A paint shield is designed to reduce the possibility of painting accidents. We all know that the possibility of getting paint on an area that is adjacent to where we are painting is real. We try very hard to have a steady hand and to
not let our paint line weave off to the side, but experts and novices alike have had this happen.
A paint shield is a tool that you use to help you keep your paint where you want it to be. It protects the surface beside where you are painting and reduces the number of “uh-oh” moments you experience.
Choosing The Right Paint Shield
Paint shield is often called:
These tools may be:
- Made of plastic
- They may be short or long
- They may have an aluminum blade
- They may be the common items like a dustpan or the putty knife from your toolbox
- They may be fashioned from a piece of cardboard with a straight edge
All paint shields are designed to be:
- A method of making your work easier
To choose the proper paint shield to use you have to consider the size of the
paint job you are doing.
1. Small jobs can be done effectively with a putty knife or the household dustpan. These jobs include painting around your wall trim. You may have a long area of wall trim but you can move the paint guard with you as you go.
All you really need at this point is to find something with a sharp and straight edge that can be held in place to absorb overspray or to stop you from coloring places you do not wish to color.
2. For slightly larger jobs like when you are painting the siding on your home, you will want to use larger paint shields.
Tip to Use Paint Shield
Using a Paint Shield and a Paint Sprayer
Sometimes you will need an extra set of hands when you are using a paint shield and a
spray painting apparatus. It can be hard to manipulate a larger paint shield
into position and hold your paint sprayer in the other hand.
Whenever you are using a shield and a paint sprayer keep the following suggestions in mind:
Keep the Shield Clean
The paint that the shield is protecting your surfaces from will eventually build-up
and if you are not careful the paint can transfer from the paint shield to the
area you mean to protect.
To avoid this complication:
Frequently Asked Questions
How does a paint shield work?
A paint shield is positioned between the paint spray and an area that you do not want to get paint on. The pain shield covers and protects the area behind it so you can paint without taking as much time and care when going around that portion of the surface.
Is there a tool for cutting in painting?
There are actually tools designed to help you cut paint in around baseboards, ceilings, and more. The tool has small guide wheels and when you place it flat against the edge of the wall the pad that holds the paint will transfer paint onto the wall surface but will get no closer than the guides allow it to. There are also corner shaped tools that help you cut paint into the corners of a room.
How do you use a 12 inch paint shield?
You position the 12” paint shield so that the splatter, paint or overspray from your paint gun will contact the shield and not contact the surface area behind the shield. You have to reposition the shield each time you advance around the room so you can keep providing protection.
You do not have to purchase professional paint shields, but the shields that are specifically designed to protect against paint transfer are more efficient. If you are taking the time to use a shield when you want the job to look right when you are finished, so go ahead and buy a traditional shield to use.
A paint shield is something that you can wash and use over and over again. You can even use these shields when you are trying to draw a straight line and to help you create a straight line when you are applying painters tape to an area.
Simple tools like these can often make the difference between a painting project
looking like a child did the work and looking like you hired a pro to do the job.