Choosing the right masking tape.
Author: Tom Williams
There are many different types of masking tapes available in stores these days, almost as many as there are reasons for needing one.
And with so many to choose from, how do we know we have chosen the right one? There are a couple of important things to consider, firstly, how long will the tape need to be on, and what kind of enviromental conditions will it be under? If you were masking up an old table and painting it in the garage, then our 1200 standard paper masking tape would be ok, but if you were painting, or rendering an exterior wall, and it might take a few days to finish, then our 1800 blue cloth masking tape would be the ideal choice.
For high temperature work, such as powder coating, our 1600 green polyester can handle over 200 degrees C, and come away cleanly.
Our 1700 fineline PVC masking tape is used extensively in the marine industry for masking up the hull when applying antifoul paints.
A favourite with home renovators is our 1400 blue tradesman's masking tape. It's popular because you can leave it on for up to 14 days, and still remove it cleanly, and you can even use it outside.
Always remove masking tape as soon as possible to prevent adhesive residue, and to prevent a skin from forming, and then breaking as you remove the tape. Different environmetal conditions such as heat and humidity can affect tape results. Areas to be masked must be clean, free of dust and loose paint, and dry before applying tape. Apply a medium pressure to ensure good contact with the surface.