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    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 12th Jan 18, 5:24 PM
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    Painting woodwork
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    • 12th Jan 18, 5:24 PM
    Painting woodwork 12th Jan 18 at 5:24 PM
    I have some new untreated skirting boards in the bathroom and I want to paint them white, do I need to use primer, undercoat then top coat, or can I get away with just using topcoat?
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    • Warwick Hunt
    • By Warwick Hunt 12th Jan 18, 5:36 PM
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    Treat and knots, a combined primer undercoat then top coat is the least you shoukd be doing.
    • sevenhills
    • By sevenhills 12th Jan 18, 5:59 PM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 5:59 PM
    I have just painted bare wood in the past, but you may still need more than one coat.

    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 12th Jan 18, 7:23 PM
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    Thanks guys! I’ve got some combined. I’ve been meaning to do this for 15 years but will finally start tomorrow.
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    • By Warwick Hunt 12th Jan 18, 7:35 PM
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    • 12th Jan 18, 7:35 PM
    If you water based it will be done in a day.
    • Ectophile
    • By Ectophile 12th Jan 18, 11:51 PM
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    Don't make the mistake of using an oil-based primer, then trying to give it a top coat of water-based paint. The top coat won't stick.
    If it sticks, force it.
    If it breaks, well it wasn't working right anyway.
    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 13th Jan 18, 9:38 AM
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    • 13th Jan 18, 9:38 AM
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    Second coat of primer is drying now- hope to have it all done and dusted by lunchtime.
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    • davemorton
    • By davemorton 14th Jan 18, 2:41 AM
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    Thanks guys! Iíve got some combined. Iíve been meaning to do this for 15 years but will finally start tomorrow.
    Originally posted by worried jim
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    • billn
    • By billn 14th Jan 18, 8:07 AM
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    • 14th Jan 18, 8:07 AM
    I'm not sure you have given the skirting enough time to "settle in" maybe another year or so (or until that strange noise in your ear got unbearable).

    If it is MDF it is usually pre-primed so under coat and top coat will be OK.

    Take your time!
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    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 15th Jan 18, 1:43 PM
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    Fantastic! Proper blokes agenda!
    Originally posted by davemorton
    I know! When the kitchen and bathroom fitters finished in 2003 I was so fed up with the mess I just cleaned the house and never got round to finishing it. The bare wood looked really good and natural but it was never intended and I always meant to paint it. It’s all finished now after two coats of gloss and it looks really good so I’m very happy.

    Edit. Three coats.
    Last edited by worried jim; 15-01-2018 at 7:13 PM.
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