Protect Fixtures From Paint With Aluminium Foil

Painting and don't want to get paint on the adjacent fixtures? Real Simple magazine's weblog recommends wrapping door knobs, cabinet pulls, and other fixtures with aluminium foil when painting.

This is a problem that's traditionally solved with masking tape, but foil has some obvious advantages: it will mould to whatever you're painting and stay firmly in place while the paint dries. For a flat surface, I'd be sticking with tape, but for more complex woodwork, foil sounds appealing.

Do you have any other tricks to make painting more efficient? Share them in the comments below. If you're a home decorating noob, check out our top tricks for hassle-free painting.

Aluminum Foil as Fixture Protector [Real Simple]


    Umm, I think you got the first line mixed up 'Painting fixtures and don’t want to get paint on the adjacent wall?'. Shouldn't it be the other way around if you're covering the fixture with foil?

    Having just painted, there is no substitute for taking things off completely (down to things like skirting).

    There is no way you can get anywhere near a 'professional' finish otherwise.

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