A blog post about Masking tape? That doesn't seem very meaningful!
Well, as the DIY Doers amongst us will testify I'm sure, that moment when you remove the masking tape, on a painting job involving coat after coat of paint and wanting to ensure the perfect EDGE.....it does become meaningful then.
Masking tape can make or break the job (and you!)
So where do you start when it comes to choosing the right masking tape?
What brand do you choose?
Do you go for a budget multi-pack of the stuff at your local DIY store looking for real value for money?
Or do you see no difference between any of them, so settle for the first one you find in the store and get home asap to start the job.
It is at this point that we would forgive you because "You don't know what you don't know."
And that is why we are here to help you know more about the DIY world, using our own experiences in trying, (and failing) so we can pass our help and advice onto you.
Masking tape is an essential part of the keen decorators/upcyclers kit.
Generally used for masking off areas around windows, doors, skirting boards etc. so you can quickly and easily paint along the edges and avoid a messy line, masking tape can be used to aid sealing around the bath as well and becomes super useful for more extravagant painting techniques and patterns using different colours to create stripes etc.
We have tried and tested metres of the stuff so that we can report back to you and guide your choices and here are our top 3:
In 3rd place:
The beige stuff - your regular, unbranded masking tape.
It's widely available in every DIY store and usually comes in different widths.
Buy once, buy never again.
In 2nd place:
Hippo masking tape.
This one is our favourite brands for using with sanitary sealant for the bathroom and it does perform well as a DIY all rounder.
- Clean edge
In 1st place!
The excellent DIY all rounder.
It comes in 3 different styles
Yellow: Delicate surface
Orange: Gloss and Satin paints.
The multi purpose frog tape.
This is the one we recommend for your next DIY job.
Wayne has made a video whilst on set at ITV's This Morning showing this very tip (although the thumbnail looks like he is just pouting!)
We hope you found that helpful.
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