Masking tape is a type of pressure-sensitive adhesive made that is easy-to-tear by hand, making it a very useful tool for artists and painters who want to mask off parts of their work and prevent paint from affecting those areas. The adhesive part does not leave residue and does not damage the surface when removed. You can also use masking tape to temporarily stick paper to a surface as well as for labelling purposes. It is sold in rolls but classified according to the strength of the adhesive, which is rated on a scale of 1 to 100, with 50 being the most common range for painters. Lower grades are meant for households and office use.
Types of Masking Tape
General purpose masking tape is highly recommended for all-around adhesion in the office or at home because it offers stronger tack. It is best for non-porous and smooth surfaces, but it leaves residue when removed. This type of masking tape is usually yellowish, tan, or off-white in colour.
Painter's masking tape is generally low-tack and good for drywall, fabric, or canvas. It prevents paint from seeping into unwanted areas, and it is often manufactured in colours like green or blue so it is more visible. It is advisable to remove this tape as soon as the paint dries (within 12 hours) because if you leave it longer, it may bond more to the surface, leave sticky residue, or peel dried paint.
Masking tape for artists and drafting are low-tack so they can easily be removed from paper without leaving residue or damaging the surface. They can be used on blueprints and delicate paper. There are rubber-based masking tapes, too, which offer high tack and conform better on tricky surfaces.
Office Kitten stocks various sizes of masking tapes. IF you ever make a mistake in choosing the size or type, our complimentary return policy means you can re-order the product you need without any hassle. Office Kitten stocks a wide selection of adhesives. We offer next-day delivery and discounted prices on all our products, making us one of the best suppliers of office supplies and office stationery on the internet.