Protecting your electronics during house painting
We all want a spacious place to work on. We have more freedom to move back and forth. But if the room is too small and there is no other place to stack up the electronics and appliances when you have to paint your room don’t worry there are several ways for you to work without worrying that you might damage the things inside the room. Having clean and well taken care electronics adds to the home value. I mean who wants to see a television that has a lot of paint drips on it? Or cook using an oven that has a lot of paint stains on it? As much as possible we all want good looking and clean electronics. A cleaner home makes us feel more comfortable, safe and relaxed. We paint our houses to make our homes beautiful and presentable not to mess up the stuffs inside the house. Even how careful you are, sometimes we can’t still avoid paint to drip over our electronics. Yes, interior painting is considered as a great DIY or do-it-yourself project, but it comes with a lot of risks when you have to do it alone. Amateur painting can easily be determined because you can easily spot paint spatter, molted colors or missed spots behind and most of all higher chance of messing up things inside the house. Learning how to do masking and preparing the room before painting will be helpful. Now let’s talk about some steps that you should follow before dipping that roller and it help you save your electronics from mess.
Remove Cover Plates, Then Tape Over Switches and Outlets
Switches and outlets are very important parts of our electronics. Removing the cover plates won’t take too much of your time. A little effort can means so much when you can save your switches and outlets from messing them up. It makes your job faster and cleaner. But wait! Remember these two includes tiny parts such as screws please keep in mind that you should have something to hold them up such as a small bucket so it’s easier for you to look for the covers and screws when you need to put them back. Now cover the switches and outlets using painter’s tape. The thermostat is one exception, it’s easier to wrap it with masking tape than to remove and re-install it.
Mask Off Sensitive Wiring and Tuck it in the Box
Even just a little paint in the wrong place can already cripple the connections that goes through your phone, TV or computers. You can still protect your phone jack without disconnecting all those tiny wires, just unscrew the face plate and cover the front with painter’s tape or you can also use masking tape. You also need to mask the terminals on the back of the plate then slip the plate into the junction box. Disconnect coaxial cable from its plate and tape the cable’s connector.
Temporary Hanging Wires - Hang and Bag Light Fixtures
Painting a ceiling is just easy except for one, the light fixture. Here are few steps to get it out of your way. First remove all the glass parts, including the light bulbs but make sure that they are all switched off. Then loosen up the fixture, usually by removing a couple of screws. Next hook one end of the wire through the fixture and the other to the junction box. Make sure that your hang the wire and not the electrical wire supports the fixture. Then slip a plastic bag over the fixture.
Protecting chandeliers and pendants is even easier. The decorative plate at the ceiling is usually held up by a ring nut. All you have to do is unscrew the nut and the plate will just slide down over the chain or tube. No need for you to support the fixture with wire.
Seal Off With Plastic
Since your electronics and appliances are very exquisite piece of work that you are very proud of, you need to cover up the same during a painting project. When applying paint on your interior walls, it’s natural that some paints may drop on your electronics and appliances. After all, the best painter in the world can make a mistake. Therefore, a good and responsible painter should always cover the floors, electronics and appliances while painting your home.
Let’s say you don’t have enough space outside to stack up your appliances. It’s kinda hard to move if your space is limited but what if you can’t do anything but work on you interior painting project with all the appliances inside. You don’t want to mess them up or make another colorful artwork out of your television or other appliances. Don’t worry we can simply seal them off with plastic and deal with the space problem later. You can also protect your furniture from paint drips by doing the same thing.
You can definitely use plastic wrap instead of masking tape to to protect those big, round, and curvy appliances that seems to be hard to mask off. This is known as the fast and easy way of protecting not just appliances but also furniture from paint drips. If you are having a hard time getting that tight fit when wrapping you can use a masking tape to secure the stuff on, but usually plastic wrap gets stretched tight and will hold just fine. Easy to wrap and it’s easier to remove you are done with your painting project and ready to arrange and give your room that final touch you can just simply cut off the plastic wrap with a pair of scissors.
One more important tip especially for those who doesn’t have space outside or can’t temporarily rent a storage to stack up their appliances and furniture. At the same time there are also some stuffs that will not fit into the doorway or it is too heavy to move out. Pull them over to the center of the room, away from the walls to be painted, and make sure they are well covered with plastic for protection.