How to paint over gloss skirting

Gloss skirting is one of those things that just fades with time, either by yellowing with age or damage from being in a high traffic area. Either way, it is one of those jobs that needs doing again every few years. But how do you paint over gloss skirting? Well worry not, we have a full step by step guide complete with photos down below for you.

Step By Step Guide

Here you will find our complete step by step guide to painting over gloss skirting. These instructions work with either gloss or satin paint, oil or water-based it really doesn’t matter. When it comes to painting over gloss skirting 90% of your time will be spent on prep with only %10 actually painting. Good prep work is essential to achieving a good finish on your freshly painted skirting.

Step 1 – Clean

Get a damp rag and clean your skirting. Get into all the nooks and crannies and give it a really good clean. You are trying to remove any dirt and grime, grease can be a particular problem in the kitchen so if you happen to be painting a kitchen then pay extra attention to this.

Clean the area to be painted
Clean the area to be painted

Step 2 – Sand

Now it is time to sand down the skirting board, you are not trying to take it back to the original wood/mdf here, just scratch the top layer off. This smooths the surface down, making it more uniform. It also helps to remove any stubborn dirt, giving you the best possible surface to paint on.

I used a 120 grit paper, this worked really well. It is rough enough to actually remove some material but not too strong to the point where it leaves deep douges. You need to be careful when sanding corners as the paint comes off here a lot easier, quickly leaving the wood underneath exposed.

Sand with medium grit sandpaper
Sand with medium-grit sandpaper

Step 3 – Clean Again

Now you need to go back and clean up all the dust you just made! A damp rag will do the trick once again. It is also really worthwhile vacuuming your floor/carpet at this point. If you can just reduce the amount of dust/pet hair etc in the vicinity you have a much lower chance of something getting stuck in your gloss when it does come to painting.

Step 4 – Mask

Now, this is a step you really want to spend a good amount of time on, masking up the area around your skirting board. This can make a big difference in the quality of finish you can achieve. A little time here can result in nice sharp lines around the edges of your skirting board.

Masking tape surrounding areas
Masking tape surrounding areas

Step 5 – Paint

Now it is finally time to paint over your gloss skirting board. If you have put the time and effort into preparing everything properly then this part will be nice and simple.

You only need a little paint on your brush for skirting, you are after all painting a small surface area. It is important you don’t overload the brush, this is how you end up with runs in your paint.

Work the paint onto the skirting in horizontal strokes, if you see any runs or drips forming then brush them out again with horizontal strokes.

Two coats of gloss normally does the job well for me. If you are using water-based paint then you will only have to wait an hour or so between coats. With this speedy drying time you will probably find that by the time you have finished a full room the first area you painted is already dry and ready for a second coat.

You only need a tiny bit of paint
You only need a tiny bit of paint

The Result

Here is the final result from my own attempt at painting over gloss skirting. As you can see it has come out quite well, so if you two are wondering how to paint over gloss skirting then simply follow the steps above and you to can do this DIY job!

Finished after two coats
Finished after two coats

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Sam Wood

Wood by name, wood by nature. I am a fully qualified, time-served, award-winning joiner with an NVQ Level 3 in Carpentry and Joinery as well as an HNC in Construction. Beyond my joinery qualifications, I have also earned a degree in building surveying. I believe these qualifications make me perfectly positioned to provide expert advice on many different areas of DIY as well as share all of the tips I have picked up in over a decade working on building sites!

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