How are these other tapes about tearing? I've got some plain ol'
masking tape (only a few years old at most) that works ok, if I can get
the darn stuff off the roll. Sometimes it shears across the tape,
running a foot or more before it finally quits. (If I catch it early
enough, I can stop it.)
It's 3M masking tape, so it's not supposed to be low quality stuff.
It took me 57 years to realize that tape had a shelf life. Old tape
will dry out and be hard to get off the roll, shearing in strips, etc.
If it's over a year old, I either give it away or throw it away after
the second shearing. Fresh tape is much less frustrating.
As thin as all the new tapes are today, they're all hard to get off
the roll to start with. I often turn 1/4" back so it's easy to start,
trimming it off before use.
All of us want to do well. But if we do not do
good, too, then doing well will never be enough.
-- Anna Quindlen
I don't have any trouble starting the 3M blue tape. I like it, though next
time[*] I'm going to try Frog Tape.
[*] Just bought a house with crappy paint with a crappy spray job. I guess I
shouldn't have expected any more from the Feds.
I have used the green stuff but still prefer 3m blue which is thicker. I
didn't know about the 'rubbing thing' and wouldn't have bought into it
if I had. The wife brought the green stuff home (cute frog and all)
after I had asked her to pick up some additional blue. I tried a roll
out and told her to exchange the remaining rolls please as it seemed
cheap thin crap.
When I tape, I use a putty knife and utility knife to make precise cuts
in corners and joints. I then run the putty knife over the tape to
insure that it adheres. The green stuff tended to ball up (like cheap
blue or cheap masking tape) using this technique.
Honestly, when I got the green stuff where I wanted it, the end result
was equal to the blue. I just find the better quality blue to be easier
and faster to use. Since the prep work takes way more time than
spreading paint I'll vote for the blue.
Wishing I could paint a straight line,
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