I need to repaint the skirting boards in a bedroom which is already capetted. The carpet is in good condition and I don't want to replace it, but I'm worried that I'll get paint on it while painting the skirting boards. The carpet is quite fluffy so it actually touches the skirting boards. Even if I try to hold the carpet back there is no way to get the paintbrush to the bottom of the skirting board without getting paint on the carpet.
Is there any tool you can buy to keep the carpet away from the skirting board while painting?
Hi stubbalot, try putting cheap masking tape around the edge of the carpet. Get it so that it is tight to the skirting board then use your fingers to push it down so that none of the carpet can be seen between the tape and the skirting boards. That way you will not get any of the paint on the carpet and you can leave it there until you have finished the job, then just pull away. I say to use cheap masking tape as it will come away from the carpet after you have finished much easier than a good quality one. Good luck. Shed.
the cardboard idea isn't bad but may cause more problems. i bought a tool many years ago for this exact job. just a thin steel blade that you butt up to cover the carpet as you paint. problem is that invariably you will get paint on the cardboard which could drag across the carpet as you remove it.