So you want to get rid of those patchy walls without damaging your furniture edges, shingles or unwanted areas? Well, if you are going to bother painting it yourself instead of hiring it out, I bet it’s a topic you’d find interesting. Read on to know effective ways of using a ‘paint shield’ to mask those areas and get a smooth texture.
A paint shield is an essential protective tool for doing paint jobs. It’s held along the trim while painting. It can be reused, which makes it environmental friendly.
These tips will help you paint straight edges and avoid splattering which will help in improving the quality and saving your precious time.
Use a Drywall Knife instead
- You don’t need to be a pro or buy any specialized tool to be one. A basic wide blade drywall knife will help you work steadier, neater and faster. A drywall knife makes a good, easy to use paint shieldwhen painting adjoining surfaces with different colored paint.
- Simply hold the knife firmly against one surface while paintingthe adjacent surface. As you pull the brush with one hand, follow along with the knife in the other. Then remove the drywall knife, wipe off any paint on it with a damp cloth, position it further down, and repeat. This is much more durable than a regular shield.
- Specifications:Since drywall knives come in different sizes and lengths, use a 6inch or 8inch knife is ideal for smaller objects. When you’re painting next to moldings or ceilings and or in the vicinity of doors and windows a 12inch broad knife will make an excellent shield.
Make use of those cardboard scraps
- If you only want to paint a certain part of the house such as the exterior then using cardboard shields is the best low-key substitute to expensive metal and plastic spray shields.
- Another professional way to use cardboard shield is to slip them above a metal flashing and below the shingles two inches deep. Also, overlap each end of the cardboard about 2 inches to keep paint from bleeding between them.
- To make the process more effective, using more number of cardboards (as many as available to slide in) is recommended.
- Specifications:Cardboard paint shields can be commonly found at hardware stores (or even if you look through your kid’s science project materials lists).
Ranging from 10’x30’ to 12’x 36’always remember the key rule of moving from top to bottom when using a cardboard shield to paint since you don’t want to ruin the lower edges of the wall.
Acute or obtuse but never perpendicular
- The key rule to avoiding unnecessary patches or wavy lines is to make sure the edge of the shield is always at a certain suitable angle. In case of painting the ceiling the concerned angle shall be downwards to prevent the edges of the walls to be destroyed from the paint and look hideous. On the other hand, when you are painting a wall make sure to tilt the shield upwards to prevent the ceiling from getting unnecessary paint marks.
- The shield will help accumulate the paint building on to the shield and in the process will help you create a fine surface.
Keep it Clean
- Go back to the roots and remember in middle days when you were taught how to get the perfect paint job done. The thumb rule was to regularly clean the brushes in water (and then also replace the dirty water at regular intervals). Well it’s the same rule that applies here except that this time you are going to paint a real house not landscapes. So make sure to either clean it off with water or wipe it with a piece of cloth.
: if you cover the edge of that little shield with tin foil, you won’t have to clean it up every time you are done.
Using a spray gun
- Using paint shields in the context of spray guns is crucial since it requires proper technique in order to not damage the area to be protected.
- The sprayer should be held about 5-10inches from the surface.Make sure to point the gun inwards towards the surface to be painted otherwise the shield might catch paint and damage the surface.
You have to be really firm and steady with the spray gun. Move the spray gun parallel to the surface in sweeping up and down motion. An easier way is sidewise i.e. left to right or vice versa.
If you are new to this type of painting (which you probably are), Please practice the swinging motion, before you mess it up. This will help you in getting the sense of balance and weight. Also, some moistened paper towels should be kept handy to clean your mistakes.
Edges are vital
- It is better to avoid aiming for the wall edges to be prefect since even if you are holding it hanging across the corner; it is likely to get onto the walls, floor or the ceiling. So it is recommended to stop painting close to the edges to get a neat finish and not let the over ambitious painter inside you ruin all the hard work.
Also make sure that even though you are using the shield as a protection surface, even it has to maintain a certain distance from your painting device. (Say 2-3”). This is to ensure that you do not accidently spray off the edge.
These are a few effective tips and techniques to keep in mind before taking on the massive responsibility of painting a part of your house yourself. Well, we all have that little crafty kid in us so go ahead pick up that brush (and the shield, of course) and get going.
Finding the right answer to this important question that is
How to use a paint shield
is essential as it will help you in achieving incredible results.