow grout sponge rinsing the sponge often in the bucket of water.
3) Prime with a quality latex acrylic primer.
4) Paint on two coats of a quality paint and you’re done!

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Comments from: Paul Peck- Owner at Peck Drywall and Painting

In Conclusion: I highly recommend this skim coating with the paint roller trick to any contractors or even Do it Yourself’ers for covering up an ugly texture, looking for a smoother finish on their drywall or plaster walls and ceilings, or even after removing wallpaper!

I think this how to skim coat trick saved me several hours of work by not having to take the extra time to try and keep the mud thickness as consistent as possible which means less sanding and mudding.

Tip: If you’re trying to cover up a knockdown or skip trowel texture, be sure to use at least a 1″ to 1 1/4″ roller cover when applying the first skim coat. Then a 3/4″ nap will work fine for the second skim coat of all purpose joint compound to the wall or ceiling or skim coating.

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Good luck with your skim coating project! -Paul

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DIY Skim Coating- In this video I’m gonna show you how to mix the skim coat and also all of the tools needed to for mixing an all purpose joint compound for skim coating.


Here’s the tools I used to get the job done in this skim coating by hand video:

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The Rope Trick – Trim Tex Architectural Reveal Bead Installation

Reveal Bead – Tips and Tricks

In this Blog video I’ll be demonstrating the rope trick on some inset baseboard using Trim Tex Reveal Bead for a 1/2″ reveal and Super Seal Gasket L Bead Tearaway for where the inset baseboards meet the porcelain tile floor. I’ll be installing the reveal bead by setting it in mud using USG Easy Sand 90 minute setting type joint compound w/ Trim Tex Powdered Mud Max joint compound additive. I’m also bedding in fiberglass mesh drywall tape over of the beads in the special blend of mud.

Reveal Bead Rope Trick on Youtube

The rope trick is perfect for protecting the reveal from getting joint compound in the reveal of the bead when doing drywall or any type of drywall art wall finishing.

The Rope trick is a must when doing reveal beads!

Once the rope is pulled out from the first coat I’ll be doing two more coats of the Mud Max 90 without the rope. Because with the rope trick the mud is very close to being flat along the top and bottom of the architectural reveal bead. I chose to use the architectural reveal bead because it creates the sharpest cleanest aesthetic reveals. The regular reveal bead has has more of a rounded profile along the top and bottom of the reveal. Both of these types of 1/2″ reveal beads or any reveal beads for that matter can utilize the rope trick to keep mud from getting in the reveal while doing the first mud set and taping coat.

The Rope Trick using Trim-Tex Architectural Reveal Bead on an inset baseboard project

The Rope Trick using Trim-Tex Architectural Reveal Bead on an inset baseboard project

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Comments from: Paul Peck- Owner at Peck Drywall and Painting

In Conclusion: I highly recommend this rope trick any drywall or stucco contractors installing any type of reveal bead!

I think the rope trick saved me several hours of work by not having to take the extra time to try and keep as mud mud as possible from getting into the reveal bead and also the time to clean out the reveal after the first coat. Because it would be virtually impossible to keep mud out of the reveal while doing the first coat of Mud max 90.

Tip: Keep a five gallon bucket filled halfway up with water while your pulling the rope out and you can clean it off easily in the bucket wit a rag.

PS: Our record for the most continuous amount of rope pulled was the full 50′ of rope that we had.
Can you beat that Record???

How To and Product Review – Strait Flex Uno-Bead

Strait Flex Uno-Bead - Corner bead on a roll

Strait Flex Uno-Bead – Corner bead on a roll


In this product review and demonstration video, I will be using the Strait flex Uno-Bead for the first time ever. This will enable you to see how easy the Strait Flex Uno-Bead is to work with without ever have used it before. Or what might be a bit of a learning curve when it comes to using a product you have never used before. Thanks for watching and if you have any questions about the Strait Flex Uno-Bead please feel free to ask me in the comments section of my video on Youtube.

I’ll be replacing the old corner bead from a closet modification with the Strait Flex composite corner bead on a roll. The closet had already been taken apart by the homeowner that had just purchased this home.The plan was to make a computer/gaming area for their son where the closet was. Since their new to them home was having several remodeling projects going on anyways they wanted to have me take care of this extra job while I was there.

My conclusion after trying Uno-Bead for the first time on this remodeling project is that whether you’re a contractor, handyman or even a home improvement DIY’er. This product will be a fast and easy way to install corner bead on new drywall and drywall repairs. And the Strait Flex Uno-Bead is much stronger the traditional corner beads which means it’s great for drywall corners in high traffic areas.

Another benefit is Uno-Bead requires less joint compound than the traditional metal corner bead or vinyl corner bead. Which speeds up drying time as well. So you can save time, the amount of materials needed to finish outside 90 degree drywall corner. All of this means you make more money while also getting a better and stronger end result. Also since this corner bead product comes on a roll, it’s easily stored eliminating the need to have a special place to store it from getting damaged before getting to the job where you’ll be doing your drywall finishing.

I would definitely use Strait Flex Uno-Bead Again again!

Here some stats about Strait Flex Uno-Bead 222:

  • This composite corner bead provides outside 90 degree corners for drywall, plaster and EIFS applications and perfectly replaces damaged metal corner bead.
  • Works on all inside and outside corners
  • Drywall, thin coat plaster, EIFS and kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels, home renovations and new construction.
  • High traffic areas where bumps and dents commonly occur.
  • Reduces waste and is easily transported.
  • Uno-Bead 222 is sized to be a permanent replacement to damaged corner bead.
  • Installs using all standard methods: Drywall compound, Plaster, EIFS, glue, staples, nails or screws.
  • Available in 2.22″ and 3″ widths.
  • Mold proof, Rust proof and Alkali resistant.
  • Slots insure quick drying time and unmatched bonding strength.
  • PVC/Nylon composite material ensure straight corners every time and prevents mold and rust.