How to Skim Coat Walls Using the Paint Roller Trick

The paint roller trick is a great technique for skim coating over walls that have a lot of cosmetic damage, after wallpaper removal or in this case a bad knockdown texture job.
The paint roller trick is a great technique for skim coating over walls that have a lot of cosmetic damage, after wallpaper removal or in this case a bad knockdown texture job. In this video I'll show you how to do the first coat of two skim coats on a wall to get rid of a knockdown texture. This skim coating technique is a great way for anyone from DIYers to contractors to apply a skim coat drywall or plaster walls and ceilings.


I'll be using the paint roller method with a 1 1/4" roller cover and thinned down all purpose joint compound.


I'm using a 14"drywall taping knife and mud pan to smooth out the mud.
If you have a wall or two skim coat and have some questions? Feel free to ask me in the comments section below. Thanks, -Paul
You could also have a unique texture using the roller trick and some thinned down all purpose joint compound as well. Just don't smooth it out with your drywall taping knife.
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  • K Arnold K Arnold on Mar 29, 2016
    what do you use to thin joint compound with and what is the ratio?

  • DF DF on Mar 30, 2016
    I'm wondering if this technique will work to cover paneling in mobile home? I'm thinking I could pull the strips off walls that hide seams and patch, then use this technique ? Do you think it would be to heavy?!

  • David David on Aug 20, 2016
    How necessary is the second coat? I have done the first and am confident it is smooth. Do I need a second?

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