Masking up before spray painting

June 30th, 2020

Brewers Decorator Centres have all the essential tools and materials to complete any decorating job to an exceptional standard, and understand that the key to the best finish is very important and the first step towards this is in the preparation.

When undertaking any decorating there is an element of masking and sheeting up. Masking can be time consuming and appear a pointless activity but it all helps towards delivering that all important professional finish. 

When undertaking any decorating there is an element of masking and sheeting up.

‘Spray is at the cutting edge of decorating technology and produces spectacular results.’

Graham Gair
Spraystore Manager

When it comes to spray painting it is normal to allow double your usual masking time, the more confident and competent you become with spray, the amount you have to mask will reduce. The type of spray system can also affect the amount of masking you have to undertake.

 HVLP machines such as the Graco Turboforce HVLP 7.0 110V which is ideal for interior trim and cupboard doors or the Wagner FC9900 Turbine Spray System which has an outstanding fine spray pattern ideal for water-based paints, produce less “overspray”. This would mean you don’t need to mask as much as when using an airless spray system, such as the Graco Classic 390 Airless Sprayer - an extremely lightweight machine perfect for covering large wall areas.

The secret to masking when spraying is to do all the masking before starting the job. When applying paint by brush and roller, most decorators tend to mask as they go. When using a sprayer, you ideally would have everything masked so when you start spraying, you don’t have to stop until the work is finished. This may mean spending a couple of hours, or even a whole morning masking but after lunch you will be able to mist coat and finish the ceilings of an average 4 bed house in around 2 hours.

Masking films are available in a range of sizes and great for covering large areas.

Take time to mask up both internal and external jobs.
Take time to mask up both internal and external jobs.

Brewers and Spraystore have a range of products to speed up and simplify the masking process, such as:

3M Masking Film

3M Masking Film which is ideal for protecting floors and furniture from accidental paint splashes. Pre-folded, high density and non-porous, the 3M Masking Film offers great overspray protection and is flake resistant for multiple coat use.

Masking films are available in a range of sizes and are great for covering larger areas, window and door reveals. The film is statically charged so it clings to surfaces and doesn’t flap around like normal plastic; it also has a special coating that, should it be coated with paint, will resist cracking and peeling when removing which will help the cleaning up process. 

Taking time to mask up gives an outstanding finish and completes the job to the highest standard.

Tesa Easy Cover

Tesa Easy Cover is a masking tape and protective film all in one which offers fantastic protection for larger areas and objects. Tesa Easy Cover also comes with the added benefit that it offers up to 7 days indoor use residue-free removal.

Tesa 7 Day Masking Tape

Tesa 7 Day Masking Tape is perfect for all internal painting jobs, ensures sharp paint edges and offers up to 7 days indoor use residue-free removal.

In taking time to mask up the area properly before spray painting it will not only protect against splashes or drips, but also give an outstanding finish to complete the job to the highest standard.

For more information on the spray paint revolution pop in to your local Brewers Decorator Centre, or discover the vast selection of spray machines and accessories available on the Spraystore website.