Baseboard molding serves an essential aesthetical purpose of filling the visual transition from wall to floor and hiding the imperfections of floor installations, for example, uneven hardboard edges. Baseboards can get scuffed, dull and stained especially in a high foot traffic area. Constant floor washing also gets the baseboard faded with time as the mop brushes against it. The good news is that baseboard painting is relatively easy and can be completed with ease when working with a professional painter.
Baseboard Painting Essentials
- 2-inch angled paintbrush
- Semi-gloss paint
- Plastic sheeting or drop cloth
- Medium grit sandpaper
- Soft microfiber cloth
- Painter’s tape
- Paint guard or a large drywall taping knife
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Baseboard Painting Preparation
When painting the baseboard we start by laying the drop cloth or plastic sheeting on the floor to protect it from paint and other dirt. Before starting on any painting, we make sure that our team inspects the baseboard for mold and rotting, nicks and dents. If problems are found we make sure that the mold infested parts are cleaned using a disinfectant while rotting parts are gouged out. Our team of professional painters ensure these gouges, nicks, and dents with spackle and wait to dry. We will sand the surface using the grit paper. Vacuum away the dust and wipe down with a damp cloth.
Baseboard Painting Masking
Before our team begins baseboard painting we apply painter’s tape to the seam at the top, where the baseboard meets the wall and the bottom seam where it meets the floor. There should be no space between the drop cloth and the tape. We make sure to take all the necessary precautions to guarantee a flawless paint job.
Applying Baseboard Paint
When painting we dip the brush into the paint ensuring to get the bristles in 2/3 of the length. Using proper painting techniques we tap the brush against the edge of the bucket or drive the bristles across the lip of the bucket to get rid of excess paint. We make sure we do this every time we dip the brush.
We then start applying the paint leading with the short edge of the brush. The ideal brush strokes are one foot in length. Our painters avoid brushing back and forth over the same area but instead, brush in one-direction strokes. We make sure we take care to paint into the recesses of the baseboard, using a paint guard or a drywall taping knife to achieve sharp edges without wayward strokes.
For a better look we usually like to apply 2 or 3 coats to the baseboards. We make sure we let each coat dry before sanding it and applying the next coat. Our team makes sure they wipe away any dust and debris before applying the next coat, ensuring we wipe away any wayward paint before it dries up.
Getting The Perfect Baseboard Paint Job
Baseboard painting requires careful planning and little practice. It is a home improvement project that can be done quickly and seamlessly, though it seems simple working with a professional painter in Calgary can ensure it is done correctly. It is simple enough to keep your baseboard ever sparkling, using proper paint and proper application methods.