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Painting skirting boards

Posted by Janice Berry, on
There is a gap between the skirting and the walles in the hallway. Will the skirting need to be replaced or can the gaps be filled in before painting or. Reattached?
Chris Dinham

Chris Dinham

Hi Janice, Depends on the size of the gap really and whether the skirting boards are loose. If the gap is up to about 5 mm you could use decorators caulk to fill it, if its any bigger use Polyfilla first and then decorators caulk on top. Chris.
Tony Michael

Tony Michael

hi jancie, you can fill gaps with a mastic gun and using decorators caulk.it comes in a tube and you slowly run the gun end along the top of the skirting to fill the gaps,then you run your finger along where you have used the caulk to make a neat smooth finish.try testing it somewhere first to get the hang of it. thanks tony
martin miller

martin miller

Hi Janice, There's no need to replace your skirting . Just fill the gap with decorators caulk allow to dry then paint over. If it is a large gap then fill it with some newspaper and then run over with the caulk. This will give the caulk something to sit on and save you time as you will not need to go over it many times You can buy this product in B&Q , Asda and any hardware store and it only costs a few pounds. Thanks Martin.
Mark Keeley

Mark Keeley

Hi Janise If the Gap is bigger than 10mm, I would recommend using a filler to fill the gap. If its less than 10mm I would use some decorators caulker. Both can be purchased from any DIY store. Hope I've been of some help Regards Mark Keeley ( MKPRS )
tony carey

tony carey

this should be fine to use decorators caulk to fill in the gap prior to redecoration this happens usually on new houses when they are settling down (normally for around 18months)
Peter Ward

Peter Ward

The best thing is as already suggested using a tube of painters caulk ,which is used with a silicone gun costs are usually less than £5 for both .When you go to use the caulk you simply cut the end of the caulk tube to roughly the same size as the gap you have ,and run the caulk along the top of the skirting touching both the skirting and the wall. To finish just run your finger along the top of the caulk from the start to the end of the run of skirting. This should give a finish you will be happy with
john cunningham

john cunningham

No need to replace the skirting if it's in good condition. Just sand it down and wipe it clean. Then fill the gap using decorators caulk, available at good decorating shops. You will also need a gun to apply it. Caulk should be about £1 and gun about £2.50. Make sure you smooth the applied caulk with your finger tip as it does not sand down. If you don't want to use your finger to smooth it, try a wet paint brush. Best of luck.
Barry Warden

Barry Warden

Hi Janice If the skirting is loose you will need to plug and screw it back in place and the seal with decorators caulk for which you will need a sealent gun Kind regards Barry
roger mccall

roger mccall

just use decorators caulk using a sealant gun run a bead along the edge where the gap is and smooth with the tip of your finger, if the gap is to big take the boarding of the re-attach. hope this helps
Shaun Odonnell

Shaun Odonnell

Depending on the size of gap , you can use a caulk filler. (No nonsense)screwfix or if deeper, two pack filler (ronseal) most retailers. You will need a sealant gun for the caulk filler. (screwfix).
Daniel Robinson

Daniel Robinson

Hi Janice, Depending on the size of the gap, I usually use a flexible decorators caulk to fill it. Just smooth it down with a wet finger or cloth and let it dry for 24 hours before painting. If it is a larger gap you could try a couple of screws to try and narrow the gap or just refill with caulk after the first lot has dried. If you are unsure about making a neat job use some masking tape just above the gap and remove about half an hour after filling. Hope that helps
Stephen Tuckey

Stephen Tuckey

Go to your local merchant and buy a tube of plumbers mate or decorators mate along with skeleton gun and follow instructions
Karl Hockless

Karl Hockless

If skirtings are secure and gap not too big, use decorator's caulk, available in tubes. You will need a gun.
David Clark

David Clark

Hi Janice If the skirting is sound, the gap can be filled with decorator's caulk. If the skirting is loose, then it will need to be re-fixed, either with "No Nails" adhesive, or with plugs and screws. Best Regards David
Robert Shaw

Robert Shaw

You should be able to fill them using decorators calk if you run it along the crack s and let it go of for A hour then paint
Stuart Tiger

Stuart Tiger

Hi, Depending on the size of the gap you may just get away with using decorators caulk. You just literally go over the skirting board with it. Hope this helps
Trevor Wood

Trevor Wood

Hi Janice, looks like the chaps on here have already given you good advice. All I can add it to make sure it's a good quality decorators caulk that will stand the test of time. Dulux probably your best bet. Kind regards Trevor Wodd TSW Decorators
Clive McCoy

Clive McCoy

I would ask a tradesman to have a look as its difficult to say without seeing. A plasterer may be able to fill in and blend the gaps, depends just how bad it is. However a better solution maybe to remove the skirting boards, fill in and blend then replace skirting.
ian golby

ian golby

Hi Janice No need to replace skirting fill the gap with decorators caulk .Then rub down and paint
michael fraser

michael fraser

simple solution go to any diy store buy decorators caulk which is a paint over silicone aplly this to the gap and wipe of excess leave for a couple of hours more if its a bigger gap then paint over if gap does not fill first time just keep going over till it does
Derek Mcgonigle

Derek Mcgonigle

Hi Janice If there are gaps between the wall and skirting you can fill the gaps with decorators chalk to seal them paint over it you can buy this fr B&Q hope this helps
Ross Murphy

Ross Murphy

H Janice, You need to purchase a product called decorators caulk, this is applied with a pump gun like silicon is, it paintable and moves with the walls so should stop the cracking again. Apply along the gap and wipe off with a damp sponge or cloth. Good luck Ross
Andrew Smith

Andrew Smith

Hi janice, As long as the gap is no more than approx 10mm a decorators CAULK can be used and smoothed with a finger or sponge, if the gap is bigger i would apply the caulk a couple of times at different times to let the first application dry. Are the skirtings loose? If so refix and you will probably still have to caulk a small gap between the wall and skirting. Andy A.L. Smith Decorating Services
Bryan Winn

Bryan Winn

Hi Janice,the easiest and best finish providing the gap isn't to big would be to use decorators caulk,it comes in a tube and you will need a mastic gun to apply,its very simple to do
John Brown

John Brown

The way I have done this many times is to fill out the gaps with decorators caulk let it dry then paint up afterwards hope this helps
Alexander Fintelman

Alexander Fintelman

If the gag is not to wide you can fill it with decoration mastik. be ware to get the mastik you can paint over. If the gap is wider then 1 cm. I would redo the skirting board.
Clayton Carmichael

Clayton Carmichael

You can fill the gap with dec caulk if the gaps big use filler first then caulk when you put the caulk on use your run your fingeralong the top
Stuart Aitken

Stuart Aitken

Gaps can be filled quite easily with a decorating caulk. If the gaps are large you may have to fill them a few times before they cover. Always us a good quality caulk and wet your finger before running across the top. Stuart Aitken Get it plastered ltd
Mark David

Mark David

Well it depends how big gap you have between the wall and skirting board. If it is relatively small you can apply some decorator chauk which is paintable after a short while. lf the gap is bigger it still can be filled up and painted but that may not be aesthetically perfect
Nick  Pratt

Nick Pratt

Hi Janice , Depend how big the gap is , if its only couple of millimeters and the skirting boards are secure then you can fill the gaps with decorators corking and once dry paint. Best Regards Nick
David  Barron

David Barron

Hi Janice, normally the gap is filled with "decorators caulk" and over painted with rest of redecoration. Relatively inexpensive process. Thanks David
Gary Branch

Gary Branch

Hi Janice. If the gap is not more than 5mm in places then you can buy decorating cork from any DIY squeeze in gaps , then Wipe with a damp cloth G branch plastering
Samuel  Adjei

Samuel Adjei

I'd personally full the gaps with gripfill before painting. But as you are well aware. ... decorating is not my forte. :-) Thanks
Rochelle & Stephen Brignall

Rochelle & Stephen Brignall

Skirting boards doesn't have to be replaced, as you can use decorators chaulk in a chaulk gun, just squeeze firmly on the gun and move swiftly along the skirting board, the chaulk can then be pushed into the gaps and a smooth and even line created along the top of the skirting board using a wet finger or a damp sponge in one swifted movement.
Andrew Cummings

Andrew Cummings

Hi Janice if your skirting look ok .then just fill them with decorators filler .leave it to dry then prime .then topcoat thay should be fine at that . As long as thay have no movement in them .if ther is use screws to secure them first thanks Andrew from topshield
Brian Joseph Lenehan

Brian Joseph Lenehan

Hello...I would try to hide the gap , not fill it. I would fit a quadrant ( a quadrant a piece of wood a quarter of a circle) that is available in all sizes to fit over all gaps. Easy to, just cut to size and fit over the gap with no nails. This also looks a great compared to filler. Thank you Joseph
stephen mulholland

stephen mulholland

Hi Janice , as the previous tradesmen have said before , decor caulk is the best for filling small gaps , if your skirting is loose or badly fitted , it may need fitted properly , ie nailed or screwed back into the grounds( timber strap fixed just above floor level for skirting to be fixed to. , thanks MBS drywall LTD. :)
Nicholas East

Nicholas East

Deco caulk normally disguises most gaps, apply, and use a warm wet sponge to wipe away excess lightly. Which will leave you a very neat finish.
Marcus Johnstone

Marcus Johnstone

It does depend on the size of the gap, caulk is ideal to fill a small gap and then you can continue with painting. A large gap will probably be better by replacing the skirting.
Nick Stewart

Nick Stewart

Hi Janice If the gap is not too large and the skirting is secure enough, you could use polyfiller for the gap. You could also use decorators caulk to finish off between the skirting and the wall. The caulk is flexible, a little bit like a silicone but it's also paintable. Either way, when painting make sure the surfaces are clean and grease free, Use a good quality paint and undercoat or primer if needs be. Water or oil based products both have their own merits, depends on your specific requirement. Hope this helps and good luck.
Bogdan Banasiewicz

Bogdan Banasiewicz

Cheapest solution : fill the gap before painting skirt . Depend how big is gap you can use different materials . Some materials can be use to fill small gap only , some can use to fill bigger gap. Ask someone in shop before buy .
George Ginga

George Ginga

Depends how big is the gap,it requires to be filled with mastic,flexible filler etc.then painted.
Jason Thompson

Jason Thompson

If the gap is fairly small say 2-4mm or less than the size of a pencil then you should be able to fill with caulk. You can buy this from most DIY or decorating shops. (get the best you can, its pretty cheap) along with that you will need a mastic or silicone gun to expel the tube of caulk. Trim the nozzle of the tube at a slight angle, roughly the size of the gap & fill. smooth over level with skirt top if needed whilst wet. Let it dry and if it doesn't shrink to show a gap again paint it. if it does shrink slightly then caulk again but only slight. If its to big to caulk then drill & screw back to wall and then very slight caulk.
Derek Nelson

Derek Nelson

Hi Janice , you don't have to replace your skirting , go to your DIY store and ask for decorator caulk , run a thin bead of this along skirtings to fill the gap & clean off with a sponge , let this dry and paint skirtings . Hope this helps you Janice
Timothy West

Timothy West

You could use some decorators caulk which can be applied using a silicone gun and then over painted
Robert Bell

Robert Bell

Hi Janice if the skirting is big try fixing the skirting back to the wall then you can use decorators mate smooth over with a damp sponge for a good finish I always paint the walls first then cut in on the skirting if I can be of more help just asked Kind regards. Bob.
Michael Day

Michael Day

Hi Janice If it is asmall gap about 1 - 2mm then decorators caulk will be fine then after applying it rub toa smooth finish with a damp cloth and let it dry before painting. If it is a larger gap use a standard flexible filler to gap . Mike
Ian  Adams

Ian Adams

Hello Janice, Gaps between Skirting boards and the walls are quite common normally these are filled with Decorators Caulkmuch like a silicone beed in a bathroom Caulk can be painted over when painting the skirting. Ian
Mostafa Tavengar

Mostafa Tavengar

Get some caulk, or decorating filler, and apply down the length of the gap, then smooth off with a finger dipped in water.
Kevin Kennerk

Kevin Kennerk

Hi Janice try putting filler it the gap depending on how big the gap. You can pick up filler from b&q or any DIY shop .
Damir Sehic

Damir Sehic

The holes can be fitted with a decorators cork or a filler prior to painting. Once it is dry, you can sand it with sand paper and then start painting.
Mostafa Tavengar

Mostafa Tavengar

Go to your nearest Poundland and buy a tube of their decorating filler and an applicator gun, then follow the advice of K & D painting below, don't forget to wet your finger to smooth off when finished. Good luck :-)
wayne lewis

wayne lewis

Hi Janice, although i'm an electrician, I also decorate as well within our business. Ive filled gaps upto 10mm. Usually i'd use decorator caulk. If the gaps too wide, over 5mm, I'd put pieces of wood wedged into the gaps, then caulk over them. Once it's caulked, the skirting can be glossed etc. I'm sure that other decorator have their own techniques.
Darren Duke

Darren Duke

Hi Janice, What you want is Chaulk Chaulk and then a little bit more Chaulk. We all agree that its Chaulk all the way. Good Luck and happy Chaulking. Regards, Darren.
charles wisdom

charles wisdom

Hi Janice If the gap is small say 1-5mm then decorators caulk should be fine. Any bigger than that then sometimes the caulk won't fill the gap and simply drips down the back, so either some filler is needed or it needs taking off and re-fitting depending on what finish your after.
kraig dunn

kraig dunn

hi there janice what you need is decorators caulk and a caulk gun. cut the nozzle at a 45 degree angle and squirt the caulk along the gap then to line it off use your finger which has been dipped in water to ease to caulk. hope this helps K&D Painting

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