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“Masking Made Simple” Takes the Hassle Out of Tape Selection

 Substrates and Adhesion – Know Your Surface

Masking tapes are used in countless applications in the industrial world—and it can sometimes seem like there are countless masking tape products.

In the past, industrial customers selecting products have had to wade through each company’s catalog of dozens of tapes, each with naming conventions, colors and product numbers that don’t make it easy to differentiate one product from another.

Now, though, 3M is helping cut through the confusion with a simplified lineup of industrial masking tapes. This new five-tape systems covers 80 percent of all industrial masking tape jobs, and makes it easy to choose the level of performance you need. The new “Masking Made Simple” lineup includes:

3M™ Value Masking Tape 101+ —The Basic Tape for Basic Jobs
This tape is a great addition to every industrial toolbox, and provides consistent reliability.

  • Indoor use
  • Light-duty applications
  • Ideal for marking, temporary holding, wrapping and sealing

3M™ General Use Masking Tape 201+ —The Tough Tape for Everyday Jobs
This product delivers a higher level of general-purpose performance.

  • Solvent free
  • Light-to-medium duty
  • Smooth and conformable
  • Sticks to a wide variety of surfaces and removes cleanly with no residue
  • Easy to handle, apply and remove in one piece
  • Ideal for bundling, labeling and identifying

3M™ Performance Yellow Masking Tape 301+ —The Dependable Choice for Industrial Performance
This tape is a great place to start when it comes to industrial paint masking.

  • Solvent free
  • Good conformability to irregular surfaces
  • High elongation backing is able to curve around sharp corners and uneven surfaces and still remove cleanly
  • Resists paint bleed-through and offers great paint lines
  • Yellow backing ensures good visibility
  • Ideal for industrial paint masking, bundling, holding, marking, color coding and sealing
  • Withstands surface temperatures up to 225°F (107°C) for 30 minutes

3M™ High Performance Green Masking Tape 401+/233+ —The Industrial Strength Green Colored Performance You Trust
This tape is the preferred choice among demanding industrial painters. Professionals in the automotive aftermarket have known this product as 233+ and trusted it for quite some time. Now it is relabeled as 401+ to take its place in the Masking Made Simple lineup.

  • The most versatile tape in the product line
  • Solvent free
  • Superior adhesion to metal, rubber, glass and plastic, while removing cleanly in one piece with no adhesive residue
  • Highly conformable to many surfaces
  • Resists paint bleed-through and creates super-sharp paint lines
  • Green backing improves visibility and accuracy during paint masking
  • Ideal for high performance industrial painting, including two-tone color applications
  • Withstands surface temperatures up to 250°F (121°C) for 30 minutes

3M™ Specialty High Temperature Masking Tape 501+ —The highest degree of industrial performance
This product stands up to the heat and offers the perfect blend of strength, flexibility and adhesion.

  • Exceptionally conformable to irregular surfaces
  • Superior adhesion to metal, rubber, glass and plastic, while removing cleanly in one piece with no adhesive residue
  • Extra strong backing resists paint bleed-through from most industrial paints
  • Creates super-sharp paint lines
  • Ideal for all high temperature paint baking, fascia painting and pipe coating applications
  • Withstands surface temperatures up to 300°F (149°C) for 30 minutes

With the Masking Made Simple lineup, it’s easy to make your choice. Each step up the line offers increasing performance while maintaining the benefits of the products below it. This simple system can help you choose the level of performance you need for each application, and even streamline and eliminate unnecessary SKUs in your stockroom. And if one tape isn’t quite getting the job done, it’s easy to tell which product you should try next—just step one level up. Plus, varying colors and cores help workers quickly identify which tape they’re holding and avoid mix-ups.

3M™ Masking Tapes have been around since 1925, and 3M now offers the widest selection of masking products. But with five tapes that can cover 80 percent of jobs, the Masking Made Simple line reduces complexity, helping you choose just what you need for consistent performance.

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