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The Common Types of Masking Tapes You Should Know About

Most people are wrong to think that masking tape is a generic name for all-purpose tapes available throughout the world. However, the truth is that there are different varieties of masking tapes, and understanding their differences, is essential to choosing the right tape for the right task. Here is a brief look into the various types available:

General purpose masking tape

These are masking tapes designed for a variety of different purposes, and they feature a higher tack level than most of the specialized tapes such as the painter’s tape. For better results, the tape should be used on smooth and non-porous surfaces, such as metals and plastic surfaces. Most of the time, general-purpose masking tape is cheaper, and they are best suited for craft projects like patching holes in paper Mache.

Painter’s Tape

This is a low tack tape, and just as the name suggests, it is designed to be used on painted drywall. Its main function in this arena, is to block the paint from travelling or flowing into any unwanted areas, and it can always be removed smoothly without any effect on the dry paint below it. Most painter’s tape is available in blue or green colors, and it is very easy to identify.

For best results when using these tapes, they should be removed as soon as possible after the painting is over, and usually not more than 12 hours following application. If you leave it for longer than this on the wall, it may end up bonding with the surface and upon removal, it may peel up some dry paint, thus interfering with the aesthetics of the wall.

Drafting Tape

This is also a type of masking tape, but one designed for easy removal from the paper surfaces where it is normally used. Draftsmen and artists use this tape to hold vellum in place or over architectural blueprints as they do their drawings.



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