Make your own tarpaulin for one-time or permanent use

Tarpaulins protect surfaces and objects from paint, scratches, sand, dirt, dust and all other harmful influences. In addition to buying inexpensive painters' foil, there are ways to make them yourself. That suits your own budget and the avoidance of plastic waste. The type of use and the purpose are also decisive.

Areas and objects to be protected

Basically, tarpaulins can be divided into two groups. During construction, painting and renovation work is used acutely and depending on the occasion. In other cases, they serve as a longer-term protective cover that protects against dust and moisture.

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In both cases it can be decided whether single or multiple use should be possible. For painting work in particular, the one-way variant is often chosen, in which the tarpaulin is disposed of as garbage after the work.

Single or multiple use

As an alternative to purchased new goods, simple usage plans can be put together from many plastic films that occur in everyday life. Typical recyclable sources are:

  • Shopping bags of all kinds
  • Packaging films for large devices
  • Protective films for mattresses, upholstery and other large textile goods

In order to obtain sufficient raw material for self-made tarpaulins, usable foils and plastics should be collected. Normal shopping bag sizes, simply cut open, result in almost a square meter of space. For partial work such as repainting a limited part of the wall, reusable cardboard is sufficient as a tarpaulin.

Thin foils are put together for single use. Thicker and stable foils can be converted into tarpaulins that can be used several times or even permanently.

Assembling the individual parts

Larger films can be glued together from smaller pieces of film such as cut-open shopping bags. The following are suitable as a practical and simple connection option:

  • Spray adhesive that connects the edges with an overlap
  • Double-sided adhesive tape that can also form folds when used multiple times

If thicker and stronger plastic (e.g. mattress covers) is available, the edges can be turned over and glued. The stability of the double plastic layer is then often sufficient to sew the tarpaulin or drive in ring eyelets. This allows a reusable tarpaulin to be attached with rubber bands, cords or cords.

Tips & Tricks After using a reusable tarpaulin, let any paint and mortar (€ 7.79 on Amazon *) residues dry well before you fold the tarpaulin and store it. Plans can be hung up on clotheslines.