Scotch Home & Office Masking Tape
Last updated date: May 29, 2020
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This no-nonsense masking tape is good for any number of jobs around the house. It applies effortlessly to most surfaces and comes away without excess residue. It can be applied to watercolor paper for art projects. In our analysis of 3 expert reviews, the Scotch Brand Scotch Home & Office Masking Tape placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
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Strong masking tape offers secure holding power and resists breaking. Applies easily to clean surfaces, removes without leaving residue. Conforms to curved and contoured surfaces.
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An Overview On Masking Tapes
When it comes to tape, strength isn’t everything. We’ve all seen the memes and heard the jokes about duct tape and how it can fix everything under the sun. In reality, that’s far from true: Whether you’re helping the kids with a delicate art project or trying to keep your moldings free of paint, masking tape has a delicate touch that’s just right for the job.
Masking tape is often interchangeable with painter’s tape, and you’ll often hear it referred to as such. Paint jobs in particular illustrate that the big selling point of good masking tape isn’t it’s adhesive strength, but its weakness. Ideally, masking tape should stick quickly but come off easily, without leaving behind any undue residue or removing any paint, stucco or splinters from the surface it was applied to. That makes it easy to protect moldings during household paint jobs by laying masking tape over them. When you’re done, carefully remove the masking tape and you should have a nice straight line of paint above the molding (or below, if you’re working close to the ceiling).
This light stickiness also makes masking tape a good fit for children’s art projects. You’ll often see masking tape directly marketed to kids and classroom teachers this way, made of brightly colored materials that kids can use to decorate an endless array of things. The light adhesive property means that walls won’t lose too much paint if your kids get too exuberant, and the light material makes it easy for little hands to tear it without having to use scissors.
Speaking of material, most masking tape is made of crepe paper. This type of tape is especially common for kids’ art tape, and it is recognizable by the slightly rough surface it has at the non-adhesive end. It tears very easily and goes on fairly smooth on most surfaces.
Then there is a flatback paper that tends to be more smooth and somewhat thinner. Some handymen prefer this type of tape for painting projects because it’s easier to keep a nice straight edge.
If you’re using your tape for children’s projects or light work around the house, the main thing to look for is thin paper that will tear easily and possibly the right range of colors. Paint jobs require something a little more robust. For best results, choose a heavy-duty tape specifically geared for painting. This type will generally have a non-acrylic adhesive that won’t bond to the surface after a day or so, the way cheaper masking tape will.
If you’re doing an outdoor paint job, you may also want to check the specs for UV and weather resistance. Some lighter tapes can bake onto painted surfaces at temperatures over 90 degrees, or slide off easily with the arrival of dew or light rain.
DWYM Fun Fact
Of course there’s a record for largest ball of tape, and of course the US holds that record. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, a community development group in Louisville, Kentucky created a sticky sphere made of various types of tape including duct, masking, foil and electrical tape. It weighs in at 2,000 pounds and is more than 12 feet around.
The Masking Tape Buying Guide
- If you’ve got sloppy edges on your paint job, it might be due to inferior masking tape. But just as often, the fault is in the way you apply the stuff. Painters’ tape should go on in a straight line, with some pressure applied to the business end near the wall. If your hand isn’t that steady, you may want to roll it on with an applicator from the hardware store. Want to make a nice, tight corner? Use a putty knife or razor to cut off any excess tape when you reach the edge of the wall.
- Want to protect your flooring? The most failsafe method is to apply a plastic cloth or paper directly to one end of your masking tape before you stick it to the wall. This will require a masking tape that’s wide enough to handle the job. The process will take a little more time, but it’s worth it to avoid paint stains on the carpet.
- When it’s time to take off the tape, some painters prefer to peel when the paint is still slightly wet. That does prevent the tape from sealing onto the surface of the molding on the paint itself which can happen with cheap tape left out in high temperatures. But if you want to take a little extra time (and your tape is high quality enough), you can wait until the paint is nice and dry. Use a scoring knife to cut along the edge of the tape before you remove it, ensuring a nice even line.