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Tips on Painting Skirting Boards

Updated February 21, 2017

If you're painting the skirting boards in your home, there are a few things you can do to make the job easier to tackle. Some people prefer to paint the skirting boards first to get it over and done with, while others would rather leave the job until the very end. However, most experts prefer to paint from the top down. Either way, it's generally not a task many people look forward to doing when painting their house.

Clean the Boards

Before you paint the skirting boards you should make sure they are clean. You can do this by wiping off any dust and dirt that's on them with a simple soap and water solution. You should cover all of the mouldings on the boards or else the dirt might mix in with your paint. If there are some spots that won't come clean, you can try a solution of vinegar and water to remove them or try using bleach.

Protect the Floor

If you're not painting the floor or replacing it, make sure you cover it up well so as not to get paint on it. The best way to do this is to place a thin piece of cardboard between the skirting boards and the floor. You can then move the cardboard along the floor and boards as you make your way painting down the boards. You could also just cover the floor instead all the way along the boards.

Pull Carpets

If the floor has carpeting on it, pull it back before painting the skirting boards. You can pry the carpeting off of the floor by using a wallpaper knife. Then pull it back until you can see the exposed floor. You can then cover up the exposed area the same way you would cover the floor, by using cardboard or some type of drop cloth or plastic.

Don't Soak the Brush

You shouldn't soak your brush in the paint. All you really need is a small amount on the brush. Too much paint could result in it dripping off of the brush and the paint could then go anywhere. It's also a good idea to use downward strokes when painting the skirting boards.

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