Mount a roller window shade on one end of your workbench and pull it out for painting projects. Home centers will cut shades to the width you need, so measure your workbench before going to the store.
P.S. It’s a good idea to wipe wet paint off the shade before rolling it back up.
Melamine Workbench Topper
A 4 x 8-ft. sheet of melamine (plastic-coated particleboard) costs about $35 at home centers. Check out our best tips for using melamine.
It used to drive me nuts waiting for my random orbit sander to stop spinning so I could set it down. If I didn’t wait, it would dance around and tumble off my workbench. My solution was to keep a piece of carpet on my bench. I just set the sander on the carpet and let it wiggle quietly to a stop. — Phil Wortford. Here’s another brilliant use for carpet in your workshop.