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    Decorating question - any tips on painting skirting boards please?

    I need to paint the skirting boards along my stairs but I cannot take the carpets up - any tips for the best way to avoid getting gloss paint on them?

    Also, is it best to emulsion walls first then gloss skirting boards or the other way around?

    Thank you for any help.

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    Masking tape

    Original Poster

    RossD89

    Masking tape



    Thanks. I tried that on a glass-paned door last week and it didn't work too well

    Butterbean

    Thanks. I tried that on a glass-paned door last week and it didn't work … Thanks. I tried that on a glass-paned door last week and it didn't work too well



    This might be a useful video

    youtube.com/wat…Shs

    Use the widest masking tape you can get

    Original Poster

    RossD89

    This might be a useful videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pU_5BFiShs



    Thank you - that is really helpful and I'll definitely try that.
    I could listen to his accent all day But that won't get the painting done.

    either masking tape pushed well into the carpet/skirting board gap or use a paint guide tool. These are normally used on room carpets not stair carpets - will be OK on the tread but more tricky on the risers

    http://www.bowerpowerblog.com/2010/02/how-to-paint-floor-trim/

    Paint the skirting boards with gloss first then the walls with emulsion. Emulsion will wipe of the gloss easily if any mistakes are made - but you will not get gloss off an emulsioned wall !

    hth

    EliTom

    Gloss the skirting boards first, if emulsion paint gets on them you can wipe it off with a damp rag, you can't get gloss off emulsion.
    I only know the masking tape route, use a bigger brush for the middle and top of the skirting and go back with a very small brush along the bottom. As it's the stairs, if you only do along the bottom with a lighter coat it shouldn't be noticeable.
    Leave the masking tape down for longer than it says on the tin for the paint to dry and remove it slowly.

    There are many different types of masking tape and it will not adhere in the same way on glass as it does on carpet. I would buy some good quality 'high tack' masking tape to use on the carpet and really stick it down. You can also buy rolls of carpet protector which do a similar job. Depending on the thickness of your carpet, you may need to squash it down as you paint each stair's skirting. I would emulsion first and gloss last (masking off the emulsioned areas when glossing), but it really depends on your preference and steady hand. Remember, you won't be able to get the paint all the way to the carpet line without taking off the carpet - if you're just redoing white gloss, this shouldn't matter, but if you're completely changing the colour, you may have to lift the carpet to get a professional finish.
    Edited by: "Mermoo" 2nd May 2014

    Original Poster

    Thank you everyone for the replies - I definitely feel much better equiped to do the job now

    This has also helped me, cheers.

    Use eggshell instead of gloss, will be easier to use and will wash off carpet if you make a mistake.

    Use a paint shield...i am including a link to give you an idea as to what it is....you can research and find out the cheapest one..i bought a similar one for around 3-4 pounds a few years back...very useful, it is much better than the hassel of masking tape

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    here is another version....i have this one and it is easy to hold

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    dereklogan7

    Use eggshell instead of gloss, will be easier to use and will wash off … Use eggshell instead of gloss, will be easier to use and will wash off carpet if you make a mistake.



    Would that look ok over existing gloss? On the banisters too?
    I hate glossing because it takes so long to dry and however hard I try to keep them away my dogs end up with paint patches on them

    Butterbean

    Would that look ok over existing gloss? On the banisters too?I hate … Would that look ok over existing gloss? On the banisters too?I hate glossing because it takes so long to dry and however hard I try to keep them away my dogs end up with paint patches on them



    yes you can use eggshell / silk / semi gloss over full gloss - BUT you will have to sand the old gloss paint down well to get the gloss of it and give a good key for the new paint.

    I have not used gloss in many many years because IMHO eggshell looks far better - hides more imperfections and is easier to apply.

    EliTom

    Butterbean

    Would that look ok over existing gloss? On the banisters too?I hate … Would that look ok over existing gloss? On the banisters too?I hate glossing because it takes so long to dry and however hard I try to keep them away my dogs end up with paint patches on them


    As above.

    I tried using the carpet projector stuff and it was pretty useless, stuck to itself but that's all!

    dereklogan7

    Use eggshell instead of gloss, will be easier to use and will wash off … Use eggshell instead of gloss, will be easier to use and will wash off carpet if you make a mistake.



    Same with some 'silk' finish paints - you just need to make sure you buy a water based paint - the easiest way to check is to see what it says you need to use to wash the brushes in afterwards (if it says soap and water, then it's water based).

    pud55

    I tried using the carpet projector stuff and it was pretty useless, stuck … I tried using the carpet projector stuff and it was pretty useless, stuck to itself but that's all!



    I found the trick with this is to use a broom to roll it out onto the carpet and flatten it down.
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