Monthly Archives: May 2016

Painting skirting

Painting skirting boards in a carpeted room or painting the stairs stringer on carpeted stairs is always tricky. You want to paint as close to the carpet as possible but not get any paint on the carpet. It is seldom practical to fold back the carpet, and even if you can, the gripper strips are lethal so the obvious thing is to use masking tape.

Masking tape will not stick well to carpet but it should stick well enough especially if it is tucked down into the join where the carpet meets the skirting. But the most important aspect of doing this is not so much to keep paint off the carpet but to keep fluff off your paintbrush. Obviously such fluff makes a complete mess of the smooth gloss finish you are trying to achieve.