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Adhesive masking film: our tips to get a good-looking result

calendar-icon 24 February 2020

Ideal for quickly and easily masking both large and small surfaces whilst creating precise razor-sharp lines, an adhesive masking film is the best partner of a painter.

This kind of masking film is the perfect protection for any surface of the house, but do you know exactly how to use it to achieve the best results?


Our tips to use drop down masking film with tape

Before applying adhesive masking film on any surface, we suggest to pre-tape the borders with masking tape. Even if adhesive masking film already has masking tape in it. Yes, because it makes de-masking a lot easier, pulling off everything very quickly, and it will cling to the surface even easier.

Don’t worry to leave residues or take away paint, because our tapes won’t do it, we promise.

Before continue reading: do you know where you can get adhesive masking film? You can buy it here or find the closest reseller.


Masking windows

Apply tape on borders first (Q1 Precision Line works fine) and make sure to follow the lines without leaving space between the wall and the window.

When it gets to mask corners, the situation is critical. We suggest to overlap on the window sill and cut for a nice sharp clean edge, just like this.

Pro tip: use the piece you cut to fill the gaps on the top corners, the most difficult to reach.

Once you’re done, take your adhesive masking film, place it on the top of your window (make it stick to the masking tape) and unfold the film until you cover it all. Secure it on the bottom and all around with masking tape.

Perfectly covered in a blink of an eye.


Masking doors

The same process can be repeated on doors, both outdoor or indoor.

What about glass panel doors? You only have to think smaller and repeat, repeat, repeat for each section you want to stay clean.

Pre-taped masking paper also works well, you can find it here


Masking kitchen cupboards

If you have to make a restyling of a cabinet, place the masking tape in the sections you don’t need to paint, then place the film on top and unfold, just like the previous examples we gave you.

If you have to protect the whole cupboards, maybe because you have to paint ceiling and walls, start from the very top of your cupboard and unfold the film until you completely protect the furniture. Secure it on the bottom with masking tape.

Watch the whole video tutorial here.


Why choosing tape and drape instead of a plain plastic sheet?

Unlike the most common plastic sheets, this kind of masking film is pre-taped, so you don’t have to spend time to add masking tape and make it stick to the surface you need to protect.

Furthermore, tape and drape are pre-folded, so you can mask even larger surfaces very quickly, without getting stuck.

Q1® Pre Taped Washi Film is the best choice if you are looking for:

  • Something suitable for indoor and outdoor use;
  • Something removable without a trace of adhesive residue for up to six months after use (indoor only);
  • Quick and fast masking;
  • A film that unfolds easily and sticks well to any surface, even large areas.

This adhesive masking film is available in a variety of sizes: 550mm x 33m, perfect for windowsills and skirting boards, a 1400m x 33m option for windows and kitchen cupboards and larger 2100mm x 20m or 2700mm x 16m for doors, walls and cabinetry.


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3590 Q1® Sensitive Surface Masking Tape

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3570 Q1® Delicate Surface Masking Tape

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3560 Q1® Precision Line Masking Tape

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