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    What paint should I use for new skirting boards and doors?

    Painters & Decorators

    I need to paint the new skirting boards and door frame in my living room. I'm not sure which paint to use. I know that the new wood will need undercoating but I just want to know what the best paint would be for a high-quality finish. I don't really like gloss painted wood so are there any other options?
    Should i be using oil-based or water-based paints?
    Thank you.

    Asked by Christian on 24th Mar 2020
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    A. L. SMITH

    "Hi Christian,
    First you need to apply some knotting solution to the knots. This stops the resin and discolouration later on.
    Then apply two coats of acrylic primer undercoat.
    Then for a professional finish, two coats of either eggshell or satinwood, I prefer Dulux,
    The satin finish is, satin, and eggshell has less sheen.
    Remember to lightly rub down between every coat.
    I prefer the oil based paint as the water/ quick drying paints need even more coats.
    Hope this is helpful.
    Andy, with 40 years experience."

    Answered on 24th Mar 2020 - Member since Jan 2016 - report
    Alfa drive limited

    "Firstly you will need to apply primer paint and then the final paint.
    Of course you can use different paint then gloss but make sure the paint is suitable for wooden products."

    Answered on 24th Mar 2020 - Member since Feb 2020 - report
    A M B Decorating

    "If it’s timber it needs knotting first. If it's MDF it needs at least two good coats of water based primer undercoat, maybe 3. Then it needs a final coat of gloss satin. Rub down and hoover between each coat for a perfect finish.
    Hope this helps you."

    Answered on 25th Mar 2020 - Member since Feb 2020 - report
    Worley & Co painter And Decorator

    "Best paint, and the one I would use is Johnson under coat. Apply 2 coats and a top finish of gloss or satin."

    Answered on 24th Mar 2020 - Member since Feb 2020 - report
    Bartosz Styblinski

    "I would prefer water based undercoat - acrylic and then satin finish will give you very nice reflection of the light not so much as gloss paint."

    Answered on 24th Mar 2020 - Member since Feb 2020 - report
    R,S Decorators

    "Hello Christine,
    Maybe someone has answered your question but if not i'm time served painter/decorator.
    What you should do is apply a coat of acrylic primer undercoat, then rub down and fill in any holes etc.
    Then apply a 2nd coat of acrylic primer. I prefer Mcphersons but any will do.
    After rubbing lightly, again apply your top coat be it satin finish, eggshell or gloss.
    sometimes i put 2 topcoats on for better finish but see how you get on.
    Hope this helped.
    R.S Decorators."

    Answered on 24th Mar 2020 - Member since Oct 2019 - report
    J M Pristine Decorators

    "If there is knots in the wood you will need to apply a knotting solution over them, then you will need to apply an undercoat then sand it down. When it's dry apply another undercoat and lightly sand then if you don't want gloss use satinwood.
    There is a lot of good water based products available now, the Johnstones aqua range is pretty good. Personally i use the aqua undercoat and Dulux trade satinwood. Be aware though you can put oil based on top of water based but not water based on top of oil based paint."

    Answered on 24th Mar 2020 - Member since Jan 2020 - report
    Thistle Property Maintenance

    "Hi Christian,

    The answer is in 2 parts if your looking for a hard wearing finish then use oil based paint.
    A modern woodwork finish is a Satin finish
    A would recommend Johnstones Trade paint form there depots!! Not from a normal shop.



    Answered on 24th Mar 2020 - Member since Jan 2017 - report
    Cammy's Decor

    "Hi, If you have any new wood it will require any knots to be sealed with knotting solution to stop the natural oils bleeding through the paint. Prime, undercoat and finish top coat and rub down between coats. With regards to paint types there a few. Gloss, Satinwood and Eggshell. All are fantastic finishes. My preference is oil, however if i use gloss i would use a water based undercoat and as Satinwood and eggshell are self undercoating then i would apply 2 coats.
    Hope this helps,
    Cammys Decor."

    Answered on 24th Mar 2020 - Member since Dec 2017 - report
    Northamptonshire painting

    "I would recommend that you hire a professional, but to answer your question, you can use both oil and water based on woodwork."

    Answered on 24th Mar 2020 - Member since Sep 2017 - report
    Senex painting ltd

    I use Zinser fo all coats if it's for outside however i do use this for both in and out as it comes in matt satin and gloss finish. If you get water base quicker drying.
    You don't need to prime as the paint is a self primer.
    You can get the paint in any colour.
    If you need more advice please let me know."

    Answered on 24th Mar 2020 - Member since Jan 2020 - report

    You can use Dulux Trade Primer undercoat 2 in 1 quick dry which is water based.
    Also, for the final coat if you do not prefer oil based paint you can use water base satin finish by Dulux.
    Hope that helps you.

    Thank you"

    Answered on 24th Mar 2020 - Member since Oct 2015 - report
    Golden Decorators

    "The best finish for woodwork is Rubbol Satura plus. It’s not the cheapest but the finish is fantastic. It will look shinny for about a week but will soon go off.

    Hope this helps


    Answered on 24th Mar 2020 - Member since May 2019 - report
    General Decor

    "If it is new timber you will need to apply knotting solution to any knots first.
    If you want a finish that isn't gloss you can choose between satin or eggshell finish. Both are self undercoating so dependant on what you are putting them onto you will need 2 or 3 coats. Water based is quicker drying & will also not fade over time."

    Answered on 24th Mar 2020 - Member since Feb 2018 - report
    DR Maintence

    "You can buy a stain wood paint which doesn't give the same shine as a gloss I prefer oil based myself but you can buy either water based or oil based, water based will dry a lot quicker"

    Answered on 3rd Apr 2020 - Member since Apr 2017 - report
    P D Q Painters

    "Use acrylic undercoat and at least two coats of water based satin paint."

    Answered on 24th Mar 2020 - Member since Jun 2016 - report
    Robo Robert Rablewski

    The best paint for skirting Satinwood is pure white Dulux.

    Answered on 24th Mar 2020 - Member since Jan 2020 - report
    Garry Ferguson decor

    You need to use acrylic primer for the 1st coat. Make sure you treat any knots with knotting treatment.
    Then use 2 coats of what ever top coat you want. I would say satinwood. Either oil based or water based."

    Answered on 24th Mar 2020 - Member since May 2019 - report
    Goldfinch Decorators

    "Always use a knot block & prime then use a good undercoat reducing the grade of sandpaper. Finally apply a good quality topcoat."

    Answered on 24th Mar 2020 - Member since Feb 2019 - report
    Mc painters

    "Oil based paint is the best due to it lasting longer and being more hard wearing.
    I would recommend using Dulux oil based undercoat along with Dulux eggshell.
    You can get these in a water based paint too if you prefer not to have gloss."

    Answered on 24th Mar 2020 - Member since Mar 2020 - report
    Smart Look Property Maintenance

    I always use Dulux Once or Dulux Trade. It is an amazing paint if you have nothing against solvent based paints.
    It is hard-wearing and it only requires one coat. Just pay attention when masking and don't forget to remove the masking tape in maximum 1 hour after the application otherwise it will create a bridge."

    Answered on 24th Mar 2020 - Member since Aug 2018 - report
    Steve's painting services

    "Two coats of undercoating, give it a rub down and finish off with gloss."

    Answered on 24th Mar 2020 - Member since Jan 2020 - report
    Gold Leaf Horticultural

    "Hi if you don't like gloss, then egg shell is a good option, you could use water based or oil based, its your preference! Give the wood a light sand, if it needs it! Have a look on YouTube, to get some ideas! Dulux oil based egg shell is self undercoating!
    All the best."

    Answered on 24th Mar 2020 - Member since Feb 2019 - report

    "Hi, just use oil based Satinwood if you don’t like the Gloss finish"

    Answered on 24th Mar 2020 - Member since Aug 2019 - report
    T.Din Decor.

    "Water based primer undercoat and then an oil based finish coat. That's what I use."

    Answered on 24th Mar 2020 - Member since Dec 2019 - report

    "Primer undercoat on new wood, the coat with Leyland satinwood available from Screwfix,

    Answered on 10th Apr 2020 - Member since Aug 2019 - report
    Call Paul

    "Bare wood needs primer as first. Everyone has their best choices, for me:
    Best primer and undercoat is Bedec one, you can buy it in toolstation.
    If you don't want gloss then Johnstones Aqua System in satin. Both of them are water based and to be honest they are much better:
    No smell.
    No yellowing.
    Fast drying."

    Answered on 24th Mar 2020 - Member since Dec 2019 - report

    The best paint use is Dulux trade primer for bare wood, then use Dulux trade undercoat and finally use Dulux trade high gloss finish for the top coat.

    Paul Philpotts"

    Answered on 24th Mar 2020 - Member since Jan 2019 - report

    "If the surfaces are new/bare timber, they will need 2x coats of Primer prior to any other painting. Johnstones do an acrylic primer Joncryl, which is excellent.
    If you have little experience of painting, I would recommend using water based Undercoat and Gloss. These go on much easier and dry faster than oil based, without the acrid smell. They are also easier to clean up if any spills occur and was out of brushes easily.
    The best system is Johnstones Aqua Undercoat followed by Aqua High Gloss.
    Hope this helps.

    Answered on 24th Mar 2020 - Member since Jan 2020 - report
    N&A Property Maintenance and Decorating

    "You should use a knotting solution.
    Wood today is often very young, which means it’s full of sap. Over time, this sap leaks out and ruins paintwork if not properly treated first. Paint on two or three light coats of knotting solution, allowing 30 minutes between each coat. Fill and caulk
    Fill any holes, cracks or imperfections in the wood with a specialist wood filler. Apply sparingly, as using too much will leave you sanding away the excess.If a crack has formed between the join of the woodwork and the wall, fill and seal this with caulk. Primer and undercoat. One coat of wood primer creates an adhesive surface for the paint to cling to. Allow to dry. Next, apply undercoat thinly to avoid drips, working with the grain of the wood for a smooth finish. On bare wood, two coats are usually enough. The topcoat—whether gloss, satin or eggshell finish–adds texture rather than colour, so add a third layer of undercoat for full coverage if needed. Alternatively, combined primer undercoat paints are available – you’ll need three or four coats."

    Answered on 24th Mar 2020 - Member since Dec 2017 - report

    "You need acrylic primer undercoat if it’s bear wood it will need 2 coats. You can get satin wood or eggshell finish both are fairly similar. Fill the woodwork and sand down, then apply 2 coats of acrylic primer undercoat and then the finish coat."

    Answered on 25th Mar 2020 - Member since Jul 2017 - report

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