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Expert Paint Tips for Beautiful Baseboards

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Painting the interior of your home can give it a brand-new look but if you are completing the job yourself, there are a few things that you should keep in mind if you want it to look professional when you’re done. This is especially true for the baseboards, which a lot of homeowners place little emphasis on because they assume that it doesn’t matter what they look like. This couldn’t be farther from the truth because without neat-looking baseboards, the entire paint job can look uneven and sloppy. They can even make the rest of the paint job look bad. Fortunately, getting your baseboards looking good is not a complicated job and as long as you follow a few basic rules, the result should be one you love.

Preparation Is Key

Baseboards need to be clean and dust-free before the first stroke of paint is applied and the best way to get started is by preparing the floor for your paint job before anything else is done. You may have to use painter’s tape when placing a tarp over carpet so that it can be a little smoother and flatter but for both carpet and regular flooring, your tarp is an important piece of the puzzle. Once the floors are protected, you should concentrate on two main tasks:

  1. Clean the baseboards thoroughly using a damp cloth, paying special attention to any dirt patches or spider webs that must be removed.
  2. Since it is easy to have nicks or dents in your baseboard, make sure that you smooth them out with sandpaper, filling in any holes with putty so that the baseboards are not only clean but smooth and even as well.

Once your baseboards are clean, damage-free, and smooth, you can start the next step in the process, which is the painting job.

Painting Is as Important as Preparation

Painting your baseboards the right way is crucial but, again, with a few simple tips, that task should be one that you can easily handle. Here are a few more things to keep in mind when you get to the painting phase for your baseboards:

  • Paint with a very wet, but not dripping, brush
  • Always use two coats of paint on baseboards
  • Take your time – this should never be a quick job
  • Use a paint shield to keep the paint off the walls and clean it periodically with a washcloth or rag
  • Wait for the paint to fully dry before you remove the tarp or a ragged edge may result

Painting baseboards is very similar to painting walls or other fixtures and the more you do it, the better you’ll get at it. These tips may not be difficult but they are important to keep in mind because whether you are painting the baseboards in your home or office, you naturally want a clean and professional look in the end. This is only possible if you know what you are doing and even though it can be a bit tedious to be down on the floors for that long, one look at the final results and you’ll know you did the right thing.

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