Masking Tape 101

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There’s no doubt about it, the quality of masking tape and the range of different types of masking tape has drastically improved. If you need more advice on choosing the right masking tape and want to add the best masking tape for painting to your toolbox, we’ve got you covered. 

Whether you need to learn how to protect carpet when painting, or how to protect skirting boards when painting walls– masking tape comes in handy in every situation! 

Masking tape painting know-how

Different types of masking tape

Precision tape
Use when you want to prevent paint bleeding underneath masking tape after you’ve painted a surface.

Sensitive masking tape
Use when you’ve recently painted a surface and still need to mask up. It’s designed to stop bleeding underneath and is sensitive when you go to remove it. You can even use it on wallpaper.

Blue masking tape
If you’re working outside, this masking tape can be used on external surfaces as it can withstand rain or moisture.

Orange masking tape
For masonry and brickwork, it’s best to use this masking tape. It sticks to external surfaces easily and protects the areas you don’t want to get paint on.

Got large expansive surfaces to protect? Here’s some tips for how to protect carpet when painting and how to protect skirting boards when painting walls.

Masking tape painting

Add Easy Cover Plastic and Easy Cover Paper to your toolbox.

Masking tape to protect skirting

Easy Cover Plastic contains the masking tape you need, as well as a protective sheet of plastic that cascades down the wall you’re painting. Easy Cover Paper is a similar tool yet is more ideal when protecting carpets and skirtings. It’s also available in different sizes. Both Easy Covers are quick and easy to use.

Need tips for applying masking tape to window frames? Check out our YouTube channel. 

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