How To Mask Off Before Painting Your Exterior Walls

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How To Mask Off Before Painting Your Exterior Walls

How To Mask Off Before Painting Your Exterior Walls

4 May 2016
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Painting with the pneumatic spraygun can be a messy job, but it will save you hours and hours of work, especially if your building has a rough wall surface. If you properly mask off the area around your walls, you won't have to waste your time cleaning up in the end. This article explains how to mask off the area around your walls before painting with a pneumatic spraygun. These techniques will reduce overspray and shorten your clean up time.

Covering the Floors With Construction Paper

You want to use heavy duty construction paper to cover up any pathways along the side of your house. The key is to tape down the entire edge of the paper with painter's tape. You want to make the paper as secure as possible. You need to do this thoroughly because you will probably have to set the base of your ladder on this paper, and you definitely don't want it to shift around while you are climbing up it. It is probably a good idea to cover the entire surface of the floor around the base of the wall your painting. Cover at least 6' out to make sure you don't have to clean up too much overspray in the end.

Covering the Roof, Windows and Doors with Painter's Plastic

Large rolls of painter's plastic make it easy to cover the window and door fixtures. For the best results and easiest application, use .2 to .5 millimeter thick plastic. The thinner the plastic, the easier it is to apply. However, such thin plastic can get blown and stretched out by the wind. You want to completely cover and seal your fixtures. Use painter's tape to securely attach the plastic along every edge of the window or door casing. You obviously don't want paint getting onto your window glass or doors. Using 2" tape allows you to get a good hold on the plastic but also have plenty of tape left over to stick to the casing. Plastic can also be draped over bushes, flower beds, plants, trash cans, air conditioner units and other random things near your sidewalls.

Finally, try to paint on a day that is not windy because it will significantly reduce the overspray. With the right masking materials, your paint job will be much easier. You can also spray much quicker if you are confident that your area is adequately masked off with the right materials.

For more information, tips, or if you feel you cannot do this yourself, contact professional painting services, such as Brad McDonnell Painting & Decorating.

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