How to Skim Coat Walls

A new approach for smoothing rough walls that's easy to master

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Paint roller
  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Paintbrush
  • Taping knife
  • Mud pan
  • Sanding pole
  • Safety glasses
  • Squeegee knife, 14-in. wide
  • Roller sleeve, 1/2-in. nap

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Drywall compound, regular
  • Drywall compound, setting type
  • Primer
  • Masking tape
  • Sandpaper, 120-grit