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