What is the Best Paint for Skirting Boards?
For those in the middle of a renovation project, painting your walls is hardly enough if your skirting boards are old and scruffy. Freshly painted skirting will give your home or commercial premises a clean new look, but many people are often confused as to which paint to use on skirting boards.
Whether you’ve ordered new skirting or you just want to revamp your old profiles, choosing a suitable paint will depend on the final look you wish to achieve and the material of your skirting boards.
If you want to select the right product, take a look at these pros and cons of the best paint types and finishes on the market.
Gloss paint delivers a highly reflective, shiny appearance and is very durable. Most suitable when combined with light matt walls, gloss finish paint is great for traditional skirting board profiles, as it creates a glamorous glass-like look.
However, if you’re repainting your old skirting boards, a high gloss paint will emphasise all of the imperfections. It’s also trickier to apply than satin and eggshell because it requires a lot of prep work to create a smooth surface before application.
Most commonly known for its crisp, subtle finish, satin paint has continued to be a decorators favourite. Many prefer using it for high-traffic areas like kitchens, living rooms and bathrooms because it holds up well to regular cleaning. Satin paint is also long wearing and very resistant to mould and moisture, which makes it an ideal candidate for other interior mouldings, such as architrave and window boards.
Unlike gloss paint, a satin finish delivers a medium sheen and is less reflective. However, it still doesn’t fully conceal imperfections and stands out during touchups.
Eggshell paint is well-known for its matt finish, showing little to no sheen when completely dry. It’s great for hiding scuffs and marks as it completely absorbs the light and has a lot of pigment. This type of paint has become very popular for modern skirting profiles thanks to its user-friendly application features and sleek appearance.
Nonetheless, eggshell finish paint has a lot of downsides too. It’s not as hardwearing and easy to clean as satin or gloss paint, which makes it less suitable for kids rooms, kitchens or properties with high foot traffic areas. Eggshell painted skirting also works best with darker walls, as it balances out the colour richness and overall sheen of your room.
Oil-based vs Water-based Paint
Regardless of the finish you choose, the most common question we get is whether you should choose water or oil based paints. Most professionals will almost always recommend water-based paints, but the choice is not as straightforward as you might think.
Oil based paints are made with alkyd resins which makes them more susceptible to yellowing, especially for gloss skirting in rooms where there is little natural light. Although they take longer to dry, oil paints are easier to work with precisely because you can work them for longer to smooth out any unruly brush strokes.
In terms of finish, oil based paints are the best option if you are looking to achieve a truly mirror-effect look. This is because they dry more quickly and are easier to sand down. However, the chemicals used in oil-based paints are more volatile and have a very strong odour. You should always ventilate the room for at least a few days after you apply the paint on your skirting boards.
Unlike their oil-based counterparts, water-based paints contain synthetic resins, meaning that they are less prone to yellowing and will stay white for longer. They take longer to cure, but do dry quicker and have a lot less odour.
Water-based paints can also maintain their sheen over longer periods of time and are less prone to cracking thanks to better flexibility.
Pro Tip: If you’re planning to paint wooden skirting boards, remember that both water and oil-based paints require priming prior to applying on bare wood. This is because unfinished wood will soak up the paint and a good primer will seal the surface to prevent this from happening. Whether you’re painting hardwood skirting or an MDF skirting board, primer is essential to get the best results.
If you’d like to know more about how to paint skirting boards, read our guide.
Skirting 4 U provides a wide range of fully finished skirting boards to suit different interiors. From standard styles like Ogee and Torus skirting, to decorative designs, all of our MDF skirting profiles are made from premium-grade moisture resistant MDF and can be ordered in a white satin or gloss finish. Order today!