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April 30, 1968 E. J. WAGNER vWORK ATTACHED PAINT SHIELD Filed Feb. 9, 1967 EATENT AGENT INVENTOR.
sun. J. WAGNER l-llll J Final: MWHV B United States Patent 3,380,435 WORK ATTACHED PAINT SHIELD Emil J. Wagner, San Jose, Calif., Charlotte B. Wagner, surviving spouse of said Emil J. Wagner, deceased Filed Feb. 9, 1967, Ser. No. 614,851 3 Claims. (Cl. 118-505) ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A paint shield for wall baseboards or similar structures which includes an elongated plate together with holding elements for releasably attaching the plate to the baseboard.
The present invention relates generally to painters implements and more particularly to a paint shield which affords protection against the dripping or otherwise unwanted application of paint to surfaces neighboring a surface being painted.
When a wall is being painted, particularly with a roller, some inadvertent dripping of the paint occurs and although the fioor thereunder can be quite readily protected by a so-called drop cloth," no effective protection for other structures such as a conventional baseboard is provided. Furthermore, regardless of the inadvertent dripping of the paint, it becomes diflicult, particularly when a roller is being used for the application of paint, to cover the lower portions of the wall surface without, at the same time, inadvertently applying some paint to such baseboard.
To protect structures such as baseboards against the inadvertent application of paint thereto, it is the general object of the present invention to provide a paint shield which can be removably applied to protect such structures during a painting operation.
More particularly, it is a feature of the invention to provide a paint shield which constitutes a simple structure and one which can be easily applied to protect a baseboard or other surface from the unwanted application of paint.
It is a further feature of the invention to provide a paint shield which can be releasably supported so that not only can it be readily installed or removed, but can also be shifted in its position to function as a protective device for a series of adjacent areas.
Yet more specifically, it is a feature .of the invention to provide releasable holding means which can take various forms, such as a spring mechanism or a magnetic mechanism of simple form, yet which is readily adaptable to various conventional structures requiring protection against the inadvertent application of paint thereto.
It is yet a further feature of the invention to provide a paint shield which can be utilized not only in connection with the releasable holding means mentioned hereinabove, but also as a manually supported unit that can be employed to assist in a cutting operation to shield, for example, a glass window from the inadvertent application of paint thereto when the window frame is being painted.
These as well as other objects and features of the invention will become more apparent from a perusal of the following description of several embodiments of the invention illustrated in the accompanying drawing wherein:
FIG. 1 is a fragmentary elevational view of a paint shield embodying the present invention, portions of the structure being broken away to illustrate details thereof,
FIG. 2 is a transverse sectional view taken along line 2--2 of FIG. 1 illustrating additional details of such structure,
FIG. 3 is a fragmentary perspective view of a modified form of the invention utilizing an alternative holding means,
FIG. 4 is a transverse sectional view taken along line 4-4 of FIG. 3,
FIG. 5 is a perspective view similar to FIG. 3 showing yet a further modified form of holding means, and
FIG. 6 is a sectional view taken along line 6--6 of FIGS.
With initial reference to FIGS. 1 and 2, a conventional baseboard B at the lower extremity of a wall section W is illustrated to provide an exemplary locus for effective utilization for a paint shield embodying the invention.
The paint shield, illustrated in operative protecting disposition on the adjoining baseboard B and wall W to protect the former from the inadvertent application of paint thereto when the wall, itself, is being painted, includes an elongated body member 10 of any desired length and preferably formed from an elongated strip of metal'or plastic sheet material having sufiicient rigidity to maintain its operative disposition as illustrated. More particularly, the elongated strip of sheet material is longitudinally bent to form two strip sections 12, 14, preferably defining an acute angle therebetween. One of such strip sections 12, which shall be termed the base section, is adapted to lie flatly against the wall W im mediately above the baseboard B, as best illustrated in FIG. 2, and the other strip section 14, which shall be termed the shield section, projects outwardly and downwardly from the upper edge of the base section in effective covering relationship over the baseboard therebelow. Accordingly, any paint drippings falling downwardly from a position adjacent the wall W above such shield section 14 will be caught thereby and cannot find their way onto the baseboard B. Furthermore, because of the acute angular relationship between the base section 12 and the shield section 14, paint applied to the wall section W either by roller or brush can be applied completely down to the shield without any possibility of inadvertent application of paint to the baseboard. Preferably, as clearly illustrated in FIG. 2, the lower extremity of the base section 12 of the body member 10 is provided with a substantially rectangular flange 16 which assists in the mounting of the shield adjacent the baseboard B in cooperation with releasable holding means for the unit to be described immediately hereinafter.
As specifically illustrated in FIGS. 1 and 2, such holding means takes the form of a thin, flat mounting plate 20 having a pair of integral triangular securing members 22 projecting downwardly from one extremity of the plate, such members 22 being adapted to enter the narrow slot between the baseboard B and the adjoining wall section W as shown in FIG. 2, thus to support the integral plate in an outwardly-projecting, substantially horizontal disposition. A holding member 24, preferably in the form of a rectangular section of rigid wire, is pivotally supported above the upper surface of the mounting plate 20 in suitable brackets 26 and its upper free end is urged resiliently towards the wall section W and the base section 12 of an elongated body member 10 positioned thereagainst by a conventional torsion spring 28 operatively interconnected between the wire holding member 24 and the mounting plate 20. More particularly, if the rectangular flange 16 at the lower extremity of the base section 12 of the body member is positioned on the upper surface of the mounting plate 20, the holding member 24 engages such base section 12 of the body member at a position closely adjacent its juncture with the shield section 14, as clearly illustrated in FIG. 2, thus to provide a resilient holding means for releasably holding the body member 10 in its illustrated protective disposition, but at the same time readily permitting the body member to be shifted longitudinally for protection of another section of the baseboard B. Preferably, as illustrated, a retaining bar 30 is connected between the upper end of the holding member 24 and the mounting plate 20 to preclude complete collapse of the holding member under the urgency of the torsion spring 28, this arrangement facilitating placement of the holding means against the body member 10 or subsequent removal thereof when the unit is to be dismantled. It may be particularly noted that the illustrated holding member 24 has a considerable lateral extent and, as a consequence, can be utilized at the juncture between longitudinally abutting body members 10 to hold the abutting ends of both body members in the illustrated protective dispositions.
Afer the paint shield has been installed in the manner illustrated, the painting of the wall W thereabove can proceed without fear of any paint dripping or otherwise being applied to the baseboard B. It will be observed that a section of the wall W immediately above the baseboard B, and more particularly that underlying the base section 12 will not be painted and subsequent to the removal of the paint shield, the body member 10 can then be employed as a manually-supported implement to assist in the remaining cutting operation usually performed with a brush to cover the remainder of the now exposed wall section W immediately above the baseboard B. More particularly, the free end of the shield section 14 is positioned at the juncture of the baseboard B and the wall W while the paint is applied with the brush, thus again to function as a shield and preclude the application of paint to the baseboard.
It will be apparent that the described structure can be somewhat modified without departing from the spirit of the present invention and, as one example, in FIGS. 3 and 4, a body member 10 identical to that disclosed in. the first embodiment of the invention is utilized with an alternate form of holding means basically in the form of a leaf spring 32 which is arranged to engage the base section 12 of the properly positioned body member when pointed securin-g members 34 integrally formed with the leaf spring 32 are pushed into the slot formed between the baseboard B and the adjacent wall section W. This modified holding means also permits longitudinal sliding motion of the body member 10 and easy installation or removal of the entire unit from its protective disposition.
As yet a further modified embodiment of the invention, a magnetic holding means can be utilized with a body member of slightly variant form, as shown in FIGS. 5 and 6. More particularly, a generally rectangular magnet 36 is attached to a securing member 38 in the form of a downwardly-projecting pin which can be inserted in the slot formed between the baseboard B and the wall section W and an elongated body member 10' of slightly variant form and composed of fer-ro-magnetic material, such as steel, can then be releasably positioned adjacent the magnet 36. Since the magnet 36 does occupy certain space, the base section 12' of the body member 10' is recessed adjacent its lower end so that it may fit over the magnet while retaining the upper portion of the base section flush against the adjoining wall section W so that, in turn, the projecting shield section 14' of the structure provides an effective covering device. In use, substantially the same operational advantages can be achieved.
It will be apparent that other modifications and/or alterations can be made without departing from the spirit of the invention and the foregoing description of three embodiments is to be considered as purely exemplary and not in a limiting sense and the actual scope of the invention is to be indicated only by reference to the appended claims.
What is claimed is:
1. A paint shield device which comprises in combination:
a shield holder adapted for support against a surface to be painted;
said holder including a flanged portion adapted to fit between, and be frictionally retained by, opposed faces of a substrate to be painted whereby a further portion of said holder is supported;
said further portion being configured to extend outwardly of said flanged portion and the substrate to be painted.
an additional portion of said holder extending from said further portion, in direction opposed to, and in effective alignment with, said flanged portion;
said additional portion incorporating means whereby, when the flanged portion is retained by said opposed faces, a shield element may be supported and releasably retained in continuous engagement with said surface to be painted; and
a shield element in assembly with and releasable from said supported and retained holder and in continuous engagement with said surface to be painted.
2. A paint shield device as in claim 1 wherein the means incorporated in said additional portion comprises a spring element adapted to clamp and thereby retain said shield element against the surface to be painted.
3. A paint shield device as in claim 1 wherein said means comprises a permanent magnet and the shield element is of ferro-magnetic material.
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5,156 1910 Great Britain.
MORRIS KAPLAN, Primary Examiner.