Wood filler can be used on skirting boards and other parts of your home, including floorboards and doors.
However, it’s important that you use the right kind of filler to make sure that it looks perfect and lasts a long time.
In this post we’ll cover how to use wood filler on different materials in your home so that you can get them looking great again.
Can I use filler on skirting boards?
Yes, you can, and it’s one of the best ways to repair cracks, gaps, and holes in your skirting board. As well as adding a lovely finish to any area that gets a lot of wear or has been damaged by animals.
Filling in gaps is also useful for hiding joins where panels have been cut together. If you’re happy with the colour of your door but it’s slightly out of alignment then filling will hide this too while giving an overall better look than painting over it with paint that doesn’t match perfectly.
Table of Contents
- Can I use filler on skirting boards?
- How do you fill gaps in new skirting boards?
- How do you fill cracks between skirting walls?
- Should there be a gap between skirting and floor?
- Can I use Polyfilla instead of wood filler?
- How do you hide the joins on a skirting board?
- Should you caulk skirting before or after painting?
- How do you seal drafty skirting boards?
How do you fill gaps in new skirting boards?
- Choose a filler that matches your skirting boards.
- Choose a filler that is easy to sand.
- Choose a filler that is easy to paint.
- Choose a filler that is easy to clean, if you want it painted later on.
How do you fill cracks between skirting walls?
- Use wood filler. Wood filler is a type of material that can be used to fill holes and cracks in wood. It comes in many different forms, including putty, gel, and liquid.
- Smooth the filler out with a putty knife or sanding sponge. You can use any of these tools to smooth out your wood filler by rubbing it across the surface until it’s even with the rest of your skirting wall.
- Use paint rollers on large areas and brushes on small ones if you have time left over from filling all those holes. If you don’t have time for this step (or just don’t feel like doing it), simply paint over the filled area with some white paint to make everything look nice again!
Should there be a gap between skirting and floor?
If you find that your skirting boards are sitting lower than the floor, this is likely because they were not installed properly.
Skirting will typically be level with the floor; if it’s not, it may be because the skirting was moved during renovations or a previous owner moved it up to compensate for a small gap.
If this is the case, do not worry! It is easy enough to fix this problem using shims or spacers:
Just follow these simple steps:
- Measure in from each side of your room where you want your skirting boards to sit on the floor. This can be done by measuring from any corner or wall in your room (assuming there are no obstructions like appliances).
- Using a ruler and pencil, mark out where each board should go on one of them so that they align perfectly when installed together in an alternating pattern (this will ensure that all sides line up).
- Fill any gaps between walls and floors with wood filler and allow it time to dry completely before sanding down smooth once dry and ready
Can I use Polyfilla instead of wood filler?
While the name sounds similar, Polyfilla is actually a plaster-based product that you would use to fill holes in walls or ceilings.
While it may be tempting to try using this instead of wood filler, it’s important to note that wood filler is specifically designed for use on wood and will provide much better results than a general purpose plaster filler.
If you need to patch up any areas on your skirting boards or flooring, we recommend using specialised products like Timbermate Wood Filler instead of Polyfilla.
How do you hide the joins on a skirting board?
Filling the gaps with wood filler is the most popular option for hiding skirting board joins. However, there are other things you can do to cover up those unsightly cracks and holes:
- Paint: Paint is another great way of concealing skirting board cracks and holes. You can paint over existing wood filler if you want to make sure they’re completely covered. It’s important that you sand down any rough patches first so that the paint has something smooth to stick onto.
- Sanding: Sanding your Skirting Boards before painting them is really useful because it creates a good surface for the new coating of paint and makes sure all traces of old coats are removed as well as helping stop it from chipping as easily during home maintenance tasks such as vacuuming or cleaning windows etcetera afterward!
Should you caulk skirting before or after painting?
Should you caulk skirting before or after painting? It’s a topic of debate among DIYers and professionals alike. Here, we’ll help you decide which way is best for your project, so that you can get it done right the first time.
How do you seal drafty skirting boards?
If you want to seal drafty skirting boards, there are two things you need: a good quality silicone caulk and a caulking gun.
Use the caulk gun to apply a thin bead of the silicone all around your skirting boards and into the space where they meet your floor.
Caulk guns have an angled tip that lets you apply an even bead without getting messy or making a mess. Let dry for 24 hours before using furniture on top of it!
If this doesn’t do it, repeat with another thin layer of silicone caulk in order to completely fill in any gaps between the edge of your floor and your baseboard trimming pieces (aka “skirting”).
So, there you have it—everything you need to know about how to fill gaps on skirting boards. Whether you’re filling cracks between skirting walls or hiding the joins on a skirting board, there are plenty of different products available that can help make your job easier.
You should always check the packaging carefully before using any kind of filler, though. Different types of wood filler work better for certain purposes than others and some materials will not be suitable at all if used in certain situations!
For example, Polyfilla is best used when painting over existing finishes such as paintwork or wallpaper so avoid using it as an alternative unless absolutely necessary