The Best Paints For Transforming Your Skirting Boards

From classic to contemporary, our handpicked selection of skirting board paint allows you to express your style while ensuring long-term quality.
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Best Paint For Skirting Boards
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Your skirting boards might not always steal the spotlight, but with the right choice of paint, they can transform from a mundane element into a focal point.

Depending on the type of finish you wish to achieve will determine the best type of paint for your skirting boards. For example, a mid-sheen finish is a popular choice that can be achieved using satinwood paint. Just as popular is a high-sheen finish that’s achieved using gloss paints. Alternative finishes include low sheen (using eggshell) and natural stained finishes.

To assist you in selecting the right paint for your skirting boards, our handpicked selection lists top-performing paints, chosen based on our first-hand experience painting a variety of skirting boards. Our testing and up-to-date research further ensure the quality of our recommendations.

Dulux Once Satinwood Paint
Best Satin: Dulux Once Paint
Johnstone’s Wood & Metal Satin
Best Satin Runner-Up: Johnstone’s Wood & Metal Satin
Dulux Quick Dry Gloss Paint For Skirting Boards
Best Gloss: Dulux Quick Dry Gloss
Crown 358142 Stays White Paint
Best Gloss Runner-Up: Crown 358142 Stays White
Dulux Quick Dry Eggshell Paint For Skirting Boards
Best Eggshell: Dulux Low Sheen Paint
Everbuild Wood Stain For Skirting Boards
Best Stain: Everbuild Wood Stain

How The DIY Works Team Tests & Rates The Skirting Board Paints

As we replaced all the skirting boards within a recent house renovation, we took the chance to test out a number of suitable paints. During this time, we experimented with paints that included a mixture of gloss, satin and eggshell finishes.

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After testing these paints, we found that our favourite paint for skirting boards was the Dulux Once Satinwood. This was primarily because it had less sheen but the finish you wish to achieve to your skirting boards is a matter of personal preference.

For example, most people prefer a glossier finish to their skirting boards but there are of course many other finishes you can choose from.

In terms of our ongoing testing for this article, we analyse the paint’s ease of application, finish, durability, ability to remain white as well as its formulation.

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best gloss paint for skirting boards

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Below is a video that we posted on our YouTube channel that shows us testing one of our top recommendations (Dulux Once Satinwood). As you can see in the video, it was really easy to apply and it left a great finish.

To keep up our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest skirting board paint, we are continually testing paints from some of the top brands in the UK. This means that when we notice a brand has released a new and improved paint, we will attempt to buy it and put it to the test (where applicable).

As well as testing a range of paints that are suitable for skirting boards, we also based our recommendations on the latest research and several factors. Some of the factors that we considered included their coverage, ease of application, finish, non-yellowing capabilities, time to dry, colours available and value for money.

If it’s your first time painting skirting boards, we wrote an in-depth guide that walks you through how to achieve a professional finish.

The Best Paints For Skirting Boards

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1. Best Satin: Dulux Once Paint

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The Dulux Once is a very popular satinwood paint that’s ideal for painting skirting boards. It’s available in a variety of colours and according to the brand, it only requires a single coat for the perfect finish.

After painting skirting boards in a room for testing, we found it to be very durable and easy to touch up when needed. We were also impressed with how little paint was required and the tin certainly went a long way.

  • 12 m2 coverage per litre
  • Requires only a single application
  • No undercoat is required
  • Non-yellowing and long lasting
  • Available in several colours
  • Takes 16 hours to fully dry out

Depending upon how quickly you need to paint the skirting boards, the brand also offers a quick dry formula of this paint. However, if you want an affordable, easy to apply and high-quality satinwood paint for your skirting boards, you can’t go wrong with the Dulux Once as it ticks all the boxes.

2. Best Satin Runner-Up: Johnstone’s Wood & Metal Satin

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Johnstone’s Quick Dry Satin is another popular paint that can be used for painting the majority of interior wood or metal surfaces. It’s a water-based formula that dries in 2 hours and produces minimal odour for more enjoyable painting.

In terms of using it as a paint for skirting boards, door frames and architraves, it’s relatively thick and provides great coverage. The satin finish that it provides is highly desirable, hard wearing and easy to touch up if required.

  • Water based and low odour formulation
  • Non-yellowing finish
  • Available in 10 colours
  • 12 m2 coverage per litre
  • Dries in 1 to 2 hours
  • From our testing, it required two coats for the best finish

Overall, Johnstone’s Quick Dry Satin is a high-quality paint that’s perfect for painting skirting boards and other wood or metal surfaces. It’s also relatively affordable when compared to similar paints.

3. Best Gloss: Dulux Quick Dry Gloss

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Painting your skirting boards with a high-sheen finish is another desirable option favoured by many homeowners. If this is a finish you require, the Dulux Quick Dry Gloss is one of the best-rated gloss paints on the market that’s easy to apply and provides a glossy finish to the skirting boards.

The application of the paint is similar to all the Quick Dry range with a 6-hour drying time between coats. However, one point that we feel is worth mentioning is that during testing, the gloss didn’t provide as much coverage as the Once formula (recommended above) but it still provides up to 12 m2 per litre, which is considered more than adequate.

  • High sheen finish
  • Touch dry in 1 hour
  • Long lasting protection that stays white
  • Non-drip and easy to apply
  • Suitable for metal and wood
  • From our testing, we found that it required two coats for the best results

Overall, the Dulux Quick Dry Gloss is one of the most popular choices for painting skirting boards and for good reason too. It’s easy to apply, dries quickly and the paint washes off brushes, skin or clothes with just soapy water.

4. Best Gloss Runner-Up: Crown 358142 Stays White

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Another popular paint for achieving a high sheen finish is the Crown Stays White Gloss. It’s a more affordable alternative to the Dulux above and is perfect for skirting boards, door frames, window frames and so much more.

  • Water based formulation
  • Touch dry in 1 hour
  • Suitable for interior or exterior use
  • Durable high sheen finish
  • Non-yellowing and stays white for longer
  • Only available in a 750ml tin

Overall, the Crown Stays White Gloss is an excellent all-round paint for skirting boards that won’t disappoint. It provides a high-quality finish that’s touch dry in just 1 hour as well as long-lasting whiteness.

5. Best Eggshell: Dulux Low Sheen Paint

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Another Dulux paint that’s suitable for painting skirting boards is the Eggshell formula, which leaves a low sheen finish. It’s a fast-drying paint that’s easy to apply and provides great coverage at 16 m2 per litre.

In terms of the application, Dulux recommends leaving the paint to dry for at least 6 hours between coats.

  • Available in 25 different colours
  • 2.5 litre tin capacity (40 m2 coverage)
  • Non-drip formula that’s easy to apply
  • Touch dry in 1 hour
  • Provides long lasting protection
  • Requires two coats for the best results

If you require paint for skirting boards that leaves a low-sheen finish, the Dulux Quick Dry Eggshell is perfect. It provides excellent coverage and is really easy to apply or perform touch-ups on any chips or markings in the future.

6. Best Stain: Everbuild Wood Stain

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An alternative to painting the skirting boards with standard paint is to provide them with a natural stained finish. One of the best ways of achieving this type of finish is with this Everbuild Wood Stain, which is touch dry in 30 minutes and provides long-lasting results for up to 5 years.

Depending upon the natural finish you wish to achieve, the brand offers this wood stain in a natural oak, antique pine, mahogany, walnut, rosewood, dark oak, teak and clear finish.

  • Touch dry in 30 minutes
  • Second coat can be applied after 4 hours
  • Multiple stained finishes available
  • 250 ml, 750 ml or 2.5 litre tins
  • Provides up to 20 m2 coverage per litre
  • Up to 5 years of protection
  • Crack and peel resistant
  • During our testing, we found that the colour on the skirting boards was a lot darker than we expected

To conclude, the Everbuild Wood Stain is a great alternative to using standard paint for skirting boards. It’s also relatively affordable and provides far superior protection on a range of interior or exterior surfaces too.


Freshening up your skirting boards with a lick of paint can make a world of difference. It’s also relatively easy to do and the transformation that it provides is well worth your time and the small cost for the paint.

All of our recommendations include each type of finish and are produced by reputable paint brands in the UK. However, for the best results, you must allow enough time for the paint to dry between coats.

If you require further information regarding our skirting board paint recommendations, feel free to get in touch and we will try to provide our assistance where possible.

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