How to Paint Skirting in 3 Steps!

How to Paint Skirting

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Let’s picture a scenario together. Does your room look like it needs a change but you can’t put a finger on what?


Perhaps it’s your skirting board. Although they don’t get much attention, a dull and chipped skirting dulls the whole room. Not any more!


In this post, we’re going to show you how to paint skirting in just 3 easy steps! We’ll be your travel guide throughout the whole journey, so buckle up as we begin.

The 3 P’s of Painting

If you’re anything like us, a perfectly painted skirting is going to give you the ultimate satisfaction! It’s just one of those little things.


But there’s a catch.


A skirting board is a narrow space between your floor and the wall. You must be precise and super careful. Otherwise, you may risk smudging paint on your walls and precious floor.


Lucky for you, you can achieve this with a simple 3P formula of painting. Almost all paint jobs can be done by keeping the 3 Ps in mind. They are as follows:


  • Prepping
  • Priming
  • Painting


That sounds pretty achievable, right? These three points will basically form the backbone of your plan. So let’s delve into what they’re all about and all the things you’ll need to begin.




List of Things You’ll Be Needing

How to Paint Skirting

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Before elaborating on the steps, why don’t we take a look at the list of things you’ll need to get started? That way, you can head out and get your hands on them before we start.


  • Plastic Sheet
  • Painting/Masking Tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Vacuum Cleaner/Broom
  • Washcloth
  • Paintbrush ( approx. 5 cm)
  • Oil Based Primer
  • Oil Based Paint


How to Paint Skirting?

How to Paint Skirting

Photo from Canva

Now that we have all the formalities out of the way, let’s get into business. We’ll look at the 3 Ps and all the steps it encompasses in detail.

Part 1: Prepping

Prepping includes everything you need to do prior to painting. This includes preparing your surroundings so that you don’t damage anything while painting.


Moreover, this also includes prepping the skirting itself so that you have a nice base. Let’s look at both of them in detail. Before we start. shift all the furniture in your room to the center. This way, you’ll have lots of empty space.

●      Prep the Skirting

If the skirting in your room has worn down with age, then you need to repair it before you start painting.


First sand the skirting board using sandpaper. Buff away the top damaged layer in circular motions to create a smooth base for the paint to sit.


Next, take a vacuum cleaner or broom and clean away all of the debris collected on the floor. This will help you prevent a mess later on.


Now, dip a rag in warm soapy water and clean the skirting. Scrub away any tough dirt and wipe it with a clean rag.

●     Prep the Room

After preparing the skirting, Next, take a few big plastic sheets and cover the furniture completely.


Once all of your furniture is covered, it’s time to protect your floors. If you have a carpet that isn’t glued to the ground, you can move it. But if this seems too much of a hassle, you can always cover it with plastic sheets.


Take a painters tape and stick the sheet to the floor of your room. Do this carefully so that no space is left between the floor and the walls.


After that, use the painters tape above the skirting on the wall too. This will help you to do a precise job.

Part 2: Priming

Now that we’ve prepared the room, let’s come to Priming. If you’re painting your skirting for the first time, this is a must! But if you previously painted your skirting, and the paint is not worn out, you may choose to skip this.

●     Why Need a Primer?

Well because a primer will help your paint to stick to the skirting. Moreover, a primer will increase the paint life and you’ll decrease the chance of paint chipping. All in all, we’re creating a smooth base for the paint to adhere to.

●     Use an Oil-Based Primer

We recommend you to use an oil-based primer in this case. Although a bit more expensive, oil-based products last longer than water-based ones.

Part 3: Painting

After you’ve applied the primer, let it dry according to the instructions on the can. Now let’s talk about painting.

●     Use an Oil Based Paint

Since we’ve used an oil-based primer, make sure you apply oil-based paint too. This will make your paint last longer and also fill in any chips or cracks due to its thick consistency. Win-win!


If you’re stuck on what finish to choose, you can opt for a glossy or semi-glossy finish. It’ll give a nice touch of shine in your room.

●     Wear Protective Gear

Make sure you have protective gear on. Masks and gloves are a must. Without them, you run into the risk of inhaling toxic fumes.

●     How to Paint Skirting

Take your angled brush and dip it in the paint. Next, brush off the excess and start from one corner of the skirting.


Paint an even coat but don’t go over one place more than twice. Also, be super careful when you paint the top and bottom sides of the skirting. Here’s where a slip of the hand can cost you.


Now let the paint dry. Depending on the brand, your drying time may differ. After the paint is all dried up, you can always go for touch-ups. After you’re done, remove all the painters tape and plastic. Your skirting looks as good as new!

Call us direct at Earles Paints on 07 4121 5202 for all the information you need and visit us : Earle Paint Place Maryborough.


And we’re done! We hope this post gave you a clear picture of how to paint skirting. Just follow these three basic steps and you’re all set!


Do give our method a try and tell us how your skirting looks. Have you ever painted a skirting before? Do you have any tips we missed? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you.


Have a good day and keep some ointment in hand, in case all the painting gives you back pain. Bye!




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