Difference Between Masking Tape and Masking Tape (and When to Use Them)

If you’re getting ready to start a painting project, you probably have a trip to a home improvement store in the future. In addition to brushes, rollers, and the paint itself, you’ll likely need tape to keep paint away from moldings, door frames, or other woodwork in the room. But what kind of tape?

The two main options are masking tape and masking tape, and each serves a different purpose. In an article for BobVila.com, Bob Beecham explains the difference between masking tape and masking tape, including when to use each.

The difference between masking tape and masking tape

Let’s start with the basics: masking tape and masking tape are made from crepe paper, masking tape is usually beige / cream, and masking tape is usually blue (yellow or green). But technically any ribbon can be any color, and they are usually found next to each other on a store shelf.

The biggest difference between the two types of tape, Beecham writes, is the adhesive. Masking tape adhesive is more durable, which means it doesn’t flake off as easily when used on projects such as painting – hence the need for a special masking tape.

When to use masking tape

Beecham explains that masking tape isn’t ideal for painting, but it can come in handy in many other situations:

It can be useful for all types of work in the home and workshop, such as repairing a torn vacuum bag, making labels, or drawing lines on laminate boards to keep them from splitting when sawing. Adhering a piece of masking tape to the tiles not only makes it easy to mark drilling spots, but also helps prevent tiles from cracking.

Due to its strong adhesive properties and low cost, it is recommended to keep a roll of masking tape at home for various projects.

When to use masking tape

It’s no surprise that masking tape, which is less sticky and easy to remove, is the best choice for painting. Unlike masking tape, it peels off completely after painting is complete. In addition, when removed, the masking tape can take with it some of the new paint (or the wall itself). Not to mention, although it is less tacky, masking tape has a tighter seal than masking tape, which means paint is less likely to leak.


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