Masking Done Right

Eddie Shekari
September 11, 2017

Masking is a vital step for any non-messy painting job. It can prevent splatter, drips, or overspray that will damage the area and therefore make for a much more frustrating experience. We here at Pro Painters, your Houston painting company, have some advice to give to help you through this part of the process.

Here?s to Tradition

Back in the day, people used paper and masking tape to achieve this kind of protection, but this can be quite time-consuming. Paper is of course not very moldable in edges and corners, nor waterproof, which is troublesome if your project is outdoors. The plus side is that it is cheap.

Time Means Improvements

From the original idea, some people switched to mask with boxed film while others moved to plastic along with masking tape. This means no paint will bleed through, light can stream in through the film, it will resist water, and it will stretch better than the paper. However, masking a large area will take a great deal of time.

The Latest and Greatest

Nowadays we have masking films and lightweight masking tools which apply painter?s tape to the film, plastic, or paper in one shot so the whole job is much faster. Utilizing a tool with folded film in bigger areas is quicker than boxed plastic or tape.

Did you know that masking film is a wonderful moisture barrier? Also, some brands are treated so dried paint won?t flake off, making them ideal for multiple-coat applications. There are others which have special layers that fold and unfold easily to help with working in larger areas without the film getting caught on the tape. All films will mold well in corners and other strange shapes since they are thin and supple. They will stay in place due to their static cling feature, even if there is wind.

Using your tool to its full potential can make all the difference in getting through your project in a timely manner. Using it with plastic or film instead of paper can really boost your project to the next level. Watch this video to see how they work in action.

Masking for You

Regardless of which way you decide to go about masking for your project, it will still take up some of your valuable time. That?s why we recommend contacting us to do it all for you! Pro Painters has loads of experience with Houston interior painting so we can finish up your job at a super quick pace and you can get on with enjoying other things in your life. Reach out to us whenever you need us!

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Eddie Shekari

Eddie founded Pro Painters in 1995 to meet the growing need for high-quality residential and commercial painting needs in Houston. In nearly 20 years, Pro Painters has exponentially grown our client base, serving residents across the greater Houston area. Our core principles have helped us achieve the highest standard of workmanship and customer satisfaction. Our years of experience have allowed us to become an extension to our customers as the all-in-one solution for home makeovers.