Plastering Question

Skirting board repair and skimming

We have recently moved into a Victorian terraced flat. We are getting the living room walls skimmed and need to strip and repair the original skirting boards (previous owner painted them turquoise).

A couple of questions:
- It is better to skim first and then strip/repair the skirting boards or the other way around?

- We had removed the previous floors and have sanded the original floorboards. We've been left with gaps of up to 1cm between the floor and skirting board. What is the best way to fill this? Is the gap too big for expanding foam / filler? We're trying to figure out if our only option (aside from removing skirting boards) is scotia molding, which we don't like very much. Alternatively can you get very shallow scotia moulding?

Advice would be much appreciated!


2 Answers

Hi Anna,
I feel for the best finish,taking of the skirting would be the best option,I say that it's also the most expensive. If it was possible to source a nice moulding for the bottom rather than beading this might be the way to go.
Hopefully this helps.

Kind regards

Answered 26th Feb 2018


Member since 26 Nov 2012

on a property of that age you should leave a gap between skirting and floor for air circulation as the skirting boards against the wall can sweat if the walls have been treated or tanked with a kA slurry then you could fill the gap my advise would be to leave it breath HOPE THIS HELPS

Answered 5th Mar 2018

S.R Plastering and Building

Member since 1 Oct 2013

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