Best way to Cover Windows When Painting

By Mike Gregory



I have been a decorator for almost 19 years and tend to stick to exterior jobs during the warmer months. I’m a perfectionist and take great care to cover any surface I need to keep clean. I have tried loads of different products and techniques when it comes to protecting windows, doors and other surfaces. I thought I’d take a little bit of time to explain what I think is the best way to cover windows when painting, including the two products you should be using.


The Best Way to Cover a Window


There are two products which stand out for me. The first is Indasa cover roll, which is a blue plastic masking film with adhesive tape at the top. Available online, or from Crown Decorating Centre, as well as other stockists.


There are other “tape and drape” type products, but I feel the Indasa cover roll is great value for money and works well. All you do is roll out the film, sticking the tape along the top of your window. Once you reach the end of your window, simply cut to length and drop the plastic film down to cover the area you aim to protect. Electrostatic energy will hold the film against the window until you have time to tape around the edges.


This is a fantastic product and something I use a great deal. The strength of the tape and electrostatic qualities make it easy to work with, particularly outside.


The other Product I like to use is Masq red painters’ tape from Ciret. Again, you can buy this product online, from any Crown Decorating Centre, or several other suppliers. This is made up of thin washi paper. It is easy to use, stops any paint seepage, can be left down for a prolonged period, is UV resistant and creates very sharp paint edges on your window. This is the perfect masking tape for glass!!


The other reason I like to use this tape on windows is water will not damage it. Normally when you apply tape and it rains, the glue sticks hard and fast. Then you’re always left with a sticky residue on your window, that’s if you can remove the tape at all!!!! You can apply red Masq painters’ tape to a wet window without any issues at all.

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