The following describes our process for masking a room to prepare walls for interior painting. Every project is different but we’ve outlined below a general guideline to ensure your project will go smoothly.
We’ve created a material list, a step by step guide and a quiz to test your knowledge.
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Please refer to service standards post for instructions on how to communicate with a client and organize for a job.
2. Room Preparation
- Organize Equipment – Place equipment over drop cloth in the area designated by the homeowner. This questions should have been asked during the pre-arrival.
- Organize furniture – Assuming you are only painting the walls, items in the room should ideally be moved to a different room of the home. If that is not possible, place items in the center of the room leaving at least 3-4 ft of space so you can lay drop clothes and operate a paint roller if extension.
- Cover room items – Any items that remain in the room should be covered with .31 mil plastic.
- Remove light covers – All light covers and vents should be removed and organized. We like to use a Makita drill and impact set but you can easily use a hand crew driver for switch plates and vents.
- Lay down drop sheets – Cover carpet or hardwood with canvas drop sheets to protect flooring.
3. Next Steps
- Drywall Repairs
- Cutting and Straight Lines
- Rolling walls
- Apply Final Coat
- Project Closeout