What color painter's tape are you using?

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What color painter's tape are you using?

 

In the past, painting a straight line required a steady hand and a lot of patience. The use of masking tape to create a covered surface that could be peeled away to leave a straight line was the next best thing. There were some faults in using regular masking tape. The tape couldn’t be left too long in the sun, it would leave adhesive on some surfaces, and if paint was applied too liberally, it would bleed under the tape. Things are different today.

 

There are colored tapes that are sold to those who want a clear edge without a lot of the side effects that regular masking tape produce. While some of these products have been around for as much as 20 years, they have not been marketed to the public. You can now find these tapes in most hardware, and home improvement stores. There are three popular color tapes; each has a slightly different purpose.

 

Blue painter’s tape – The most popular of the three can be used on most painted walls, wood, curved or uneven surfaces, metal, and glass. It has a medium adhesion and is design to be used inside. The tape is UV Resistant and should be removed within 14 days.

Green painter’s tape – With a paint line protector, this tape can be used on most painted lightly textured walls, wood trim that is finished or unfinished, metal hardware, glass, and curved surfaces. It has a medium adhesion and is design to be used inside. The tape is UV Resistant and should be removed within 14 days.

Orange painter’s tape – Ideal for freshly painted surfaces and other delicate substrates, it removes cleanly with no surface damage. Suggested uses: freshly painted surfaces, accent walls, stripes, hardwood floors and other delicate substrates. It has a low to medium adhesion and is designed for interior use. It also is UV Resistant and can be cleanly removed in 60 days.

 

So the next time you are in doing a special paint project, keep these painter’s tape products in mind. The proper painting supplies can make a big difference in the final product.

Good luck in all your home improvement projects

 

 

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Hannah Williams
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Tom..Who would have thought !  I have a painting project coming up too! Glad Pat featured this it is very Helpful

Hannah

Oct 16, 2011 04:12 AM #25
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Thanks for the Feature Patricia, I've seen your Last Week's Favorites many times. Never thought I'd see my own post there, today I did.

I noticed that the flooring crews here use the blue excusively Debbie.

Thanks Hannah, good luck in that painting project!

Oct 16, 2011 04:36 AM #26
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good afternoon Tom,

I came over from Pat's Favorites as I missed this post! Very helpful post..I learned something and now will know the difference when I see the three colors of tape!

Oct 16, 2011 08:05 AM #27
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Kathy Streib
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Tom- I came over because of Debbie's reblog.  I'm saving this one.  I knew about the blue one but not of the 2 others.  So glad to know. 

Oct 16, 2011 10:04 AM #28
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Barbara Todaro
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Hi Tom....I saw this great post on Debbie's reblog..... I didn't know about the other two...only the blue.

Oct 16, 2011 10:07 AM #29
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Christine Smith
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I am so glad Debbie Gartner re-blogged this.  I always just use the blue tape but didn't know the other colors had a specific purpose.  There are times when we should have used the orange tape for freshly painted surfaces!

Oct 16, 2011 10:14 AM #30
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That Pat, she's something else, isn't she?

Thanks for the feedback Dorie, glad you learned from it.

 

Oct 16, 2011 11:16 AM #31
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I'll have to thank Debbie for the reblog Kathy, the information can be useful.

Glad to be helpful Barbara. Thanks for coming over from Debbie's reblog.

I'm kinda glad Debbie reblogged this too!  :)   Christine, I was one that thought the blue was the same as all the other colors too, but now I know different facts.

Oct 16, 2011 11:21 AM #32
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Kim & Kristine Halverson
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I love using the tape.  Have only used blue.  Thanks!  Kristine :)

Oct 16, 2011 11:22 AM #33
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Now you know when to use the other colors Kristine, don't be afraid to step outside the box.  :)

Oct 16, 2011 11:26 AM #34
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Mary Macy
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I was using the blue for walk throughs as spots for touchup on new construction, thats what I thought it was for.  Great article, everyone should know, I suggested.  Thanks for posting, good information.

Oct 16, 2011 01:36 PM #35
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Thanks for the suggestion Mary, I appreciate it. Glad that the information has helped you.

Oct 16, 2011 01:41 PM #36
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Rodney Mason
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I have always used blue.  I guess I never noticed the other colors before or what their uses are for.

Oct 16, 2011 01:52 PM #37
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The latest colors are relatively new to the market Rodney. The other colors have not been available a on a large scale until recently.

Thanks for the comment!

Oct 16, 2011 03:58 PM #38
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Susan Neal
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Hi Tom - I think most people don't realize there is a difference - they just buy the least expensive, then complain when they don't get a clean line.  Everything is specialized these days.

Oct 18, 2011 01:07 PM #39
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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So true Susan. The days when "tape is tape" was the shopping decision are long gone. To do the job right you need the right supplies.

Oct 18, 2011 01:28 PM #40
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Cathy McAlister
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I always wondered about the different tapes.  I think the orange would have come in much more handy over the years. :-)

Jan 08, 2012 06:41 PM #41
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Funny how we can look at the different color tapes for so long and never realize why they were different colors Cathy.

Jan 08, 2012 07:11 PM #42
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Larry & Jacque Ficek
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Hi Tom, this is really good information. I have never noticed any other color of tape at our shops-probably because 'blue tape' is ingrained in my head. I will make a point to scout out the other colors next time though!

We have the opposite problem with the tape here than heat. It does work well (sticks together) if you leave it in the vehicle and it freezes.  :)

May 25, 2012 12:13 AM #43
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Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366
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Larry & Jacque - I guess I should have covered that topic too. Cold weather has it's own unique requirements doesn't it?

Thanks for the comment.

May 25, 2012 07:30 AM #44
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