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Spray painting is modern and one of the most popular methods of painting. To attain a quick, even, and smooth finish, you can use a spray painting method to paint your house. Not only the walls of your house, but you can also use this technique to paint different types of materials including DIY projects. In this painting technique, liquid paint is filled in aerosol cans that have a button on the top. When pressing the button, the paint sprays out that helps you paint the walls evenly.

With better techniques comes increased levels of safety and caution. Highly professional painters may use the spray directly on the walls without much set-up. However, if you want a flawless finish without any ifs and buts, you can follow simple safety measures to ensure the painting is done in the right way. 

One such measure is masking your house before spray painting. Masking refers to covering those areas of your house before spray painting that you do not want to paint. It is very important to mask your house in the right way in order to attain the desired results after spray painting. Let’s understand how you can mask-up your house.

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Process of masking up your house before spray painting

In the masking process, mostly these are the windows, doors, and vents that are required to be covered. Below-mentioned are some easy-to-follow steps to help you ease the task of masking up your house before spray painting. 

Spray painting, a smart choice

Spray painting is becoming extremely popular due to several reasons. These include:

  • Spray paint takes very little time as compared to traditional methods of painting
  • Spray painting gives a better and even finish in the least possible time
  • Using simple materials like masking tape and drop cloths, you can easily perform the task of spray painting
  • The drying time of spray paint is much faster than that done with a paintbrush

Let us take a look at some of the pros of using this smart method, spray painting, to give your house splashes of a new hue.

Dos and Don’ts of masking your house before spray painting

  • The very first and basic step is to properly analyze and inspect your house to figure out which areas are to be kept aloof from spraying. It helps you decide what needs to be covered.
  • In the next step, make sure you keep with you all the tools and equipment that you will need during spray painting.
  • Switch off all the electric appliances before masking them up for safety purposes.
  • Make sure you remove all the dust and debris from windows, doors, vents, and all other areas that you wish to cover before spray painting.
  • Make sure you apply a straight line of masking tape in order to achieve a clean finish after you remove them.
  • You can use brown paper or drop cloths to cover the area and stick its edges using masking tape to achieve best results.
  • Do not use newspapers as it may fail in protecting the area properly.
  • While masking up your house, if there are chances of bad weather with wind, you can make a small hole in the middle of the drop cloth of brown paper, whichever is used. It avoids the flapping of the paper and maybe ruining the whole mask.
  • Make sure you remove the masks within 3 days of painting or the tapes may leave marks behind. However, you can also clean the marks using vinegar, white spirit, or window cleaner.
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masking up the house before painting

Masking up the house before spray painting

After finalizing the area that needs to be covered and cleaning those areas, you are all set to mask up those areas and then kickstart your spray painting task. Here’s how you can do it:

  • Measure the area of your windows, doors, and vents, and cut out the brown paper or drop cloths accordingly. Leave some margins in order to stick the masking tape.
  • When you use the masking tape, make sure you stick it in a straight line or when you remove it, you may find a tilted line of paint.
  • When masking up the windows, you can cover the whole window and tape it up as there will not be any urgent requirement of using the window before the process is finished.
  • When masking up the doors, do not cover it like windows as you may require to use them, especially if spraying takes more than a day.
  • For doors, you can measure both sides of the door and the doorstep and cover them using brown paper. Stick it with the use of masking tape. This way, the door will still remain operational. For doorbells, handles, and knockers, you can directly use the masking tape to cover them completely.
  • The easiest ones to mask up are the pipes and gutters. You only have to measure the area, cut the paper accordingly, and secure it with masking tape.
  • For masking up the brickworks, you can use tarpaulin sheets and secure it with good-quality tapes.
  • If you also have some metal objects to cover, you can cover them easily using kitchen foil. As they are easy to use as cover, you won’t have to work hard to cover them. Take them off when done with painting.
  • After following all these procedures, your house is all set to be painted using spray tools.

Spray painting is an easy method and quite effective and satisfactory. You can use different types of sprays to paint your house like high-heat, high-gloss, enamel, epoxy, frosted, etc.  After spraying the walls of your choice, you can easily remove the masking tapes and the papers used to mask up the areas.