Our Masking & Coverying Up Process
Gardens, Shrubs, and Sidewalks
We use a hefty drop cloth with rubber backing, which prevents paint from coming through.
Fences and Decks
If your deck is made of wood, drop cloths should start a short distance (e.g., 3 inches) from the house’s outer wall. We apply masking paper to the wall-adjacent edge using a machine loaded with broad tape. Handrails and fences affixed to the building should receive the same treatment.Skipping the masking step sentences your fence and/or deck to one of two fates: being sanded and refinished, or being painted.
We can mask an exterior wall more or less the way you would an indoor one. The main difference is that painter’s tape doesn’t stick to some outdoor surfaces, like brick, especially if they aren’t completely clean. It’s easier to put tape on a finished wall; masking on the trickier surfaces may have to be done more deliberately — and manually.
Doors and Windows
Both kinds of portals should be masked completely on the outside. Keep the masking material firmly attached around each door and window, without gaps.
Exterior Features (Lights, Meters, etc.
Most of the things that protrude from an outside wall can be covered in plastic, with painter’s tape as the adhesive. Even trash bags can do the job. Just make sure to match the bag’s proportions to those of the feature you’re masking.Painting meters, valves, and the like isn’t the usual practice, so they tend to be masked.
We diouble layer the group with plastic then use paint sheets over the plastic for two layers of protection