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Blue Painters Tape versus the Green Frog Tape

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 4

Picking the right tape for painting projects used to be easy. All you had to do was walk into the store and grab a few rolls of beige masking tape. Eventually a new blue painter's tape was introduced and quickly replaced the beige stuff as it was far superior for painting. Now there is another new option that's green: Frog Tape. So which one is better?

ScotchBlue Painter's Tape

Technically called ScotchBlue Painter's Tape, the blue stuff is hard to miss in the hardware store. There are rolls and rolls of it in several different sizes that range up to 3 inches in width.

The blue tape is a tremendous improvement over the beige stuff thanks to a different type of adhesive that is used to make the product. Beige masking tape uses a rubber adhesive, but the blue tape has an acrylic adhesive that is easier to remove.

Unlike masking tape, blue painter's tape can be left on your walls for a much longer period of time. Depending on the type of tape you have selected, this time period can extend as long as two months. This is particularly useful if you intend to apply a few coats of paint or if you get sidetracked in the middle of the project.

Green Frog Tape

The introduction of Frog Tape brought about a new innovation that has the potential to improve your paint job. Although the green tape is similar to the blue tape, it does offer one advantage that will likely make you curious about the product if nothing else.

Frog Tape includes what the manufacturer is calling PaintBlock technology. This means the roll of tape was actually coated with a special polymer that sucks up the water found in latex paint. When this happens it creates a barrier so the paint can't soak underneath of the tape. If the tape works as it should you will have nice sharp paint lines when it is removed.

One nice thing about Frog Tape is that it comes in a hard case. This will protect your roll of tape from getting dinged up in your toolbox. Protecting the tape may not be a bad idea because it does cost much more than the ScotchBlue!

Tip: If you choose a brand of tape that you have never worked with before consider purchasing just a single roll. This will get you started with your paint job, but it will save you some money if you decide you don't like it.



Sep 28, 2010 12:16am
Phenomenal article that opened my eyes to the subject! It was well written, and you clearly know what you are talking about.
Oct 5, 2010 10:55am
Hi Quinlanblogger,

I’m a representative at 3M ScotchBlue, and I came across your post and wanted to share with you information about our new ScotchBlue Painter’s Tape with Edge-Lock Paint Line Protector. The new and enhanced adhesive formula creates a barrier which helps to improve paint lines. It leaves no chemical residue, no paint ridges and there is no need for a storage container to protect the tape. You can learn more here: www.ScotchBlue.com/edgelock Or you may contact our customer service directly at 1-800-537-9514 on M-F, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. CST for more information about Edge-Lock Technology. We love the opportunity to talk to our customers!

Thank you,
ScotchBlue Customer Service
Oct 5, 2010 12:49pm
Thanks for introducing the new Edge-Lock tape from 3M. I'll be sure to check it out when i take on my next painting project!
Oct 13, 2010 10:11am
Glad to help! Please share your experience with us and let us know if you have any additional questions.
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