With so many choices of masking tape, how do you choose the right one?
Introducing: Masking Made Simple
To win in today’s highly competitive marketplace, you need the right tools. And that includes your masking tapes. So 3M has created a simple, 5-tape system to help you choose the right tape for your job.
Five tapes, built on increasing levels of performance and a common goal of helping you finish jobs worth finishing.
It’s Industrial Masking Made Simple.
A clean surface gives the adhesion and removal you want.
Simply wipe the surface with a dry
lint-free cloth to remove dust, dirt,
To remove oil, grease,
or plasticizer contamination, wash the
surface with soap and water.
silicone in some instances, apply
shaving cream that contains palm oil
and scrub clean with water.
have tougher contaminants, isopropanol
or industrial solvent like heptane may
be necessary to prep the surface.
When using such chemicals, follow
the MSDS handling instructions.
Always test the tape in an inconspicuous
area before full scale application.
Surface temperatures between
50-90°F (10-32°C) are best for
Colder surfaces may cause the adhesive
to firm up and not grab well enough for
an effective bond and sharp paint line.
On hot surfaces, the adhesive may soften
Handling tape for best application
Avoid stretching the tape.
Pull at least a foot of tape at a time
from the roll more when
only small increments of tape,
keeping a droop between the
point of contact and the roll
or tape end.
tape may lift or break.
Firmly press down tape edges.
After laying the tape into position, press
down the edges.
Using a plastic 3M™
"PA-1" Tape Wipe increases tape-to-surface
contact to help prevent seepage
and jagged paint lines.
Lay tape into depressions.
Do not stretch or force tape into
depressions; laying it leaves "stretch" in
the tape that compensates for any
shrinkage during painting or drying,
so you'll get better adhesion and
Thin crepe is better than thick.
3M Masking Tapes use a thin crepe
backing to solve several thick crepe
With thick crepe, paint builds
up along the tape for a visible paint
ridge, and wet paint can also seep into small
channels leaving a fuzzy paint edge.
End tabbing for easier removal
Fold over and stick the end of the tape
The resulting tab is a
convenient starting point for easy tape
removal with reduced chance for
Be sure no adhesive is exposed
to stick to other surfaces.
Keep the angle of removal perpendicular
(90°) to the surface and pull at a moderate
If the angle is more or less, there is
greater chance of adhesive transferring
from the tape to
The same problem is
possible if the tape is removed too slowly. If removed too
quickly, the tape may tear or sliver.
Remove at 60-120°F (15-49°C) for clean release
At 60-120°F (15-49°C), the adhesive is
firm enough for clean removal without
tearing or slivering.
Removal at hotter
temperature increases the potential for
At colder temperature,
the tape is more brittle with increased
chance for slivering.
When speed or temperature
of removal is not quite right
For minor adhesive transfer rub the
adhesive with your finger into a ball
and wipe it off. Or, dab up the
adhesive with another piece of tape.
For major adhesive transfer that is tacky,
use common cleaning agents such as 3M
citrus base cleaner, mineral spirits, or
industrial solvents. Before use, always
review manufacturer MSDS and test
the surface in an inconspicuous area.
For hard adhesive on hard surfaces,
scrape with a razor blade or sand with
fine grit paper. Use caution to prevent