Painting gloss on gloss skirting boards: How To Paint Over Gloss Skirting

How To Paint Over Gloss Skirting

Painting over gloss is a great way to bring some new life into your worn out skirting boards. If you have never painted over gloss skirting, there are some things that need to be done before you can get that glossy look on your boards.


Gloss paint is renowned for not only being shiny, but also hard-wearing, making it great for bare wood surfaces such as skirting and doors. Before you apply paint to your existing skirting boards, it’s important to note that you should never paint over glossy surfaces as it won’t stick to the skirting.  


At Skirting 4 U, we understand the importance of making your skirting boards look incredible around your home. This is why we’ve put this guide together to help you understand how to paint over gloss skirting boards properly.


Can you paint over gloss skirting boards?


While painting over gloss skirting boards is possible, we recommend not doing this as it doesn’t provide good adhesion to the skirting’s surface. It means that the newly painted gloss surface will end up chipping after a few days, leaving you once again with tired and worn out skirting boards. 


Before painting the skirting boards, you should clean it with sugar soap first and then sand it with a fine grit sandpaper. By doing this, it’ll provide the correct surface for the paint to stick to the skirting. It means that when you are painting your skirting, you’ll have nice smooth lines that’ll give it a stunning finish to any room in your home.


Whether you are experienced or new to painting over gloss skirting, we have four steps to help you with this process.


Prepare the area before painting over skirting


Preparation is a key part of painting over your gloss skirting boards. It’s worth moving any furniture that may be blocking the skirting, as well as putting down dust sheets to avoid any paint landing on the floor.


When you start to paint your skirting, you should make sure that the room is well-ventilated. If you are painting around light switches, then it’s a good idea to use decorator’s tape. By doing this, it means that the gloss paint does not end up on your carpet or your wall.


It means that when you are painting your skirting, you’ll have nice smooth lines that’ll give it a stunning finish to any room in your home.


Clean and sand the skirting boards


Cleaning and sanding your skirting boards are two important steps that need to be done before you paint the skirting. Overtime, dirt and grease can build up on your skirting, which is what happens when you’ve not cleaned or painted your skirting for a considerable amount of time.


Before you sand the skirting, you should give your dirt or grease-ridden boards a thorough clean with sugar soap and a new cloth. If there are any cracks in the skirting’s surface, you should fill them with wood filler and leave it to dry off. Once the skirting has dried off, you can start the process of sanding the boards.


When it comes to sanding the skirting, the goal is to take the very top coat of paint off the boards. If you have used wood filler, you should rub it down with a 120-grit sandpaper, before sanding the skirting boards with a 180-grit sandpaper. 


Once the gloss surface has been sanded off, wipe the dust off with a damp cloth and leave it to dry.


Paint an undercoat first 


If you are painting your skirting with gloss paint, you’ll need to have painted at least one coat of an undercoat to the surface. It’s worth using between a two or three-inch brush with horizontal strokes to apply that layer of paint to the skirting. 


Once you’ve painted the undercoat, you should leave it to dry. It takes typically around one to two hours for the undercoat to dry. If you want to apply a second undercoat, you should paint the skirting again and then leave the skirting to dry for a similar amount of time to the first undercoat.


Apply the top coat for a gloss finish


Once the undercoats have dried off, you can then apply the top coat to the skirting. This is dependent on the type of paint you want to apply to the boards, whether that is gloss, eggshell or satin. You also need to decide in advance the colour you want to use to paint your skirting so that it fits the home interior you are trying to achieve. 


While one coat should be enough, you may want to include a second top coat to the skirting. After you’ve painted the first coat of gloss to the skirting, you will need to leave it for 24 hours for it to completely dry before you can add the final top coat of gloss paint. Once the second top coat has dried completely, your repainted gloss skirting boards will look as good as new.

We hope this guide to how to paint over gloss skirting will help you when it comes to painting over your skirting boards. If you have any questions about repainting your MDF, oak or pine skirting with gloss or satin paint, you can speak to one of our expert sales team members today.

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Posted by Lee Watkinson on 16th Aug 2021

Gloss paint is the most common choice for skirting boards and other woodwork around the home. Because gloss can go yellow over time, it might be time for a fresh coat. So, how do you paint over gloss skirting?

Clean & Sand

If you want to get stuck in and paint over gloss skirting, thoroughly clean and sand the surface. If done properly, you’ll have no problem adding a layer or two of fresh paint.

If you’re here for a more detailed guide, continue reading and we’ll break it down further.

Easy Guide For Painting Over Gloss

Whether you’re using satin paint or gloss paint, this guide will work for you.

You’ll find that the most important aspect of painting over gloss skirting is the preparation. Follow the first steps closely and a professional finish will be much easier to achieve when repainting skirting boards.

1. Clean The Surface Of The Skirting Board

A damp cloth or rag will suffice here. Make sure you get into all the grooves and detail on the skirting board for a thorough clean.

Dirt and grime are what you are looking to remove. Grease can be present in a kitchen which is tougher to remove so take extra care in these areas.

If you have some stubborn stains, it might be best to use a little sugar soap too. This will really help to break down the residue making it much easier to clean away.

Once you are satisfied that the skirting is clean, allow it to completely dry before moving on.

2. Sand The Surface

Now that your skirting is squeaky clean, the new gloss paint needs a little extra work so that it has a perfect surface to adhere to.

You shouldn’t be trying to strip back layers of old paint here. All you are aiming for is to take the very top layer off.

In doing so, you will leave a smooth and uniform surface on which to paint. Sanding also helps to remove any of the very stubborn dirt that simply cleaning would not shift.

We recommend using a 120 grit sandpaper. It will be strong enough to sand away a layer of paint without leaving deep gouges in the surface.

When sanding a corner or an edge, take it a little easier. The paint will come off of these sections much quicker and you might end up exposing the wood underneath.

3. Clean The Skirtings Again

After you have sanded the skirting down, you’ll have created a fair bit of dust.

Again, a damp cloth or rag will do the trick to remove this. You can vacuum the dust from the carpet / floor at this point too.

Removing as much of the dirt and dust now will reduce the chances of anything unwanted sticking to the gloss when you start painting. Taking your time in the cleaning stages will pay off when it comes to having a professional end result.

4. Masking Tape

This is another vital step where you’ll need to spend a little more time in order to get the best results.

Using masking tape, you can mask off the area directly above and below the skirting board. This will normally be the wall and the flooring / carpet to ensure that the fresh gloss doesn’t go anywhere other than on the skirting.

Doing this properly will leave nice sharp lines around the edges of the skirting.

5. Paint The Skirting

With the time and effort you’ve put into the previous steps, applying the new coat of gloss should be a breeze.

As you are painting the skirting board, apply paint to the brush sparingly as you are only covering a small surface area. This will help to prevent the paint running and pooling up.

Horizontal strokes are best used in this scenario and if you see drips or runs forming, quickly brush them out.

We’d recommend a couple of coats of gloss for good coverage and longevity of the finish. Being gloss, you’ll have to wait longer in between the coats for the first layer to completely dry.

If you’re using a water based paint, you may find that the section you started on is dry once you have completed the first coat in the room. If this is the case, you can repeat the process straight away obviously making this paint choice a quicker option to complete.

Job Done

That’s it, you’ve cleaned and painted your way to a perfect gloss finish on your skirting boards! Hopefully, we’ve given you all the advice you need and now you know how to repaint skirting boards.

All that’s left to now is to sit back and admire your handy work.

Lee Watkinson

Digital Marketing Director at Skirting World with 10 years of experience in Home Interiors & Manufacturing.