How to Paint Skirting/Base Boards Like a Pro!

How to Paint Skirting/Base Boards Like a Pro!


Hello! The Building Sheriff here. We are
now going to cover how to paint skirting boards with topcoat – by topcoat I mean
any gloss paint: that can be eggshell, satinwood, full gloss. I’m not talking quick-drying. You get a much
better professional result with an oil based paint. I’m assuming few things here.
Firstly that the boards have been properly prepared. They’ve been sanded, been undercoated,
they’ve been filled, sanded again and dusted off. Dust is our enemy here! We
need a clean brush. I know this looks like it’s been used quite a bit but it’s
clean. I washed it up in white spirit and there are no bits in it. Bits will be
the ruination of you’re skirting boards! If you paint them and you’ve got dust,
you go close up they will look absolutely terrible – you’re going to have to start
again. Right. First tip when using gloss paint. If you just put the gloss paint on,
out of the tin – straight out – take the lid off and start painting, you’ll find that
it won’t go on very well and you’ll think that’s because of your painting
abilities. However it’s very thick – it comes as a
gloopy consistency that does not go well onto the boards straight out of the can. So what’s the answer? White spirit. What
you need to do is open your white spirit, add a little dash to the top stir it around you’ll get a smoother
slightly thinner consistency, and then that will make the cutting in so much easier. And the other two vital
additions to a painter’s armoury is sandpaper – keep your sandpaper with you –
if you’re painting you see a little nibs don’t paint over the top. Don’t be lazy.
Give it a quick sand and then… your dusting brush. This can be any old brush but it
needs to be clean. It can have dust in it but it can’t have grit in it. And then once you’ve sanded
something just dust it off and to be honest I use this as I go along. I’ll do
metre length and then the next metre length I’ll dust forwards – the dust won’t
come backwards, just gently forwards. Before you start any painting you need to get
the vacuum out! Get this on – vacuum on the top of the skirting vacuum along where
the skirting meets the carpet or where the skirting meets the unfinished floor. This is vital – you think it’s going to be
clean but there WILL BE dust there and that will ruin a good job. So preparation
really is key. What you want to do is dip your brush
into the paint about half an inch quarter of an inch, so your paint is on
the end of the brush. Then you need to wipe one side off. There you go. Now, the side
with the paint on is on the top when you paint and you apply this slowly, slowly,
slowly just a few millimetres away from your cut in line – ie, where skirting board
meets the wall. The next thing is to add paint – don’t worry about scraping off
either side. That then goes on the main body of the skirting board in long
strokes, okay, working from the top down but don’t hit the bottom yet, there you go,
nice long strokes and then finally another little bit and you’re effectively cutting in again. You’re cutting in at the bottom of the skirting board down to
the floor and again what you do is you reach down to the bottom and then you
find your position and you just draw along. All of this painting will have given
you different lines on there – it’s not smooth yet. This is where a pro will now do
what’s called “laying off”. To lay off you have an empty brush and you just draw
the brush along the top, and then next stroke just below and the final stroke
down the bottom. You can see that is a perfectly smooth finish. So there we have it: painting skirting
boards – easier than you think. If you’ve got carpet then have a look at my “how to
mask carpets when painting skirting boards”. I know it’s catchy title – it’s a must-see. So there are your tips. No dust. Good consistency of paint – use
some spirit. Two-inch brush – use a decent brush and make sure it’s clean. If you do find any bits in there, stick
your finger on them they’ll come off and lay it off and then go back to your
paintwork after five minutes or after each run when you’ve done the next run go back
and then just check for any runs and if you have just lay it off and that’s the
beauty of using gloss. Do not buy the non-drip gloss! That stuff is rubbish.
Within two minutes it has this kind of film over it that if you break that, if you
try and lay it off you can’t and you get in all kinds of
mess. So trust yourself and use a decent paint. There you go! How to paint skirting.

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