How best to paint skirting board along staircase?

28 May 2007
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United Kingdom

I'd like to re-gloss the skirting board that runs up my staircase, but I don't want to get any paint on the carpet.

I don't think taking the carpet up at the edges is an option, as it would basically mean taking the whole carpet off the stairs, and I don't fancy trying to put it back! :eek:

Any ideas on alternative approaches would be great.

Thanks in advance.
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That part of the stairs is called the stringing. I always use inch masking tape up to the wood and pull off after i have got to the bottom before the paint has dried fully. Pulling it gently at a slight angle away from the string. This also lifts any dust that was there as well.

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