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renovate-painter-working-painting-deleteHow to Use Masking Film

The Uses and Application of Masking Film

Difficulty: Easy

Masking film is a lightweight temporary protection film that clings statically to your surface to make sure your workspace keeps tidy and mess-free. These films apply easily and stay in place, as well as allowing light in when placed over a window. The static also means the film won't shift from its place while you work. Overall, these masks are perfect for getting a clean edge and protected surface.


Choosing the Right Type of Masking Film

There are two main types of masking film, pre-taped and non-taped. Pre-taped is good when you need a straight line when painting, it's also ideal for when the film is hanging vertically as the taped edges help to keep the film from slipping. Masking film without tape is great for when you need to cut a size that isn't pre-made so you can tape your own edges.


Choosing the right size of a masking film is also very important. You want to make sure you measure the area you want to cover and get the closest possible size. This makes the process a whole lot easier and could save you time and money. Getting is a size too big is a hassle as you need to cut off the excess and tape it down, but getting a size too small can result in exposed areas and uneven lines.


Application of Masking Film

Masking Film is generally recommended for covering larger areas, as if you only have a small area to cover newspaper is the traditional go-to, but masking film makes the job a lot easier with large areas. You can use masking film with both spray and brush application so it is very versatile, but a lot of people don't know that you can also use masking film when sanding. This is because the static charge on the film attracts the sanding particles and keeps them in place, making cleaning up a breeze.


Masking film is appropriate for surfaces all over the car or house. For use on walls or panels, simply use the adhesive strip (or masking tape if you are using non taped) along the top of the area to be masked and fold the film out downwards until the area is covered.


It's also really useful on doors and windows as it sticks very well to glass. Just run the adhesive down the two sides. If there is overlap from another piece of film you may want to tape between these two as well.


Floors also benefit from the use of masking film due to protection against spills and stains. Place the film over your floor and stick down the four corners. It is quite common to lay masking film down in a garage before driving the car onto the film. Doing this will also help prevent oil and other liquids staining concrete floors.


Masking Films for You to Try:

3M 400mm Taped Masking Film, 25 m


3M 4m x 150m Low Cost, Economy Clear Masking Film


3M 4m x 50m Clear Masking Film