Asked by: Luc Hascoet
asked in category: General Last Updated: 13th February, 2020

Do skirting boards need undercoat?

Under coats, Primers and Varnishes – If the skirting is currently stained or varnished, you'll need to go over it with a sealer/primer first to stop any stain coming though, then an undercoat to prepare for the topcoat. If the skirting is currently painted you should be able to just paint over it.

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Likewise, people ask, do I need to undercoat pre primed skirting?

Unprimed skirting and architrave will need at least one coat of primer before you apply the final coat of paint. Primer, or undercoat (as it is sometimes called), is a very standard product that you will find in all the major DIY retail stores in the UK.

Additionally, do you have to use gloss on skirting boards? If you choose a satin finish (also known as satinwood), you'll be getting a semi-gloss. It's not as shiny as gloss but not as matt as an eggshell finish. A satin finish gives a clean and crisp look to the skirting boards. It's also easy to maintain and clean.

Additionally, do I need undercoat for gloss?

yes the gloss or any other top finnish needs a key to hold on to so it needs a undercoat. If you want a good job you should always use an undercoat before glossing.

Do you need to sand skirting boards before painting?

Sandpaper – Before you can paint your skirting you'll need to sand it, so some medium to fine grade sandpaper will be required. If its painted in a dark colour and you are going over it with a light colour, it might be worth painting with undercoat first to reduce the amount of gloss coats you'll need.

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