When it comes to skirting boards, it is important to ensure they are correctly painted because the purpose of a skirting board is to give a room a professional finish, and if they are not correctly painted this ruins the effect they have on the room.


What should I be using to paint?

To ensure that your skirting boards have the best finish possible, it is important to choose the right paint and paintbrush for the job, as these are both important factors in the final result.


What paint should I use?


Gloss is usually the most popular due to the shiny appearance that it leaves on surfaces once it has dried, the only downside to this is that it takes far longer than most normal paints to fully dry and harden.


Satin paint is more reflective than matte paints and its better at handling wear from high traffic household areas, ideal for skirting boards and kitchen areas. The only downside to this paint is that it does not help to hide any imperfection’s in the surface of the wood.


Eggshell paint leaves a slight sheen and low-luster finish that looks similar to an eggshell. This paint is great for medium to low traffic areas and it can be easily wipe cleaned, perfect for children’s bedrooms and kitchens.


What paintbrush should I be using?

When applying this paint make sure that a brush is used that is a suitable size for the skirting board and be careful about using a roller as they are usually designed for large flat surfaces not skirting boards. If you have a large flat skirting board with no engravements in the wood then a roller might be the better option as it is faster and often produces a more even paint finish.

When selecting your paintbrush, make sure you choose a quality brush if you want the best finish as low-quality brushes can leave bristles in the paint. If the bristles are not removed before the paint is dry then it is impossible to remove them without ruining the finish.


Painting the Skirting Board

In this section, we will be going over how to paint the skirting board to give it a nice clean finish which will look great in your home.



The first thing that you must consider when painting a skirting board is preparing the surface for the paint. If the wood of the skirting board is bare then it must be treated with a knotting solution and a wood primer before any paint can be applied.

If the skirting board already has paint on it then make sure the surface is cleaned and sanded down using low grit sandpaper, this ensures that the paint will stick to the surface of the old paint. The final step of preparing for paining is to masking tape the floor and wall directly adjacent to the skirting board to prevent paint spillage and to ensure a clean professional looking finish.


How You Should Apply Your Selected Paint

While painting makes sure that you:

  • Paint in long horizontal strokes and spread the paint as much as possible to prevent dripping or an uneven looking finish.
  • When refilling your brush make sure you start 1ft away from the already painted area and then work the paint towards it, this will help prevent dripping.
  • Make sure you don't overfill the brush with paint as this will make it harder to spread the paint evenly and cause dripping, this can be done by scraping the side of the paint tin to remove any excess paint.

If you use all of this information to paint your skirting boards correctly then you are certain to wow people with your excellent looking painted finish