Painting

Is there a real difference in the blue tape sold for masking painting areas, or is regular masking tape just as good? There is a big difference in price.
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The blue tape comes off very easily if you take it down after a few hours. That's the big diff. The ease of pulling it down reduces the number of times the masking tape tears and leaves you with little nibs of tape you've got to pick off. Leave it on for a few days or a few weeks and it sticks just as well as the regular stuff.

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On Sun, 8 Feb 2004 13:08:55 -0500 (EST), snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (Padre) scribbled this interesting note:

There is a vast difference.
The blue tape applies normally but it is easy to take off. During renovations of houses I regularly tape off entire floors with heavy paper and drop cloths. At the end of the renovation, which may be weeks or months later, the blue tape has held well but comes off easily. If you tried this with regular white masking tape you'd never get it all off and it would pull up any finish it was applied to if you succeeded it getting it off. Never apply regular white masking tape to any area that encounters sunlight as that tape will be a devil to remove. For temporary uses encountered in painting always use the blue tape, you won't be disappointed.
-- John Willis (Remove the Primes before e-mailing me)
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On Sun, 8 Feb 2004 13:08:55 -0500 (EST), snipped-for-privacy@webtv.net (Padre) wrote:

Yes. Regular masking tape can be a tough job to remove if you leave it on for more than a couple hours. Painters masking tape won't leave a residue.
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