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Painter’s tape VS Masking tape: what is the difference?

To a non-expert eye, painter’s tape and masking tape might look just the same. They both have a crepe paper backing, that’s true; but they have a few characteristics that make them consistently different from one another. Let’s see here the differences between painter’s tape and masking tape.

Masking tape is your ideal go-to tape for any house or DIY application. Everyone should always have at least one roll in their junk drawer, because you just never know when you’re going to need it. It especially comes in handy for quick fixes and craft projects: it’s easy to tear, easy to peel off and leaves no residue.

However, when it comes to an actual painting job, regular masking tape may not be the ideal choice. Why use a generic masking tape when you can get a painter’s tape that is exclusively designed to ensure clean lines and no spills? No reason at all.

Painter’s tape VS Masking tape

Painter’s tape and masking tape have very much in common, in terms of appearance and feel; however, there are 3 main characteristics that consistently differentiate them from one another:

  1. Applicability: they are born for different purposes. Masking tape is perfect for general impromptu applications and use around the house at steady temperatures; painter’s tape is specifically made for painting jobs, indoor and outdoor.

  2. Impact: masking tape can be used for painting, but it needs to be removed in a matter of hours; while painter’s tape can be left on for a long time and still leave no residues when removed.

  3. Functional integrity: water-based paint can cause masking tape to collapse or crumble, letting paint drip on the surface below. Oil-based paint can degrade masking tape more quickly, seeping through the surface. Painter’s tape never collapses nor crumbles whenever the paint is applied.

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