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Baseboard, painting the top?

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:03 pm
by The Sligo Rover
Should I paint the top of my 12mm ply baseboard to seal it ? (It is in a concrete sectional shed). If so with what and what colour should I paint it please? From reading various sources sealing it will be a sound idea and a dark grey matt emulsion appears popular. Any suggestions please.

Re: Baseboard, painting the top?

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 12:18 pm
by Walkingthedog
Yes. Paint it any colour you like, there are no rules. I used what ever emulsion I had in the shed or buy some test pots. Dark grey is good, brown, green, mixture of all of them. Where there is going to be loco sheds black is good. Fields, green or brown.

Re: Baseboard, painting the top?

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:03 pm
by Mountain Goat
I have two thoughts on this. One is to paint it. The other is along the lines of when itnis pinted some things don't stick so easily on it.

Re: Baseboard, painting the top?

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 1:08 pm
by Walkingthedog
Never had problems sticking anything down. I use PVA.

Re: Baseboard, painting the top?

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:36 pm
by cheshire lines
I sealed my baseboard with clear varnish (satin floor varnish if memory serves) and haven't had any problems sticking things down.

Re: Baseboard, painting the top?

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:43 pm
by Bandit Mick
I used grey emulsion in a bargain basket.

Re: Baseboard, painting the top?

Posted: Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:13 pm
by Chuffchuff
I read somewhere (probably here) that pays to paint the underside as well as the topfor two reasons.

It may prevent warping if there is damp in the air.

It helps if the underside is bright as it can make wiring easier to see and work with.

Rgds

Re: Baseboard, painting the top?

Posted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:08 pm
by Mr Bones
Chuffchuff wrote:
Sun Mar 31, 2019 9:13 pm
It helps if the underside is bright as it can make wiring easier to see and work with.
I like that train of thought :D

Re: Baseboard, painting the top?

Posted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 8:31 pm
by Walkingthedog
White underneath is a very good idea, you need all the light you can get under there. Most people have some old white emulsion.

Re: Baseboard, painting the top?

Posted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 9:04 pm
by The Sligo Rover
That is exactly what I have done, the result is well worth the effort.