How to Protect Surfaces Using a Hand Masker

Spilled paint on your carpets and surfaces can be incredibly difficult to rectify so ensuring you have protected your surfaces before you start painting is essential. This can be easily done with a few items at your disposal including dust sheets, surface protectors, and masking paper and tape.

In this blog, we explore some of the most useful and effective ways of protecting carpets, doors, windows, and other surfaces and why investing in a hand masker can save you a lot of time when painting.

What masking products are available?

There are a variety of different options for protecting your space when panting. We’ve got it covered whatever the job.

Window protection: windows can often be forgotten when it comes to painting but protecting them beforehand means you won’t be spending hours removing unwanted paint splatters. Masking film is a good option, it clings to the window meaning it is easy to apply and, once removed, it won’t leave any residue.

Surface protection: there are multiple options when it comes to protecting your surfaces with the go-to options usually being either masking paper or masking film. Whichever you go for, a hand masker will allow you to apply these protectors in place with ease and security.

Floor protection: a drop cloth is a better option for any flooring you need to protect as it needs to withstand dirty feet as well as paint splashes. Consider a canvas drop cloth for extra durability and protection.

Protecting light fittings: light fittings are all too often overlooked when it comes to painting jobs and can be left looking messy if left unprotected. Try tape or masking film to ensure your lamps and light fixtures and switches don’t get ruined by paint.

What is a hand masker?

Getting all of your surfaces covered up with masking paper can be laborious and when you’re trying to work with miles of tape it can get fiddly. This is where a hand masker comes in! A hand masker is a dispenser that holds and distributes mask paper with ease on your surfaces.

Instead of measuring and cutting your paper to size, you can use a hand masker to direct the masking paper straight onto the surface you’re protecting. It is then easily dispensed as the blade cuts the paper with ease.

With a hand masker in your repertoire, you can cut the preparation time before painting in half.

How to use a hand masker

Start protecting your surfaces with a hand masker by following these 3 easy-to-follow instructions:

  1. Load the hand masker: The first thing you need to do is load the hand masker with your paper or film. This is easily snapped into place in the designated area and then can be adjusted to meet your required paper width. It needs to be loaded so that it pulls from the top of the roll. Always ensure the blade guard is in place when using the hand masker to protect your fingers.
  2. Apply the hand masker to your surface: The next stage is the fun part. Simply roll your hand masker dispenser across your surface until you have the coverage required.
  3. Apply the blade to cut the paper to size: All that is left to do is simply cut the paper to the required length by activating the blade. Grab your painter’s tape and stick the paper in place to secure.

Removing your masking paper

Once you’ve finished your paint job make sure you take care when removing your masking paper and tape. The paint needs to be 100% dry before you start to remove in order to avoid the spills you’ve been trying to avoid.

Using a hand masker makes protecting your surfaces a breeze when it comes to painting. It allows you to protect your surfaces, windows, and fittings efficiently and securely whilst also ensuring a high-quality finish on your paint job.

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