Every house has skirting boards and, to keep the finish always beautiful, it is necessary to paint them. It doesn't matter if you just want to give a new look to the environment or it's been years since you've painted them, a new hand of paint doesn't hurt anyone. Run to the nearest warehouse, buy everything you need and get the job done quickly, in the blink of an eye!
Part 1 of 2: Arranging the tools and preparing the environment
Step 1. Buy paint pads
They make it much easier to paint baseboards, as they distribute the paint better than rollers and brushes. Plus, they're often just the right width to get the job done in one pass, which also helps to minimize spillage and thus wasted ink.
To buy all the accessories, stop by a building supply store or even buy them online
Step 2. Buy oil paint
The durability of this product is much greater, since it hardens when it dries, which also makes cleaning easier. On top of that, as it dries slower, it also allows you to finish the painting more smoothly, unlike latex paint, for example. You can choose whatever color you like, but most people prefer the baseboards to match the wall or floor.
You can find oil paint at building supply stores or even those specializing in paint
Step 3. Ventilate the room
Painting should always be done in an environment with good ventilation. To do this, leave all doors and windows open for air to circulate. If the room is closed, always work with a fan turned on.
Flavorings, such as Bom Ar, can even mask the smell of the paint, but it does not eliminate it from the environment
Step 4. Clean the skirting
Drop a drop of detergent onto a clean cloth, dampen it in warm water and gently rub the entire surface to be painted. It is important to remove all stains, dust and incrusted dirt so that the paint is smooth.
If the baseboard is clean, just wipe off the dust
Step 5. Secure the wall with masking tape
Glue it along the entire length of the baseboards, pressing it well so that the paint does not pass under it. It's nice to do this on all the baseboards before you start painting, so you don't have any complications afterwards. This step is very important to keep the walls clean, in addition to having one less worry when it's time to apply the paint.
You can even use other types of adhesive tape, but the chances of ending up peeling the paint when pulling them off are greater
Step 6. Line the floor with sheets of plastic 4 mm thick
This way, you prevent the paint from splashing on the floor, making a nasty mess. Simply place them against the baseboard, securing them to the floor with masking tape.
- Plastic can be found at most home improvement stores.
- If you don't want to buy a bunch of plastic, just use a sheet and change places when painting.
Part 2 of 2: Painting the Footers
Step 1. Pour about 1 L of ink into the tray
The idea is to fill it in a couple of fingers, more or less. If the color of the paint is not even, pass it back to the can and stir it with a two-foot wooden stick.
The tray (metal or plastic) can be found at home improvement stores
Step 2. Dip the pad
Try to wet only the part of the sponge, removing the excess on the sides of the tray.
If you sink the entire pad into the tray, you end up wasting ink
Step 3. Pass the paint pad on the baseboard
Hold it upright so that the sponge faces the piece to be painted. Then just slide it across the surface, from left to right, with strides about half a meter long. Make precise movements and avoid applying very thick layers of paint. If necessary, apply a second coat.
Each time you dip the sponge in the paint, you should be able to paint about 1 m from the baseboard
Step 4. When the pad dries, get more paint
It's not difficult to see when the ink runs out, and to apply more, just dip the sponge into the tray, letting it absorb a lot of ink, just like it did the first time. Once that's done, you can go back to work.
You will have to dip the pad in the paint several times when painting the baseboard
Step 5. If the first coat of paint turned slightly translucent, pass a second one
This is even more important if you are running light ink over darker one. The coats should be thin and you should wait for each one to dry before moving on to the next.
It is important to overlap each stroke by about one finger so that there are no spaces left unpainted
Step 6. After two hours, remove the masking tape and plastic
This time is enough for the ink to be partially dry, but not completely dry. To remove the tape, take one of the ends and slowly pull it out. As for the plastic, just remove it from the floor.