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.
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.
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