Painting baseboard is a common home DIY project, but that doesn’t mean it is without its potential pitfalls. Painting baseboard improperly can result in a poorly painted wall at best or, at worse, a time-consuming restoration project when you have to remove the paint and try again. If you plan on painting baseboard in the near future, you should read this guide to find out the most important tips about painting baseboards.
Always use a sash brush
An angled sash brush is the best type of brush when you’re painting baseboard due to the position of the baseboard. If you don’t use an angle sash brush, you will probably end up painting too far off the board, or you will miss nooks and crannies would otherwise be caught by the angled brush.
Paint before installation if you can
If at all possible, paint the baseboard–with primer first, if the baseboard is not pre-primed–before it’s installed onto the wall. This will make the job much easier and faster. However, if this is not possible, you will simply have to make do with painting the baseboard on the wall.
Thin out your paint
In order to get the best coverage and reduce chances for spillage and mess, you must ensure that the paint you’re using is thin enough. The goal is for the paint to flow very smoothly from your brush, so you need to use thinner in small amounts until the right consistency is created.
Vacuum before you paint
You may not realize it, but your paint brush will definitely pick up dirt, dust and debris from the floor and nearby area when you’re painting a baseboard. So before you begin painting, vacuum the and dust the area thoroughly to reduce the chances that dust and debris will get into your paint.
Have painter’s putty ready
There will inevitably be holes and knicks in the baseboard that you’re painting, so it’s best to be prepared by having your painter’s putty ready before you begin. This will ensure that you can get the job done faster without having to run to the store to get putty.
Use a small drop cloth rather than a large one
While it can be tempting to use a large drop cloth to cover the entire area that you will be painting, it’s best to use a small drop cloth when painting a baseboard because a large cloth tends to get pushed onto the wet paint, which can result in splattering or paint smudges where you don’t want them. Instead, use a smaller cloth that you can position as needed while you paint. This will reduce the chances of paint smudges and be much easier to manage.