What paintbrush is best for painting baseboards?

What is the best way to paint baseboards?
What paintbrush is best for painting baseboards?

While painting a wall is simple enough, learning to paint baseboards can be difficult. In addition to being in an odd spot, baseboards are simply not something we paint all that often, so they’re tough to wrap our heads around. Luckily, painting baseboards doesn’t need to be so difficult. With a few simple tools and a spare afternoon, you can have your baseboards looking as if they’ve been professionally painted. Here’s how.

First, you need to wash your baseboards. A warm, damp rag will do just fine, although you may have to resort to a scrub brush, soap and water if your house is older or your baseboards are very dirty. Once you’ve thoroughly washed the baseboards and let them dry completely, it’s time to patch any holes. A simple painter’s spackling paste does this job beautifully. For best results, use your finger to push the putty into the holes and then wipe any excess away with a soft rag.

When this job is done, it’s time to tape the baseboards along the space where they meet the floor and the wall with painter’s tape. Be sure to put down a piece of plastic or a drop cloth to protect your flooring from drips and splatter.

Now that all the preparatory work is done, it’s time to start painting. Move in long, fluid, horizontal strokes parallel to the floor. The type of paint you’re using determines how many coats you need, although one is usually sufficient for baseboards unless you are making a drastic change to the color. Once you’ve got all the surfaces painted, pull off your painter’s tape and clean up any lines that need it.

While baseboards don’t get all the attention of a freshly painted room, they’re a great way to dress up a space and make the entire area feel fresher and cleaner.

If you need paint, drop cloths, brushes, tape and other supplies to get your baseboard project started, contact Paintzen for a free quote today. We’re happy to help you get your project on the road.

What paintbrush is best for painting baseboards?

When painting baseboards, the paintbrush you use can vary based on the size of your baseboards and the type of paint you’re using. Typically, a 2 or 2.5-inch angled brush works just fine. Particularly when using latex paint, it’s best to paint your baseboards with a nylon or poly-nylon brush.

Although DIY projects can be fun and rewarding, you want to follow a few useful tips for ensuring your baseboards are smooth and free of blemishes once you’re finished with the job. Now that you know how to choose the right paintbrush for your project, the next step is to begin preparing your baseboards for the paint.

The first thing you’ll want to do is to wipe the baseboards with a damp cloth to remove any dust or debris. Even if your baseboards look spotless to the naked eye, it’s still a good idea to give them a quick swipe just to make sure you don’t end up with chunky debris or unwanted grime in your paint.

Whether you’re new to painting or a seasoned expert will determine the amount of painter’s tape you should use. If this is your very first time painting baseboards, it might be a good idea to place one-inch-thick painter’s tape along the edge of the baseboards on the floor and wall sides. However, if you’ve already been there and done that more times than you can count, you might prefer to cut in the top of the baseboards by hand while saving your tape for use on the floor side of the trim.

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