Twisted Skirting Board and Painting

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  • #13499
    UK Sentinel
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    Ok, so I am decorating our lounge currently and just purchased some great looking Pine skirting board packs (4-pack) x 4 from Wickes.

    OMG! the pine skirting boards are so twisted, lying them flat on the floor, one edge is at least an inch higher than it should be – so after looking online I have taken the Pine Skirting Boards back to Wickes and purchased MDF Skirting Board instead .

    Much straighter and so much easier to work with (no knots) etc. but is twice the price of Pine Skirting boards.

    What I am interested in is do people prefer to Prime (if not pre-primed) and then attach skirting board to wall and apply final Satin / Gloss Coat or do people usually Prime and Gloss /Satin the MDF skirting board before attaching to wall using say no more nails or small wall screws and just fill the holes afterwards ?

    Lots of different old views online.

     

    In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).

    #13500
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    So while I had my Pine Skirting pack opened with my twisted skirting board, I though i would try to straighten it,

    Placed twisted skirting board on outside table, soaked skirting with water from hose and then placed a few bricks on skirting board over night and allowed to dry the next day. (all in the name of science)

    It did  work to a degree, but way to much effort for a simple skirting job

    In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).

    #13540
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    Generally, I’ve only ever had wooden skirting boards, not a fan on MDF tbh and I’ve always primed, undercoated and then glossed once its fixed in place.

    I’m currently getting equipment needed slowly to start sorting out my place, it was anew build but due to movement has some small cracks in walls, nothing major just generally in the paint on the walls, no big cracks in the walls themselves so I was advised can get movement for a while so I’ve left it and just touched up a few times but now decided I’m going to try lining the walls and then painting.  Worst part by far is the wood work.  I honestly do not think the workmen have heard of sandpaper as it looks and feels as if they literally placed door frames, skirting etc in place and then just got the tin of paint out… The list of issues when it was handed over (move in day) was over a page long, the lady ran out of paper lol.  It’s a shame as i feel the actually physical build is very good, traditional build so very solid etc, just let down by them basically rushing to get numerous properties completed by a deadline…

    Still at least structurally property is good, just needs a bit of TLC on the finish.

    Kev

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    Lots of plaster filler for those small cracks or Polycell SmoothOver paint   

    i tried Pine skirting boards but have found MDF to be much easier to work with an cut around radiator pipes etc. and takes gloss or satin paint very nicely.

    After trying a little experiment, in the form of painting two lengths of MDF skirting with a Satin paint and then attaching to wall with a glue, the painted skirting board takes ages (days) for the paint to dry and if the hardwood floor or wall is uneven, then nails / screws are requires, so I ended up attaching the remaining MDF skirting boards to wall and then applying finishing paint as this made the job much quicker and family friendly.

    Pic below of pre-primed MDF Skirting boards

    In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).

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