Everything You Need to Know About Painting Skirting Boards

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We all know that the best way to make a room feel complete is by adding skirting boards, which as you will notice, tend to get more damage over time. Some of the most common ways to damage your skirting are by hitting it with your shoes, with the vacuum cleaner, being chewed on or scratched by pets, and even if you avoid all these issues, the skirting will still collect dust and dirt due to its location. So you will probably have to paint it much more often than you will paint your walls. If you want your skirting boards to be extra resistant, you should order them only from skirting experts, such as Skirting World.

If you are considering painting a room and you are unsure whether you should paint the walls or the skirting boards first – our advice is to start with the skirting boards. The main reason why you should always start by painting your skirting boards consists of the fact that emulsion is much easier to clean off of an oil-based or glossy paint as opposed to removing the gloss from an emulsion-painted surface. So here is what you will need:

  • 2-inch paint brush
  • Gloss or oil-based paint
  • Painter’s/masking tape
  • Protection sheets
  • Cardboard to protect the floors or self-adhesive floor protection
  • Soap and water
  • Fine Sandpaper
  • Primer(optional)

Your job will be very easy if your skirting boards have been installed recently and are already primed or painted. However, if the skirting boards are wood finished and have never been painted before, then you will have to apply the primer first.

You will have to follow the steps below for all the layers of the coating. The best technique is to apply one layer of primer, and two layers of the final paint, or if you don’t need to apply the primer then just apply the two coats of paint directly.

Using the 2-inch brush, start by painting the top of the skirting board making sure that the brush is not dripping with paint. Dip the brush into the paint about half way through and then remove the extra paint on one side of the brush by brushing it against the inside of the paint tin. The brush should be well-loaded with paint on a single side in order to avoid paint dripping. To get a nice, even paint job, make sure you hold the brush at an angle of 45 degrees against the skirting board top and run it from the right side to the left side. Once you are done with the top of the skirting, repeat the process for the bottom and try to catch all the drips. If the paint drips noticeably, it’s best to go over it with the brush as fast as possible before the paint is dry.

Now that you painted the top and the bottom of your skirting boards, you only need to fill in the middle part. Repeat the previous steps for each coating of paint and give the paint time to dry in-between the coats. Make sure you also take into account the instructions that come from the paint manufacturer. Now you are almost done. All you need to do is remove the wall protection tape while the paint is still wet and allow it some time to dry before you also remove to floor protection.

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