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How to Effectively Paint Doors and Skirting Boards

Good decoration can restore almost any room to its former glory. Doors and skirting boards may seem like minor elements, but when they are badly decorated – you’ll notice. They can instantly make a room feel drab and unkempt. Give them some attention and you’ll be surprised at the difference you can make!


Clean up

Before you even think about painting your doors or skirting boards, you want to make sure they are as clean as possible. Secure any loose nails and don’t forget to allow the surface to dry completely before you start painting.

Get taping

Once you’ve cleaned up and you’re getting ready to paint, remember to cover anything important. Be sure to apply tape to anything that you don’t want paint on. Remember to be careful and cover areas where possible such as door knobs, hinges, carpets, light switches, etc. If you miss this step you’ll have lovely doors and skirting boards – but may end up covering things you don’t want in paint!

Choose your paint

If the doors and skirting boards you are going to paint are suffering from staining of any kind such as knots bleeding through, water damage, or even if they’ve been previously painted in a dark colour or varnish that you want to obliterate, we recommend Zinsser B-I-N for the job. This paint has many benefits and is an essential to most professional painters as it’s a primer, sealer and stain killer. It even has excellent adhesion to glossy surfaces like glass with our having to scuff sand the surface first! So, if you’ve no time to sand you can skip it.  You’ll be able to deal with issues such as water, fungal, nicotine and other stains with one fantastic product.

Not only that but Zinsser B-I-N blocks odours such as smoke and fire damage, pets or nicotine. Use it in any area’s where you want to block odours, or even recover a room that’s starting to smell off-putting.


Once you’ve prepared and primed your doors and skirting boards it’s time to choose a topcoat. We recommend Zinsser Perma-White Interior, because these areas are always subject to high levels of wear and tear, humidity, poor circulation or frequent temperature change. Despite the name, Zinsser Perma-White is available in a wide range of colours and finishes so you can choose the right colour scheme for your room. This paint is guaranteed for five years to protect you from mould and mildew, its water based so nice and friendly to use and it provides a great finish by brush and roller. Not only that, but it bonds to surfaces excellently, so if your surfaces don’t require priming with Zinsser B-I-N you can just get straight on with painting! The bright range of colours give you the freedom to be imaginative with your decoration, without having to think about primers and too much preparation!

After reading this – there is no excuse to not give your doors and skirting boards a makeover! If you need any help choosing the right paint, contact the team at Rawlins Paints.

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