The best paint for skirting boards and door frames is a coating that covers well and lasts before recoating.
The gloss level finish is down to individual preference.
Traditionally skirting boards have been painted in gloss paint but modern looks have seen a shift to satinwood and eggshell.
The gloss level dictates the sheen level and this plays a part in the aesthetic difference between the wall paint and the skirting.
We test the different options available for Gloss, Satinwood (semi-gloss finish) and Eggshell (more Matt) available.
Whatever the preference of gloss, a freshly painted skirting board and door frame really impresses visually.
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Best Paints For Skirting Boards UK
The best gloss paint for Skirting Boards is Leyland Trade High Gloss
The best Satinwood is the Dulux Quick Dry Satinwood
The best Eggshell for Skirting is Leyland Acrylic Eggshell
Skirting and Door Frame Paint Comparison
|Skirting Board Paint||Coverage per Litre||Re-coatable Drying Time (Hours)|
|Leyland Trade High Gloss||17 m2||16-24|
|Dulux Quickdry Satin||16 m2||6|
|Leyland Trade Arylic Eggshell||12 m2||3-4|
Best Gloss for Skirting- Leyland Trade High Gloss
For a high quality gloss finish look no further than Leyland Trade’s High Gloss.
The paint can be used inside and outside of the home which is great but for skirting and door frames this paint really excels.
We used the brilliant white colour and did dry back a great shade of bright white.
The paint has very good opacity which helps hide a multitude of imperfections.
It flows brilliantly and makes application by brush simple.
With this being a trade product it is designed to last and not yellow.
Some of the key features of the Leyland Trade High Gloss are:
- A tough and durable coating
- Easy to apply- good flow and levelling coats
- Finishes to an outstanding gloss
- Suitable for both wood work and metalwork
- Can be used internally and externally
Although this paint was outstanding going on skirting its handy for other jobs around the home.
It is oil-based so can take a while to completely cure but this is a tough durable product that will brighten any room.
It does bring a smell with it that can linger for days so look at ventilation and maybe don’t use in your bedroom or kids bedrooms if you are sleeping in there on the same night.
It is a very thick paint so it is advised to stir thoroughly before each use and then stir again to ensure that the oils and binders are mixed well.
The high gloss as stated on the tin lives up to its names and is one of the glossiest on the market.
We have used this product with great success on exterior wooden soffits and fascia boards and it does an equally good job outdoors.
Best Satinwood for Skirting– Dulux Satinwood
Dulux Quickdry Satinwood is an excellent choice for a more mid sheen modern look.
As it’s waterbased it drys quickly as is mentioned.
Ideal for indoor DIY projects such as the painting of woodwork especially skirting, door frames and doors.
It is the opposite of the gloss above, this is a much thinner paint and subsequently will require 2-3 coats to get good coverage.
Also there isn’t the strong odours that you get with oil based gloss. It can take a bit of getting used to however, but its worth sticking with as the finished result is great.
The main features of the Dulux Quickdry Satinwood are:
- Quick Drying
- Drys to a satin mid-sheen finish
- Low Odour
- Stays White
- Non Drip
Interior Areas where this paint can be applied
- Wooden Doors
- Wooden windows
- Skirting boards
- Architrave and door frames
- Staircase Sections
- Sanding wood and paintwork down
The paint itself is self undercoating and wipeable.
It is also non-yellowing which can occur on certain paints.
The paint is touch dry in up to an hour and shouldnt be recoated for upto 6 hours.
The satinwood finish is an ideal choice of paint for your skirting boards to give a modern finish that is also durable.
Best Eggshell for Skirting– Leyland Acrylic Eggshell
For those interested in creating a shabby chic feel to their skirting, eggshell is the way to go.
Acrylic or water-based paints have a reputation as being easy to mark and scratch but this isn’t the case with this quality trade coating.
It is hardwearing and easy to apply.
For those looking at applying the most matt finish available on skirting and door frames but still having the durability then this is great choice.
The brilliant white paint we used does indeed dry back to a bright white finish.
It is also suitable for walls and ceilings so saves on buying lots of different paints.
The main features of the Leyland Acrylic Eggshell are:
- Stain and moisture resistant
- Suitable for all areas of the home
- Easy to clean
- Durable mid-sheen finish
- Waterbased and low odour
It is re-coatable in 3-4 hours and once dry does hide some imperfections.
It is exteremly durable and is ideal for skirting and frames that are prone to dirt and will need cleaning.
Another excellent coating by Leyland Trade
Skirting boards and door frames can dramatically improve the appearance of any room with a coat or two of paint.
White is typically used on these areas but you can these paints mixed in any colour your heart desires.
Look at durability when choosing though as skirting and frames can be prone to knocks, bumps and dirt.
You no longer have to go the traditional choice of gloss either as there are some great products available in other gloss sheens.