Painter's Tape Vs Masking Tape

Painter’s Tape Vs Masking Tape

When undertaking a painting job, it’s only natural to want to get the best possible result at the best possible price. And that leads us to the issue of whether to use painter’s tape vs masking tape for the job.

Many do-it-yourself painters like to use masking tape because of the lower cost, but there are advantages and disadvantages to each product. This largely depends on factors that include what you’re painting and what kind of paint you’re using.

Both tapes come in a variety of sizes, with many factors needing to be considered. These include price, residue, ability to withstand application of paint and the effect of oil versus water based paint.

Let’s look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of painter’s tape vs masking tape …

Advantages of Masking Tape

  • Price. Masking tape is definitely less expensive than painter’s tape.

  • Leaves clean lines

  • Widely available in most stores

  • Great for painting window frames because it comes off glass cleanly and easily

  • Good for painting on canvas

Disadvantages of Masking Tape

  • Leaves sticky, hard to clean residue

  • Must be removed quickly, so it comes off cleanly

  • Paint may stick to the surface, causing it to peel when the tape is removed.

  • Water-based paint can cause tape to buckle or pucker, letting paint seep onto the surface below.

  • Oil-based paint will degrade masking tape more quickly, seeping through the surfaces.

Advantages of Painter’s Tape

  • Designed for painting and doesn’t pucker or buckle when paint is applied

  • Leaves clean lines

  • Widely available in most stores

  • May be left on for several days and still come off cleanly

Disadvantages of Painter’s Tape

  • Price. Painter’s tape is definitely more expensive than masking tape.

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