How to Protect Glass when Painting

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One of the easiest ways to redecorate or freshen up a room is to paint. With the wide range of color choices available, a room can undergo an amazing transformation in just a short period of time. However, in most cases, a room to be painted has windows, which means the trim and frame must also be painted. Protecting the glass in a window easy and, with a little time and practice, can save you hours of scraping and cleaning paint later.

Things You'll Need

  • Blue painter's tape Large pieces of paper Painting edger (optional) Small spackle knife Glass cleaner / towels
  • Clean the window. It's always best to work with a clean window surface. Make sure the window is clean and dry before beginning to mask off the window.

  • Cut a large piece of paper to fit the window. You also can use multiple layers of newspaper for this step. The paper must fit the inside surface of the window, leaving only a small space---less than 1/4 inch---on each side of the window so that the tape will adhere.

  • Cut a small piece of painter's tape. Place the paper on the window and use the small tape to hold it temporarily in place. Starting at one corner of the window, place the tape on the window and paper as tight to the edge as possible. Make sure you do not cover any part of the window molding. Continue until all edges are complete.

  • Verify that the tape is stuck tightly to the window by running the small spackle knife over the edge, being careful not to tear the tape. Once complete, you can begin to paint. To further protect the window, you can use a paint edger that will fit into the edge of the window and allow you to paint over it. Since the paint may seep past the edger, it's recommended that you cover the window even if you're going to be using the edger.

  • Carefully remove tape after painting is complete. Gently pull one section of tape off the window and lift both the paper and tape away from the window straight back. The window should be clean of paint.

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