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Using this product for painting your skirting boards can be a real joy as it applies evenly without any visible sign of brush strokes. It goes on smoothly, without any runs or marks. Although painting with this satinwood paint can provide a seamless finish, it should be noted it is not a water-based paint. If the paint on your skirting board comes towards a natural end (paint chips and slight discolouration), then it’s advised that you start the process of repainting your skirting again. The paint used on your skirting will be durable and long-lasting, you shouldn’t need to repaint for at least 5-10 years. Once your skirting boards are dry, you need to prime the surface for a professional finish. Dip a 2” brush into the primer covering half of the bristles and wipe away any excess on the rim of the paint tub. An overloaded brush will increase the chances of drips and streaks so.
Using the right paintbrush for the job will ensure a professional finish every time. Of course the type of paintbrush needed will depend on the kind of paint being used, and the object that is to be painted
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- Skirting boards take a lot of knocks so finding damaged bits is not uncommon. When you have finished sanding and scraping the paint back wipe the area down with a Seriously Good Microfibre Cloth to remove any dust and fill any holes or cracking in the skirting board with wood filler using the Premier Filling Knife.
How to get the perfect paint finish
Regarding the type of paint, you can, of course, check the paint can and also the cleaning instructions. If the paint cleans off in water, it is water-based paint, and if it needs solvent, then it is oil-based paint.
• Water-based paint requires a synthetic brush. Wet the brush through and then spin it before adding the paint
• Solvent-based paint can be applied with a synthetic brush, but professional painters prefer a natural bristle. The natural bristle needs to be broken in to produce the best results, so for infrequent use, a synthetic bristle is ideal for using straight from the packet
When it comes to selecting the width of paintbrush to use - the following guide can be used:
• ¾” angled brush is the best for windows. It is easy to get into the corners with this small brush and use a paint kettle too so you only have a small amount of paint to move around.
• 1” brush makes light work of door frames, stairway spindles and small edges.
• 1 ½” brushes are best for larger door frames and skirting boards.
• 2” brush should be used for cupboard doors and dado rails.
• 2 ½” brushes are excellent for painting panelled doors, beams and large furniture.
• 3” and 4” are reserved for larger objects like garage doors and floors.
Tips for getting the best results when painting
Use angled brushes whenever details are small; the point helps to paint with precision. To speed painting up, use the widest brush possible for the area you are painting. Between coats of paint, wrap the brushes in plastic wrap so the brushes don't dry out. Having a variety of brushes to hand helps to speed up the work, and it enables you to complete the job more effectively. To create a brush-mark free finish, ‘lay off’ the paint by passing just the tips of your brush over the wet paint surface to remove any lines.
Look after your paintbrushes
Quality paint brushes improve with use so it is important to look after them well. Take time to clean brushes thoroughly after use - for water-based paint warm, soapy water is best, and oil-based paint requires a purpose-made solvent remover. Work the correct liquid through the bristles until all the paint has been worked loose, then spin the brush to remove as much of the liquid as possible. Spinning can be done by hand, or by using a professional brush spinner. The next step is to comb the bristles with a paint brush comb, or a dog comb works too, then lay the brush flat to dry. Treat the bristles with fabric conditioner or hair conditioner to prolong the life of the brush further. Once it is completely dry, put the brush back into its original packaging to keep the correct shape - some professional even place their brushes in a vapour box to keep them in tip-top condition.
At Hamilton, we, of course, have a wide selection of paintbrushes and with varying sizes. You can view all our ranges by visiting our Hamilton Paint Brush section.
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Painting newly fitted skirting board can be a time-consuming task, whether you decide to paint it yourself or get a professional in to paint it for you. Primed moisture resistant MDF or softwood timber are the most common materials used for interior mouldings, such as skirting and architrave, but they are lengths apart in terms of how they are prepared for painting. We have put together a step-by-step guide on how to paint skirting board, for both softwood timber and SAM primed moisture resistant (MR) MDF, so that you can choose the solution that works best for your project.
If you have decided to paint the skirting board yourself, you will need to have some tools and products to hand. Here’s what you will need for a standard-sized room:
- 2” paint brush (£5-£15*)
- Knotting solution (£10*)
- Wood filler (£4-£8*)
- Filling knife (£4-£10*)
- Sandpaper 180-220 grit (£2-£8*)
- Wood primer (£15-£20* for 1L)
- Wood undercoat (£15-£25* for 1L)
- Oil-based or water-based top coat (£15-£20* for 1L)
- 2” paint brush (£5-£15*)
- Sanding paper 280-320 grit (£2-£8*)
- Undercoat (£15-£25* for 1L)
- Oil-based or water-based top coat (£15-£20* for 1L)
You will also need masking tape and floor protection if your walls have already been painted or decorated and if your floors have been laid.
Most softwood timber skirting will need to be treated with a knotting solution to prevent knots from bleeding through the paint coating. The solution should be applied 2-3 times before using a wood primer and will need at least 15 minutes drying time between each coat. You may also need to fill resin pockets or surface defects with wood filler. After using the knotting solution and wood filler, the timber will need to be rubbed with sandpaper before priming, approximately 180-220 grit. A wood primer should then be applied and allowed to dry for 1.5 to 2 hours to prepare the timber for the undercoat or decorative paint coatings. The timber will need to be sanded again as the fibres will soak up the moisture and rise from the surface.
If you are using SAM moisture resistant MDF skirting, it will have been supplied already primed. We would suggest giving it a quick rub with a fine sandpaper (de-nib), approximately 280-320 grit, to create a key for the paint to stick to.
It is good practice to use one application of undercoat before applying the decorative coat. We recommend giving both softwood timber skirting or SAM primed MDF skirting a rub with sandpaper between coats. You may need to apply an extra coat of decorative paint depending on the colour you have selected.
What Paint Brush To Use For Skirting Boards
You can choose between oil-based paint or water-based paint. The latter is better for the environment and means the paint brush can be cleaned with water afterwards rather than white spirit or brush cleaner. Water-based paint also has a shorter drying time than oil-based paint (approximately 4-6 hours compared to 16-24 hours).
Dip the brush bristles about halfway into the paint and then wipe away the excess to ensure your brush isn’t overloaded. Start by painting the top of the skirting board first and run the brush from side to side. Repeat these steps for the bottom of the skirting board, and then the middle, and make sure you allow enough drying time between coats.
Et voila, your freshly painted skirting boards look great!
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If you would prefer to cut out all the steps above, you can hire a painter to do it for you or you could invest in some SAM Zero fully finished skirting – attach to the wall, fill in the joints and put your feet up – easy peasy!
Please note: the above guidelines are based on using adhesive based fixings. If nails have been used to fit the skirting, nail holes will need to be filled for both primed MDF skirting and softwood timber skirting.
*Costs taken from major DIY store at the time of writing this article and will vary depending on brand and product quality.
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