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.