You’ve probably seen plenty of painters prep a room with yards and yards of blue tape. But why do painters use that tape instead of regular masking tape? Read on to find out all you need to know about blue painter’s tape.
Painter’s Tape vs. Masking Tape
You might think that there’s no need to buy special blue painter’s tape and you can just use masking tape instead. You’re not completely wrong; masking tape will do in a pinch.
But there are several characteristics of painter’s tape that make it much more desirable for the job at hand.
• The blue color contrasts against most wall paint colors better than neutral masking tape
• The surface is water-resistant so no paint will bleed through, unlike masking tape
• The edges are designed not to wrinkle so the paint lines remain sharp
• The adhesive is weaker so it comes off the surface more easily and does not leave residue
How to Buy Painter’s Tape
When you’ve decided that you do indeed prefer blue painter’s tape to regular masking tape, you will want to purchase that tape from a true specialty store that sells a painter’s tape roller, and paint brushes to industry professionals.
Look for characteristics such as a 14-day clean removal period, crepe paper with medium acrylic adhesive, UV and heat resistance, and also resistance to paint bleed-through. If you want a paint job that looks professional, buy and use the same supplies that the professionals do! A bonus when you shop at a professional paint supplier is that you’ll be able to ask questions and get advice from pros as well.