Wanna make mud pies?
Today was the day. I skimcoated the chimney! I started at about 11 AM and finished the clean up around 3 PM.
I did not have a mortar mixer or a paddle for the drill so I had to mix the stuff by hand. I mixed 25 lbs. of the finish at a time. Hard work!
I ended up using the pointing trowel to load the trowel. I had the best luck with a smallish one that had a toothed edge. I applied the finish vertically and then "finished" it with more horizontal sweeps of a larger, smooth edged trowel. I found working up the sides easier than working down them.
The "thimble" (stove pipe goes on it) took some fussing:
But the corners were harder. I ended up sort of gently patting the finish on and the using the wet pointing trowel to smooth them as best I could.
Here is the chimney after I finished it:
Here you are in the Salon looking directly north. The stair case is to your right:
And here you are, looking directly south: