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  1. Randyb

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    I am building a cement house. They put a layer of sand and concrete over the blocks, and now say I need a skim coat over this instead of a primer. Anyone else done this?
     
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    Once the layer of sand and concrete is applied (known as finishing) usually painting is next. Perhaps the finishing was done poorly so they want to smooth the surface with a skim coat applied to sand down for effect. Won't hurt, but is more costly. Done a few builds and have never seen nor done that. It's your build so I suggest "you do the saying and they do the listening"
     
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    We used skimcoat on our house. It does give a smoother finish and it's actually not expensive. The main part of the cost is the labour time to apply it.
     
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    Once again, I thank you. It was a very rough finish, but good experienced people are hard to get here. We are WAY back in the mountains here.
     
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    They ordered 30 bags of skim coat, and you are correct, it is very labor intensive. Thinking I wont be doing the exterior of the house. I appreciate your input sir.
     
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    Did they use sifted sand or mountain sand (for those people that remember that story).
    Best of luck and hope it is ready before the rain comes back.
     
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    It was sifted sand.
     
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