How To Mask Off For Less Mess

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Painting is one of those remodel jobs that always seems easier than it actually is. In most cases, even the simplest job will take longer than you expected. Not to mention, making your paint job look good is often hard. You can't just expect to buy some paint and quickly paint your walls with a brush. Perhaps the most time-consuming, yet vital stage of painting is the preparation work. The fact of the matter is, the more prep work you do and the more thorough you mask off your area, the quicker the actual painting will go. This article explains how to mask off your interior so the painting will be streamlined and less messy.

Covering the Floors

Firstly, you need to cover the floors. If you are painting an entire room, and the ceiling, you can't expect to cover your floors with newspaper or cardboard. It is much easier in the long run if you invest in large rolls of construction or red rosin paper. This paper allows you to quickly cover your floor. You can cover 100% of the floor in a matter of minutes. However, many people make the mistake of not taping down the construction paper. Even if you are covering up carpet, taping the edges will ensure that the paper does not slide around during your paint job. It also prevents paint spills from leaking over the edge of the paper and onto your carpet. While this might seem excessive, you will certainly be thankful, especially when it comes to painting your ceilings.

Covering the Molding

Another vital thing that you need to mask off is the baseboard and crown molding. Most people will repaint their molding at the same time that they are painting their walls. However, you still want to mask off your molding thoroughly during the days that you are actually painting the walls. The best way to effectively cover up baseboard molding is to use a masking gun. This is a simple device that attaches the painters tape to a small role of construction paper as you roll it onto a surface. Painters tape is not wide enough to fully protect your molding. If you apply the tape and paper to the top edge baseboard molding, the paper will overhang and also protect the edge of your carpet. This provides an extra layer of protection in case your construction paper on the floor gets pulled away from the wall. This is actually quite common on carpet floors, because the tape does not always give you the strongest hold.

After you do these two preparation steps, you can remove all of the pictures, frames and air registers from the wall. At this point, your walls will basically be ready for paint. The room will be more or less paint-proof, so you can paint quicker without always having to worry about small spills.

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