longer lasting masking tape?


I use masking tape to tape plastic sheets around windows to block leakages and condensation. However, the tape tends to get loose by itself after a few weeks.
What tape sticks better/longer but still can be peeled off without damaging the paint?
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You cannot have both. Duct tape is designed to stick indefinitely, thus cannot be removed without damage to surface coatings. Masking tape is designed for removal without damage: no adhesive can hold fast for a month without damage on removal.
Your best course may be to find out by experiment how long various brands of masking tape both hold fast and permit damage-free removal: and then repeat the masking at intervals as required.
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Don Phillipson
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On Tue, 19 Dec 2006 17:35:42 -0500, "Don Phillipson"

Or use some mechanism other than tape, like building a plastic covered frame, and using a shower-curtain rod to hold it in place.
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3M makes various grades of painters' masking tape. Some real tough for things like bricks. Other real gentle (seems like Post-it sticky) for delicate surfaces. You might try the Post-it type tape. My roll of it is #2070 and it says good for seven days and is white so would blend in pretty well with wood work On colder surfaces this could be much longer. I would try a few pieces a few inches long and see how well it works. Peel off one piece every week or so. If it doesn't stick well enough, try next grade up. This is the smooth blue painters tape that is very common. Look at the rating shown on the wrapping.
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Just about any tape that can hold will at least lease hard-to-remove adhesive crud when finally removed if left for any significant time.
Bob
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the blue tape from 3m has a 28 day release in other words it can be left on for 28 days before it is difficult to remove.

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Consider sealing the leaks. Replace the windows if necessary.
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