It's always a good idea to maximize your effort when masking. There are some easy solutions and right products that can make you really an artist of spray paint!
So, it's important to take the time and effort before painting a room in your home. Make sure that you don't ruin any permanent fixtures with overspray, like shelves or lights for example! After preparing everything thoroughly it is possible for one who knows what they're doing to get an even more polished look by using paint colors similar to those found on professional canvases.
Use a masking film on the furniture to cover it
A quick and effective way to avoid spills or scratches on your furniture is to cover it with a masking film. To protect the room from over spray you can use a plastic sheet.
Unstick a piece of a pre-cut masking film and place it on top of the furniture, then attach it using painter’s tape. The masking film sticks to your furniture and has a low adhesion level, allowing you to easily remove it once the painting is done.
Tape over the switch.
To create a clean cut between the wall and the switch, use a square shape around it. Cut four pieces of masking tape and stick them around the base of the switch. Cover light switches, electrical outlets and plugs.
Choose a protective film with high coverage to cover all your electrical outlets. Cut small pieces so you can easily remove them without breaking it.
Keep your windows and doors safe.
To protect windows, doors and wall corners from over spray, use a larger piece of masking film. Start by securing it to the bottom using painter’s tape or double-sided tape. If you want to reduce the adhesive level even more try using a dispenser instead of using your hands. To get a perfect cut around the door, use a masking tape.
For this step, cut four small pieces of painter’s tape and attach them to the frame. Make sure it covers the entire edge of the door. Keeping in mind not to cover any parts where you will open or close the door. If needed, cut another piece of masking film to cover glass areas.
Cover pre-taped masking paper on the floor.
Cover the floor by using a pre-taped masking paper. Cut it in four pieces and stick them on each corner of the room, side by side. To avoid wrinkles, roll slowly along the floor while pulling the paper slightly backwards. If you need to cover furniture or other items on top of thick carpet, use an additional piece of masking paper.
Cover the wall edges with two small pieces of tape, one on each side of the corner. Then use a piece of pre-taped masking paper to cover the walls, leaving no gaps between the floor and the bottom of the paper.
Covering a portion of the ceiling
This step is not necessary for a fine finish. But if you want to protect the ceiling from over spray, cover it with masking tape and then add a piece of pre-taped masking paper. Cut two small pieces of masking tape and stick them on each side of the corner, overlapping in the middle. Use a wider piece of masking paper to cover the ceiling.
To prevent it from moving while you’re working, apply extra pieces of masking tape on each corner of the ceiling. To avoid air bubbles and wrinkles use a dispenser to attach the paper.
You can also use an electric hand roller if needed. Finally, remove all masking materials, clean the floor and you’re ready to start painting.
Masking a room for spray painting is an important step in any paint or renovation project. As we mentioned before, this process can be messy and tedious but the benefits far outweigh the costs and time required to prepare your space. We hope these tips help you get started on your next project because we want everyone to be safe when they're at home getting projects done.
I am a certified Painting Expert who is passionate about all home interior, automotive and DIY project painting. I’ve also worked as a professional paint sprayer on both small home projects and large commercial buildings.