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Painting skirting boards

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Please please does anyone have any tips on how to paint a skirting board without having to take up the carpet??
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  • aussielle
    aussielle Posts: 705 Forumite
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    masking tape..peel it off when you've finished painting
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  • Jolaaled
    Jolaaled Posts: 1,061 Forumite
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    i knew there'd be a really simple solution! thanks, Aussielle!
  • N9eav
    N9eav Posts: 4,742 Forumite
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    You can buy a flat plastic bevelled thingy at Most DIY shops. It has a handle and you can use it as a drip catcher for window and carpets etc.
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  • Jolaaled
    Jolaaled Posts: 1,061 Forumite
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    You can buy a flat plastic bevelled thingy at Most DIY shops.  It has a handle and you can use it as a drip catcher for window and carpets etc.  

    Cheers, N9
  • squarecat
    squarecat Posts: 111 Forumite
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    I have also used Lakeland fleximats to protect the carpet.
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    squarecat wrote: »
    I have also used Lakeland fleximats to protect the carpet.

    I have been painting my skirting boards and found Squarecat's suggestion to protect my carpet. I bought some Lakeland flaxible chopping boards today and I am THRILLED at how well they work when painting. Thank you so much - I was going mad before I found these.
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  • olias
    olias Posts: 3,588 Forumite
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    Carboard! - Cereal packets are best. Just tuck them under the skirting to protect them and paint. The advantage of this is that you can leave them in place until the paint is touch dry (provided you have plenty of cardboard that is!) The problem with the plastic protector things is that everytime you move them along to do the next bit of skirting, the carpet pile springs back up and sticks to the wet paint.

    Olias
  • misgrace
    misgrace Posts: 1,486 Forumite
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    You beat me too it olias :D I was going to suggest the same, its so easy, you just place the cardboard against the skirtings and press hard against the carpet.
  • Tucker
    Tucker Posts: 1,098 Forumite
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    Is there any reason why, you wouldn't just lift the carpet back off the grip rods, peel it back or so a foot and tape it or put something on it till the paint dries?

    or am I missing an obvious reason why that's not practical?
  • suisidevw
    suisidevw Posts: 2,256 Forumite
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    Because then you have to stretch it to refit properly?
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