Masking Interiors
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  • Plastic drop cloths
  • Newspapers
  • Painter's tape
  • Masking tape
  • Plastic bags (large and small)

Paint drops all over the floor are a hallmark of an unprofessional job. Take the time to mask your interiors thoroughly.

Spread Drop Cloths and Newspapers

Move out of the room what you can, using good lifting techniques, material handling equipment and team lifting as appropriate. Cover the rest. Then use painters tape "the blue or green stuff—masking tape dries out quick and is hard to remove" to attach plastic drops to the floor and woodwork. Cover drops with newspapers. Paint soaks into newspapers. It doesn't dry on a plastic drop cloth—which means you're more likely to track paint around your house, or slip, if you don't spread newspapers.

Tape off Woodwork and Electric Plates

Use painter's tape to protect door, window frames and moldings. Tape off electrical fixtures and cable TV fixtures plates. Use small plastic bags to cover doorknobs.
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