You’ve been eager to complete a dream painting project, and it’s time. All the essentials are ready, but you have a vague feeling that something is missing. Oh, shoot! Painters tape. Yeah, you got that right.
How else will you mask off spots that don’t require a coat of paint? Well, Surfaces such as the ceiling, part of a wall, windows, or floor might not need painting.
Before dipping your paintbrush into a can of paint to jump-start your project, Surepaint recommends getting all your ducks in a row to avert disappointment and frustration. We’ve created a curated list of seven of the best paint tapes for the job.
Our Evaluation Criteria
We consider various factors when shopping around for paint tapes for our projects. We can’t leave our choices to chance. Among the standards we have adopted to evaluate the best tapes include:
- Brand popularity and trust
- Application- the type of surface
- Frogtape Multi-Surface Painter’s Tape
What makes Frogtape stand out? For starters, the makers of this tape claim to use PaintBlock Technology that prevents the paint from bleeding and messing up your paint lines. Is that a gimmick? No. This painter’s accessory does its job.
This tape is the pick of the bunch, owing to its versatility and structural integrity. If you intend to use it indoors, it stays intact for up to three weeks, leaving your surface neat, with clean sharp lines. The tape also adheres to multiple surfaces and can stand up to harsh outdoor elements for up to seven days.
- Scotch Painter’s Tape
Sometimes, a paint job might require applying a fresh coat of paint over delicate surfaces such as drywall. What do you use in such a case? The answer; painter’s tape is crafted for surfaces requiring gentle handling. Scotch painter’s tape sticks to such surfaces.
If you need an accessory that ensures precision, peels off without leaving icky residue, and holds its own for up to 60 days, look no further than this tape. Snag a smaller roll of tape if you intend to use it for modeling or craft projects.
- Duck Brand Clean Release Painter’s Tape
The good: Duck brand’s tape adheres to a variety of surfaces. If painting glass, metal, or wood surfaces comes to mind, then you’ve got a reliable companion in this tape.
This clean release tape is surprisingly easy to remove within a two-week window. It also stands up to the sun’s harsh UV rays, making it perfect for indoor or outdoor use. A flexible paper backing alleviates bleeding, giving the edges you paint a clean, straight appearance.
The bad: Duck brands tape doesn’t hold up well on all surfaces. It does a great job on some surfaces but leaves less than satisfactory results on others. However, for its low pricing, it delivers excellent value for money.
- IPG ProMask Blue with BLOC-It
ProMask tape works best on wooden and laminate surfaces. Proprietary, customized edges work to keep paint from seeping underneath or bleeding to areas you’ve masked off. As a result, the tape preserves the integrity of your work, giving you clean lines.
IPG’s UV resistance makes it a favorite for indoor or outdoor use. However, note that its superior adhesive properties make it unsuitable for delicate surfaces. For best results, remove the tape within two weeks of application.
- Scotch Rough Surface Painter’s Tape
As the name suggests, this tape works best on rough surfaces such as concrete, rough wood, and bricks. You don’t have to worry about leaving sticky residue on surfaces with this tape after removing it within five days.
Interestingly, it unwinds smoothly yet offers aggressive bonding properties, letting you keep up with the rigors of your project. The downside of this tape is that it can peel off paint from drywall or plaster walls; hence it isn’t advisable to use it on certain surfaces.
- Pro Art Artist Tape
Nailing a craft project can be difficult due to the level of precision it requires. But, you can rest easy with Pro Art’s Artist Tape. This tape comes in handy if you need to block out text or mark the edges of a display board for your presentations.
The fact that it’s available in various colors is a plus. You can even write over it without much fuss. However, it’s pretty pricey, and it’s only suitable for small projects.
- Shurtape CP 27 ShurRELEASE Painter’s Tape
Shurtape’s main selling point is its ability to adhere to wood, glass, painted concrete walls, and metal. It also leaves no residue, leaving sharp lines. What’s more, it holds up well for up to 14 days indoors or outdoors.
ShurRELEASE tape lies somewhere in the middle of the pile. While it does stick to the surfaces aforementioned, it might not be accessible on wallpaper or uncured coatings.
In conclusion, I reiterate that good-quality painter’s tape helps ensure high-quality artistry. If you’re looking to add a professional touch to your paintwork, invest in the best paint tape that fits the job. No more issues of paint bleed or creep. We hope to make your dash back to the paint shop for some tape worthwhile.