Lowes has everything to tackle every home maintenance task. With a Lowes Money Saving Coupon from We Are Coupons looking after your home costs less. If you have a skirting board in your home, you will probably want to paint it a nice color. You can do this without a professional painter if you follow a few easy steps. First, you will need to prepare the area for painting. Next, you will need to remove any old tape or decorator's tape. Finally, you will need to apply a lighter color over the darker one.
Protecting carpets while painting
While painting skirting boards, it is important to take some precautions to protect your carpets. You want to avoid damaging the carpet or making a big mess on the floor.
First, you'll need to make sure the skirting board is clean and free from dust and debris. Make sure the skirting is smooth and sanded if necessary.
Next, masking tape is a great way to protect your carpet. This is because it provides a good barrier between the paint and the carpet. It is also easy to remove. However, make sure the tape is low tack and wide set, and is held in place securely.
Another option is to purchase a paint shield, which is a plastic film that creates a barrier between the carpet and the paint. These are not expensive and will save you a lot of hassle later.
If you're a confident DIYer, you can even paint your skirting board without the aid of tape. To protect the carpet, you can put an old sheet over it.
Removing decorator's tape
When painting skirting boards you should avoid using masking tape. It can cause paint to splatter or chip. Instead, use painters tape to protect your skirting boards from paint splatter.
Use a paint scraper to push the painters' tape into the gap. Then line the tape up with the skirting board. If your brush is too wide, you can use the putty knife to press down the tape to fill the gap.
Wait about an hour before removing the masking tape. This will give the adhesive time to bond with the surface. Some painters believe it is better to remove tape while the paint is still wet. However, it is important to follow the above steps as it can be a sticky mess.
Removing the masking tape should be done at a 45-degree angle to prevent it from sticking to the wall. You should also peel the tape in sections of about a foot.