To protect a workbench top from paint or stain splatter, mount a pair of outside roller shade hangers on the bench end. When you’re ready to paint, simply unroll the shade, catch the end in your vise, and go ahead and make a mess. After the paint dries, the shade rolls right back up and is out of your way. Your shade should be about the width of your bench. When the shade gets too messy, simply replace it. They’re pretty cheap at the local department store.
-Robert O. Wendel
Marlboro, New Jersey