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Tips for preparing a room for painting

Preparing a Room for Painting

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Protect your floors

The tarp that extends from the floor molding will cover a portion of your floor. Now spread additional tarp on the floor and connect it to the first sections. When you finish preparing your room for painting, the whole floor should be covered.

Protect furniture

If you have bulky furniture in the room, leave it where it is and cover it in tarp. The trap should reach all the way down to the floor, where you can connect it with the tarp already protecting the floor, carpet or tile.

As you preparing the room for painting, make sure the tarp lies smoothly on the floor. After all, you don't want to trip as you paint your room.

Protect Electrical Outlets

Some painters like to remove electrical outlet covers when they prepare a room for painting. Alternatively, you can cover the outlets with painter's tape. I like to plug the holes of the outlets with plastic child safety covers (which you can find at home improvement stores).

If you have light fixtures hanging from your ceiling, cover them in tarp only if you plan to paint your ceiling too. But don't you the light while the fixture is covered in tarp, for fear of over heating the plastic and causing a fire.
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Before Painting

When you think you've finished preparing a room for painting, make sure there's enough clear floor space for you to work in (or possibly haul a ladder through).

After Painting

I find that it's easier to peel off the painter's tape when the paint is a little moist. Therefore, I wait about an hour after painting. I know from experience that if you peel the painter's tape right away, paint will drip and spoil your fine painted lines. But if you wait a few hours, the painter's tape will rip without peeling off.

As you peel the painter's tape go slow. Crumple it with the sections of tarp and throw everything in a plastic bag. If you want to recycle the tarp, be sure to peel the tape off and throw it away separately.

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