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Preparing the Room For Painting


Once your repairs have been made, youíre almost ready to paint. Take the time now to remove or cover anything in the room that could be spattered by paint as you work. Furniture should be moved into the center of the room and draped with plastic (readily available in large sheets at hardware stores and home improvement centers). Cover floors with canvas drop cloths (paint will not pool up on canvas like it will on plastic), and remove things like switch plates, window and door hardware, duct covers, and wall lights. Use tape to mask off wood moldings. Taking the time to mask and drape thoroughly will save both cleanup time and unnecessary damage to furnishings and fixtures.

 

TAPING
It is always wise to protect areas like woodwork and window glass that butt up against the surfaces youíll be painting. Taping these areas may save you cleanup time and ensure a clean, straight finish. To mask woodwork, use painterís tape, which is a wide strip of brown paper with adhesive along one edge. Cut off short lengths of the tape, and, working one section at a time, smooth the adhesive edge onto the woodwork with a putty knife (see top photo). Keep your edges as straight as possible. The paper edge will stick out past the molding, protecting it from paint spatters.

 

Fainterís masking tape (not to be con fused with the masking tape used for pack ages) is specially designed to be applied and removed without damaging painted surfaces. Still, itís best not to leave the tape in place longer than necessary. Carefully removing the tape before the paint dries usually produces a smoother line. Look for these masking tapes in the paint section of your home improvement store. They are available in a wide range of widths and are often colored red or blue.

 

COVER LIGHT FIXTURES
To protect hanging fixtures, unscrew the collar from the ceiling and lower it to expose the rough opening in the ceiling. Then wrap the fixture with a plastic bag.

 

DRAPING
When painting the ceiling only, drape your walls (see lower photo) with sheet plastic to prevent damage from paint spatters. Use 2Ē (5 cm) masking tape to hold the plastic sheets to the wall along the ceiling line.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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