SUNLAKE Multi-Surface Painter’s Masking Tape

Last updated: October 5, 2023

SUNLAKE Multi-Surface Painter’s Masking Tape
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We looked at the top Masking Tapes and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Masking Tape you should buy.

Overall Take

Unlike many household masking tape brands, this one has some resistance to moisture and UV light. That makes it a good choice for light outdoor duty such as exterior paint jobs. The crepe paper tears easily and removes smoothly.

In our analysis, the SUNLAKE Multi-Surface Painter's Masking Tape placed 7th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Save time preparing for painting with our easy to tear crepe paper tape that will stick to almost all surface including wood, drywall, painted drywall, For best results, remove the tape while the paint is still wet, making sure to slowly pull at a 45-degree angle.

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Overview

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 a 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.

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