Paint Shield eliminates need for time-consuming masking tape.

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Available in switch and standard outlet version, IDEAL Mess-X(TM) snap-on paint shield prevents drips or overspray from tarnishing decorative switches or outlets to result in clean professional finish. Shield snaps into any standard outlet box and also works in side-by-side, multi-gang installations. Manufactured from durable, washable plastic, product is completely reusable and environmentally friendly.

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IDEAL Mess-X(TM) Paint Shields Eliminate Need for Time-Consuming Masking Tape

New snap-on covers keep painting from being a messy brush with disaster

SYCAMORE, IL, March 4, 2009 - For many contractors, the worst part of interior painting is the prep work, especially taping around the tight edges of light switches, electrical outlets and GFCI's. Next time, they can leave the blue masking tape at the store and pick up new IDEAL Mess-X(TM) snap-on paint shields.

Simple to use and time-saving, IDEAL Mess-X shields prevent drips or overspray from tarnishing decorative switches or outlets to result in a clean professional finish. The shields snap into any standard outlet box plus they will work in side-by-side, multi-gang installations. Once the paint is dry, the shields lift out leaving behind only crisp paint lines.

In addition, because IDEAL Mess-X shields are completely reusable, they are more environmentally friendly than masking tape. There is no waste to dispose of or messy residue left on the walls.

IDEAL Mess-X(TM) paint shields are available in a switch version and a standard outlet version. Both are manufactured from durable, washable plastic. Ten packs and one hundred packs of the covers can be purchased.


IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. has been serving the electrical industry since 1916. IDEAL is one of the world's leading manufacturers of professional quality tools and supplies serving installation professionals in the construction, maintenance, data communications and original equipment manufacturing industries.

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IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., Becker Place, Sycamore, Illinois 60178. Or phone 1-800-435-0705, Fax: 1-800-533-4483. On the web,

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