Painting Skirting Boards Properly

As topics go, this is quite a dry one. Off to a good start, eh? But almost every room will have skirting boards, and probably wooden trim around doors and windows too, so we get asked about them an awful lot. Hw should you approach painting skirting boards? Which paint is best? And what should you paint first? Let’s have a brisk look at how best to tackle them.

Should I paint wood or skirting first?

First things first, you can do the messy sanding. If you’re going to lightly sand down the skirting and woodwork (which you should) it’s best to get the dirty work out the way. Give it a wipe down with a damp cloth after. Then tape up the woodwork with decorators tape to protect it whilst you paint the walls.

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Which paint is best for skirting boards?

Always use a paint designed for wood - like a gloss or eggshell. They’re designed especially to stick to the wood surface, and are much more hardy than wall paint. They’ll stand scuffs and knocks for years, but normal emulsion will mark. COAT’s Eggshell paint is designed specifically for interior woodwork, and will effortlessly stand up to knocks and scuffs whilst also looking all matt and amazing.

How should I paint skirting boards?

Use decorators tape to protect the floor. Assuming you’ve sanded them before, the Eggshell or Gloss paint should paint onto the skirting boards really nicely using a good brush. Use a small brush with long, smooth strokes to get the best finish. Don’t worry too much if you can see brushstrokes as you go, a good Eggshell or Gloss product will smooth as it dries. That’s called ‘levelling’ to geeks in the trade. You can be really professional and use a mini gloss roller if you fancy. Included in the COAT Large Supplies Kit, the spongy gloss roller will give you a ridiculously smooth finish for flat skirting boards or wood panelling.

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How should I paint wood panelling?

Give the wood a light sand to help the paint stick. Use decorators tape to protect any edges where you don’t want runover. Then using a brush, or a mini gloss roller for larger flat areas, apply the paint liberally using long strokes. Watch out for corners where the paint could collect and drip. You don’t want too much excess paint.

Every room’s got them, so there’s no avoiding it - you’re going to have to paint your skirting boards. When you start painting the walls you’ll probably want to tackle the scruffy boards anyway, so do it right: 1) LIght sand and wipe down, 2) Paint your walls, 3) Use an Eggshell paint on skirting boards and woodwork. Done.


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