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  • Writer's pictureDavid Linton

Masking 101: A Step-by-Step Guide for a Perfect Bathroom Paint Job

Hey y'all, it's your favorite cowboy painter, Davy Montana here! If you're planning on giving your bathroom a fresh coat of paint, then listen up, because I'm about to share some pro tips on what to mask off.


First things first, we gotta protect that floor from any drips or splatters. Now, I usually go with a trusty ol' drop cloth for this job. Simply lay it across the entire floor, tucking it in along the baseboards to create a barrier. If you really want to be safe, lay down a few layers of newspaper or plastic on top of the drop cloth. Isn't it better to be safe than sorry?

Sinks and counters

Next up, let's talk about those countertops and sinks. Because these surfaces can be difficult to paint, it's critical to mask them properly. Begin by creating a barrier along the edges of the counter and sink with high-quality masking tape. Then, use masking paper to cover the rest of the surface. Nobody wants a bumpy paint job, so make sure to smooth out any wrinkles or creases.


Now, I don't know about y'all, but I sure as shootin' don't want any paint splatters on my toilet seat. So, before you begin painting, mask off the bowl and seat. For this task, you can use a combination of masking tape and paper. Simply tuck the paper beneath the seat to create a complete barrier. If you're feeling extra cautious (which is understandable when it comes to painting a bathroom), you can always remove the seat and bowl entirely.


It's not uncommon for paint to drip down the sides of a window while you're working, so protect the sills and any glass surfaces. For this job, use high-quality masking tape and press down firmly along the edges to create a tight seal. If you're feeling particularly fancy, you can even remove the window panes entirely. Just be careful how you handle them, because we all know how fragile they can be.

Outlets and light fixtures

Another area where paint can easily find its way onto unintended surfaces is light fixtures and outlets. Masking tape or painter's putty can be used to protect these areas. Although masking tape is a quick and easy solution, it may not provide the same level of protection as putty. Painter's putty is a pliable material that you can use to create a barrier around the edges of the fixtures and outlets. Simply smooth it out and remove any excess before you begin painting.


When painting around door handles, faucets, or other hardware, remove them or cover them with masking tape. This will keep paint from getting on them and make achieving a smooth, professional-looking finish easier. Just keep track of any screws or small parts, because we all know how easy it is to misplace them.

Finally, masking is an important step in the painting process, especially when it comes to painting a bathroom. You'll be well on your way to a beautiful, blemish-free paint job if you take the time to mask off floors, countertops, sinks, toilet, windows, light fixtures, outlets, and hardware. So saddle up and ride.

Keep on painting, my friends! Always use high-quality masking tape and paper, and take your time carefully masking off all the areas you don't want to paint. Believe me, it will be worth it in the end when you have a bathroom that looks brand new.

And hey, if you're ever in a jam and don't know what to mask off, just ask yourself, "What would Davy Montana do?" I promise it will point you in the right direction. Have fun painting!

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