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Decorative Mouldings Finishes Guide

At Skirtings R Us we provide premium skirting boards and architrave and focus on the most popular finish: primed. Owing to our superior higher density board and our tungsten carbide tooling we are able to produce a moulded surface ideal for receiving paint.

Why Are Primed Finishes Most Popular On Skirting Boards?

Primed finishes are the most popular choice for skirting and architrave throughout the DIY, building and design industries. This is mainly because priming skirting board by hand is a labour intensive process and it usually takes multiple coats. However taking the board any closer to fully finished makes it impractical to fit. This is because any knock or scuff (easily done when installing) will ruin a gloss finish for the entire length, and creates costly mistakes.

In summary, a pre-primed skirting board will take a skirting board as close to finished as possible, without increasing expensive wastage risks.

Skirtings R Us Finishes Range


Un-primed skirting board or architrave will be supplied raw, and will have no MDF primer applied to it. The product will need to be primed before finishing coats are applied. Un-primed products may be available on a shorter lead time (potentially on a next day delivery), as they don't need to be painted. Please contact us if you need un-primed materials quickly.

Please note: as MDF is an absorbent material, the product may take two or more coats to seal it.

Un-primed representation


Skirting or architrave ordered with a primed finish will have visible faces of product pre-primed and ready for further finishing. Orders are primed with a water based MDF primer which can finished with any paint product (be it oil, water, or spirit based).

Primed skirting and architrave will go through our entire finishing process, which is made up of the following stations;

  • First Coating - An initial coat of MDF primer is applied and dried.
  • Sanding Station - The product is sanded down.
  • Second Coating - A second coat of MDF primer is applied to seal the board and then left to dry.

Primed representation

We would recommend a light sand before subsequent coats to aid with adhesion.

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