MyJobQuote Logomyjobquote
  • Post a Job
  • Trade Signup
  • Ask a Trade
  • Cost Guides
  • About
  • Login
  • Over 1 million homeowners and over 30,000 tradespeople
    use MyJobQuote nationwide each year

    Post a Job or Sign up as a trade
    Post a Job or Sign up as a trade

    Ask a Tradesman

    Repainting skirting, doors and bannisters

    Painters & Decorators

    I have just moved into a new flat and need to redecorate as it has not been well looked after. The skirting boards, architraves and bannisters have all got a thick, creamy coloured gloss finish which I can only assume is layers of oil based paint. I am thinking that I need to sand them all down to take some of the paint off, prime with a wood primer undercoat and then paint white? I don't want the high gloss look so would Satinwood be a good option? Any advice would be greatly appreciated, I know it would be easier to get a decorator but unfortunately money won't allow it so I need to do this myself.

    Asked by Jo on 5th Nov 2020
    Share this question
    Anthony Burke

    "Hi, yes you will need to sand well but only need to spot prime any bare timber. You can use oil based or water based satin/eggshell, and both are usually self undercoating, so no need to do this separately.
    I hope this helps."

    Answered on 6th Nov 2020 - Member since Jun 2020 - report
    TJ Painters

    "If they’re very thick layers I would strip the paint back to the bare wood with a hot gun. If they’re in reasonable condition I would just sand the with a sander before putting the undercoat and then 2 eggshells on top and sand with sanding pads between coats"

    Answered on 6th Nov 2020 - Member since Sep 2020 - report
    Mick Hodgson decorators

    "Rub down and apply two coats off Dulux oil based satin wood. No need for undercoat when using this product."

    Answered on 6th Nov 2020 - Member since Sep 2020 - report
    Skillman painting & decorating services

    For bannister, I still recommend oil based Eggshell for flat finish or satin.
    Our sweat/grease naturally occurs on hands and although I do use Acrylic ( water based ) paints oil will allow cleaning without breaking down over time.
    Without looking I would suggest maybe not taking it back to bare wood.... sand back to smooth then under coat/ couple top coats."

    Answered on 6th Nov 2020 - Member since Nov 2019 - report
    ABC build & maintenance

    "Hi, yes a good rub down. Apply primer to any bare wood. Then two coats of Satinwood I’d recommend oil based."

    Answered on 6th Nov 2020 - Member since Oct 2020 - report
    Smiths home improvements

    "Hey, great question.
    You can sand them down or strip the paint with a paint stripper.
    And satinwood would be a good idea or if you wanted to start away from oil based gloss you can get water based (be careful as it is like water) hope this helps."

    Answered on 9th Nov 2020 - Member since Oct 2020 - report

    "Hi, you can sand down. To start making some repair work wood filler where needed and after that, you sand again where you apply wood filler, apply first coat satinwood after that leave dry after you can apply finally gloss."

    Answered on 26th Nov 2020 - Member since Nov 2020 - report
    Sos Response

    "Sanding or burning with blow torch is the only way to remove old paint. We used to be able to use a fluid called nitromorse which was an acidic material. This melted the paint off. Satin wood is a good paint. But oil based to be used rather than water based satin wood."

    Answered on 12th Nov 2020 - Member since Nov 2020 - report
    Bank On Us Landscaping

    "An undercoat primer is a good start try not to use cheap gloss it’s to watery"

    Answered on 23rd Nov 2020 - Member since Aug 2019 - report
    D&D Builders and Maintenance

    "Yes you would have to rub all the skirting boards and etc down cos if you was to put a water base satin wood straight on top of the old existing paint it will start to flake and dis colour"

    Answered on 30th Nov 2020 - Member since Nov 2020 - report

    Ask a Trade

    Got a question that only a tradesperson can answer? We have thousands of trades ready to answer any question you may have.

    Ask your Question

    Related questions

    Ready to get a price for your home improvement project?

    get started

    Report Content