When it comes to home improvement, every day is a school day. By learning how to use a paint shield, you’ll find yourself achieving pro-level results with minimal effort.
These simple devices come in all different shapes and sizes — who knew there could be so many types of paint shields? — and most sit around the same price point.
An inexpensive tool, a spray paint shield is a handy addition to your DIY arsenal, but only if you use it correctly.
With that in mind, here we look at how to choose paint shield equipment and products with what advantages applying spray mottle can have over taping over surfaces prior to painting them. But first, what exactly is a spray shield?
- 1 What is a paint shield?
- 2 Difference between taping the surface and the paint shield?
- 3 Which things are to be considered before purchasing a paint shield?
- 4 Which stuff you should get before working with paint?
- 5 How to use a paint shield?
- 6 Now start painting the surface or object…
- 7 Now comes the cleaning process
- 8 FAQ’s
- 9 Summary of How to use a paint shield
What is a paint shield?
A paint shield is used to protect the surface and catch the extra paint which you don’t want to apply on the surface other than you desire or want to. It acts like a painter’s tape and does the same thing and the process is simple just move your brush with it or the sprayer across the area.
Difference between taping the surface and the paint shield?
Now this question might come to your mind as a newbie and as an intermediate paint sprayer. Well, here’s the difference between both of these two things used to protect the surface from paint.
From my experience, I would say that either one of them is as good as the other. They are both equally effective. The difference is that tape is thin and cheap, and the paint shield is thick, and not so cheap.
If you are doing a small to medium-sized project, then the tape is a better option, as you will be able to use it again if you ever want to.
On the other hand, a paint shield will last you the lifetime of your house, so if you are doing a larger project, then a paint shield is the way to go. In terms of durability and efficiency, they are the same.
Which things are to be considered before purchasing a paint shield?
A good paint shield should have the following properties: Ease of installation: You want something that is easy to install and doesn’t require special mounting studs or a specialized toolkit.
Durability: It should be able to withstand multiple drops without falling off or suffering a significant amount of damage.
Price: Last but not least, price is obviously an important consideration when selecting a paint shield. With all that said, I think I would go with the ion Paint Shield.
The ion Paint Shield is made from premium material to withstand drops and is designed to be easy to install. It installs within minutes and is reusable. On top of that, it is made in the USA. For the price, it’s a pretty good deal.
You could make your own paint-guide shield, but to be honest, firstly it is not often worth the hassle and secondly, by the time you have researched designs and located the materials in your workshop – it’s easier and faster to just invest in a ready-made one.
If you’re more of the traditional type, a natural wood shield can really make your masterpiece feel at home.
In which case, make sure it weighs as little as possible so that it won’t tire you out during long sessions but also nothing too heavy or durable. The grip should be leathery yet flexible to fit easily into your hand when covered in paint.
Which stuff you should get before working with paint?
Well, here are some things which you must have in my experience. In order to achieve the best results, you must have these in my opinion.
- A sprayer is a must thing as you know without it nothing can be done
- A Paint shield which I am discussing in this post
- A partner can help you out a little bit
- An extension pole
- A cloth for cleaning and some other purpose
- Protective gear is a must thing. Goggles and a face mask
How to use a paint shield?
Now I am going to explain the method to use a paint shield correctly so that you don’t mess around with other surfaces or objects which you don’t want to paint at all.
Especially a newbie should strictly follow this guide so that he/she doesn’t get disappointed after making a fuss about the project.
Before you start spray painting, evaluate the surface you plan on applying the paint. Take a moment to think about areas with which you’ll want to be cautious and use either a tape shield or lower your spray gun.
Putting your sprayer together, applying to coat appropriately, and ensuring you’re wearing protective gear – are all essential parts to keep in mind when getting a paint job done.
It’s highly advised to get any movable objects out of harm’s way before beginning the task.
Now start painting the surface or object…
Choose the hand you’re more comfortable with and hold the sprayer between that hand and your body. If you need to cover a larger area, you can either have a partner hold the shield or use plasterboard or wood to prop it up at an angle against the wall or baseboard.
Make sure your guide is placed firmly against the surface so that it stays put. Because there are plenty of areas you can paint trim—such as sinks, cupboards, and shower curtains—it’s important that you’re guided by your sprayer properly no matter how big or small your project may be.
Wiping down a projector’s screen with a cloth is one of the easiest and most effective ways to prevent coating build-up and paint transferred from place to place.
To do this, all you have to do is wipe the shield regularly on a cloth. Here are the steps you must take in order for your television or projector to not get all jacked up due to accumulated paint buildup.
Now comes the cleaning process
As with any paint-based job, make sure you clean off your tools after use. When you’re done using your project’s sprayer, clean the overspray shield with soapy water if it’s a water-based coating and you happen to be using a brush. Or, wipe it down with an oil-based material or dedicated paint thinner if you’re using an oil-based one.
Summary of How to use a paint shield
Whether you opt for a plastic paint shield, a metal paint edger, or a cardboard shield holder from Home Depot this tool should definitely be part of your DIY decorating tool kit.
Remember to go at your own pace, press down firmly and clean thoroughly when you are done. This attention to detail will help you achieve those clean lines that make all the difference to your finish.
Now you know how to use a paint shield, there’s no limit to the surfaces you can coat, so crack on and get painting.