On the Skirting World website, you will find a wide range of finished for architrave and skirting boards. Be it pine, MDF, or HDF, they have everything you need. If you’ve never shopped for skirting boards before, then it’s very likely that you are not familiar with all the terms that we use to describe the different types of finishes. Therefore, throughout this article, we will explain each type of finish so that you will be able to make the right choices when it comes to buying skirting boards and architrave.
Unprimed architrave and skirting boards
If you choose the “unprimed” option, then you will receive the boards in their ‘raw’ form. For instance, choosing unprimed MDF means that you will get light brown or greenish boards that haven’t been treated with anything, depending on the size and other specifications that you will choose. Keep in mind that unprimed architrave and skirting boards require at least one layer of primer before being painted.
MDF does not allow you to paint it without applying primer first because it reacts badly becoming somewhat ‘furry’. This is due to the fact that this material is porous, so it absorbs large amounts of paint, so make sure you never paint and MDF board without applying primer first.
Primer, also known as the undercoat, is a product that can be easily found in any DIY retailer or paint store. The primer must be applied evenly on each skirting board or piece of architrave using a brush or a roller. Once the boards have dried, you must use a light sanding pad or a piece of fine sandpaper to remove any leftover fibers and to prepare the surface for painting. You need to make sure that the primer layer is opaque if you want your skirting to look nice.
So, in case you were wondering why someone would order unprimed products, the answer is because they are slightly cheaper and because they are produced much quicker. So, if you are on a very tight schedule and budget, you might want to consider unprimed boards.
Primed architrave and skirting boards
Buying pre-primed architrave and skirting boards is without a doubt the most popular choice and what we normally recommend our customers. Furthermore, this is also the way most retailers sell their boards. If a skirting board or architrave is “primed”, that implies that you will get the products already coated with white primer, so all you will have to do is to sand them down and make them smooth and then apply the paint. The obvious benefit of buying pre-primed architrave and skirting boards is the fact that you will save a lot of time and effort.
Fully finished architrave and skirting boards
Opting for fully-finished architrave or skirting boards implies that you will receive a product that is ready to install. You will not have to do anything but to install it on the walls. You might notice that after you install it, you might need to do some ‘touching up’, but nothing too major.
The main advantage that you will have if you choose fully finished architrave and skirting boards is that you won’t have to do any of the work yourself. If you’re not a big fan of DIY projects, then this is the way to go.