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Skirting Board Finishes Explained

Published : 25/08/2017 12:36:33
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Here at Skirting 4 U, we offer a range of finishes on all MDF skirting board and architrave products. If you have never purchased new skirting boards before you may be unfamiliar with some of the terminology used to describe the different finishes. This post will give you all the information you need to make an informed decision about which finish choosing for your MDF skirting board.

Unprimed Skirting Board

If you select “unprimed” from the relevant drop-down box (picture) you will receive your order in “raw” form. This is MDF that has had nothing applied to it, and is either a light brown or slightly green colour depending on the size specification you have chosen.

Unprimed skirting and architrave will need at least one coat of primer before you apply the final coat of paint.

Because of the nature of MDF, you cannot paint directly onto it because the paint reacts with the MDF and causes it to flare up and become almost “furry”. The core of MDF is also quite porous and that means it will absorb a lot of the paint that is applied to the surface where the moulding (design) is. Painting directly onto MDF will also trap any loose fibres and harden over them which will leave a rough, uneven finish on your skirting boards.

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. You will need to apply an even coat to each piece of skirting or architrave using a roller or brush. Once dry, use a fine sandpaper or light sanding pad to remove any remaining fibres from the MDF and ensure the surface is smooth and ready for painting. You need to ensure the primer coat is opaque and no MDF is showing through to the surface at this point for the best results.

There are 2 main advantages of ordering unprimed products. Firstly, we can produce them super-quickly, so if you have a tight installation deadline then unprimed may be the way to go. There is also a potential cost saving in priming the skirting boards yourself.

 P.D.0.5 Unprimed Skirting Board

P.D.0.5 Skirting Board Unprimed

Primed Skirting Board

Ordering pre-primed skirting boards is far and away the most popular choice for our customers, and is generally how all skirting boards and architrave is sold by the major DIY retailers.

“Primed” means the products you order will arrive with white primer already applied, and they will have been sanded down so all you will need to do is apply the final paint finish of your choosing. All of the products primed by Skirting 4 U are hand-sprayed to ensure a perfectly even coat, and a blemish-free surface on which to apply a top coat of paint.

The obvious advantage of ordering pre-primed skirting boards is the time saving it represents, as everything will arrive ready to be installed with only a final coat of paint to be added by you. The quality of the finish is also highly likely to be superior when the primer is sprayed on than when applied manually with a brush.

 Edwardian Skirting Board Primed

Edwardian Skirting Board - Primed

Fully Finished Skirting Board

We are one of the only suppliers of fully finished skirting boards and architrave in the UK. This is an additional service that is available on all of our products. You can currently choose a white satin or white gloss finish, though we can finish in any colour or sheen. If you have a specific colour in mind please contact our sales team for advice on how to proceed.

Choosing a fully finished option for your new skirting board or architrave means that your order will arrive completely ready to install, with no further work to do in terms of painting. You may find that once the skirting or architrave is installed there are some areas that could do with ‘touching up’ so it is worth considering purchasing one of our spray cans for this job.

The obvious advantage of choosing fully finished skirting boards over unprimed or primed is the time saving. If you enjoy DIY and are willing to give up the time to paint the boards yourself then that’s great, but for the majority of people painting skirting boards is something of a necessary evil. For a small additional charge we can apply the top coat for you. This also represents a real cost saving when compared to what it may cost to hire a professional painter to paint your skirting boards for you!

Fully Finished White Gloss

Antique 2 Skirting Board and Plinth Block finished in White Gloss

Ogee 2 Skirting Board Fully Finished in Satin

Ogee 2 Skirting Board Fully Finished in White Satin

About the Author

Kieron Miller is the Managing Director of Skirting 4 U and has been working in the skirting board and online retail industry since 2012. Kieron has been using his extensive product knowledge and problem-solving experience to help both trade and private consumers all over the country find the perfect skirting board products for their projects. He continues to innovate new solutions and product ideas as the market continues to grow.

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