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Painting Skirting and Picture Rail with EggShell and Cutting In Hell!

Discussion in 'Decorating and Painting' started by xbot, 12 Sep 2017.

  1. Hi All,

    I have a couple of questions regarding the painting of a picture rail and skirting board.

    1. I'm repianting the above with an oil based eggshell (Leyland). I spent many hours burning the old paint work off completely, sanding it back and filling the dinks and dents. I then used a primer/undercoat before applying the first coat of eggshell. Admittedly I only have a lamp in the room but looking along the line of the picture rail it looks terrible, as if someone might have apinted straight over the top of the old paint with loads of imperfections still visible. See the photos below. It's really quite demoralising, loads of hard work and the results really are quite poor. What am I doing wrong, do I need further thicker coats? I am using synthetic premium brushes - Wilko brand (red and black handle).



    2. I am trying to cut in a strong grey colour on 2 of the walls. I've tried doing it by hand and although I have a steady hand and I am very patient the results again are poor. I've tried experimenting with tiny brushes, small and medium, cutting dark into the eggshell and vise versa the results are just not up to standard.

    I purchased some Frog tape and gave it a trail, I taped onto the grey wall just below the picture rails and then painted the egg shell. With the paint still wet I removed the tape and although passable in places the white has bleed in parts. The other option is to tape the woodwork and paint the grey in?

    Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated. I'm close to either ripping the wood work off and painting then re-securing or just getting a professional in to finish the job.

    Thanks in advance,

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  3. oldbutnotdead


    11 Jan 2013
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    Got to say the woodwork looks as if the sanding and filling wasn't very good. Is that the primer coat or the eggshell? Primer is really good at revealing issues that weren't visible on bare wood.....

    With the cutting in etc do the woodwork first then the walls. You can wipe off emulsion from the woodwork. And Wilko aren't what I'd call a premium brush supplier- look at Harris.
  4. geraldthehamster


    7 Feb 2010
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    Also don't use a tiny brush. Cutting in is easier with a larger brush
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