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7 Best Painters Tape In 2019- Reviewed & Ultimate Buyer’s Guides

Every painter needs to have a smart and a clean finish. And though you paint your house today that doesn’t mean you will never repaint it. You will need to do so again after a while.

Nevertheless, the kind of tape you use determines the type of adhesive it has thus defining the type of finish you get. It is for that purpose I have decided to review some of the best painters tapes that you can rely on and leave a professional look on your wall, ceiling or any other surface you intend to paint.

They also allow you to have an exceptional, perfect paint line. With any of these 7 painters tape, you can paint your surface perfectly well without going wrong, and you won’t have cases of over spraying.

Since the market is full of fake tapes, you need to consider a few factors when buying a painters tape. This review will, therefore, focus on the factors you need to consider when purchasing these mentioned items to avoid frustrations after purchase.


Product Name


Size (Inch)



ScotchBlue Original Multi-Surface Painter’s Tape



60 yd. x 12 Rolls

FrogTape Multi-Surface Painter's Tape



60 yd. x 4 Rolls

Duck Clean Release Blue Painter's 2" Tape, 240461



60 yd. x 3 Rolls

FrogTape CF 120 Multi-Surface Painter's Tape By Duck



60 yd. x 1 Roll

1" x 60yd STIKK Blue Painters Tape



60 yd. x 36 Rolls

XFasten Professional Blue Painters Tape



60 yd. x 3 Rolls

3M 1 Blue Scotch Painters Tape



60 yd. x 6 Rolls

The 7 Best Rated Painters Tape On The Market

 1. ScotchBlue Original Multi-Surface Painter’s Tape

While many tapes will work well on only one type of surface, for example, wood and frustrate you on other types of surfaces, the scotch blue painters tape is ideal for any surface. You can as well use it for your 3D painting tasks since its wide width makes it easy to cover the bed in only 4 strips comfortably.

This makes it a good choice for painters who want to save some good cash by not buying tapes for the different type of surfaces. Also, for painting that needs some time to dry, this tape comes in handy because it does not mess up your painting when removing it neither does it leave some impurities even after you leave it on the surface for some time.

You don’t struggle using it because it does not stick on your hand which may eventually give you painting lines that are bent. Again, when applying it on the surface, it rolls off easily which makes your preparations for the painting fast and effortless. Whether you want to use it on straight lines, curves or surfaces that are irregular, you will still get great results. Just be sure to carefully apply some pressure on it so that it sticks firmly. Nevertheless, to have a good paint line when using it, apply pressure after every few inches of application.

Things We Liked

  • Sticks well on the surface
  • It is multipurpose so that you can use it on wood, trim and ceilings.
  • Easy to unwind as it rolls out easily
  • It can be left on the surface up to 2 weeks yet leave no damage to the surface.
  • Leaves a clean surface after removing it since it leaves no residue.
  • Offers painters with a sharp paint line.
  • It is suitable for lengthy areas

Things We Didn't Liked

  • Because of its high quality, it may not be as cheap as some other tapes.
  • If you do not apply pressure on it when taping, it may not stick properly

 2. FrogTape Multi-Surface Painter's Tape, Green

This tape comes in 4-pack and is suitable for any indoor and outdoor taping. The frog tape multi-surface painters tape is an appropriate choice for hard surfaces such as wood, unfinished woods, carpets, metal, and glass.

Since it has a premium adhesive, it requires a little more effort to remove it. It is thick as well as sticky to help you have a neat finish, and I consider it ten times way better than ordinary paint tapes.

You can also leave it on the surface for three weeks and still leave a clean surface after removing it. This tape gives sharp (paint) lines that are perfect since it features paint blocks that are patented. This technology (paint block) helps the tape to react with water in the application of latent paint so as to seal the tape edges by forming a micro-barrier.

While applying it on the surface, always use a putty knife so as to have it stick well on the surface. You don’t have a putty knife? There is no need to worry or buy one since you can use your credit card. It will work well too.

With enough application of pressure, you can be sure there won’t be any trace of paint bleeding otherwise; you will miss those perfect paint lines.

Things We Liked

  • Can stay on the surface for as long as 3 weeks after application.
  • Applicable to a variety of surfaces
  • Features a premium adhesion that eliminates needs for touch-ups after application
  • Resistant to bleeding of paint
  • Sticks well on the surface when you apply pressure on it.
  • It is not problematic to use on the surfaces
  • Does not leave gum on the surface after removing it.

Things We Didn't Liked

  • Failure to apply pressure appropriately will give you imperfect paint lines
  • Not a perfect choice for delicate surfaces.

 3. Duck Clean Release Blue Painter's 2" Tape

The Duck clean release blue painters tape features a crepe backing paper which prevents bleeding thus making the tape a perfect choice. You can use this tape on a variety of surfaces such as wood, metal, trim, tiles, and glass since it is thick enough to protect the surfaces.

As much as you may leave it for about two weeks after application; it is not troublesome to remove neither does it mess-up with your surfaces. You can also use it in your large painting works.

This tape is not only a good selection for your painting works but also labeling items in your house.

The tape works well both indoor and outdoor since sun rays do not interfere with its medium acrylic adhesive power. Still, you can get this tape in a variety of sizes depending on your choices.

So that the tape does not stretch when taping, it is advisable to apply it in small sections of up to 1-2 foot as you apply some pressure on it using a putty knife to stick well. Also, to minimize chances of the tape tearing while you remove it, it is advisable to apply one long strip so that it becomes easy to remove it.

Things We Liked

  • Works well for both inside and outside the house
  • Leaves no residue once you remove it
  • Can be left up to 2 weeks after application
  • There’s a variety of sizes to choose from
  • Does not allow paint to bleed after use
  • Applicable to a variety of household surfaces
  • It is resistant to Ultraviolet rays.

Things We Didn't Liked

  • It is not ideal for delicate surfaces since it may be too sticky on them
  • If you remove it poorly, it will tear.

 4. FrogTape CF 120 Multi-Surface Painter's Tape By Duck

The frog tape CF 120 painter’s tape comes with a re-sealable container to protect it as well as keep it clean. Just like other tapes, this tape needs a lot of pressure for clean finish ups. Always use your credit card or the putty knife to have it adhere well.

It is an excellent tape for any hard surfaces. You can, therefore, buy it for application on stones, glass, walls, wood trim as well as metal since it features an adhesive that is excellently powerful. When the frog tape edges come into direct contact with the latex paint; it creates a micro-barrier which prevents bleeding along the sides of the tape.

This is possible through a technology known as paint block. With this technology; you cannot miss excellent paint lines. However, don’t neglect the use of some good effort when applying it on any surfaces to have a perfect paint line.

You can remove it after an hour of application or after 21 days. The results are awesome.

This green tape features a medium adhesive power and leaves no residue on your surfaces once you remove it. Still, it is usable on both indoor and outdoor surfaces. You can also use it when you want to create patterns on your wall efficiently.

Things We Liked

  • Offers a three weeks clean surface removal
  • An ideal selection for both interior and exterior masking
  • Doesn’t allow bleeding of paint
  • It is a multi-surface tape thus allows you to apply on a variety of surfaces
  • No touch-ups after application
  • Leaves no gum after removal
  • Gives professional paint lines

Things We Didn't Liked

  • Needs a lot of pressure to adhere well.
  • Not ideal for use on delicate surfaces.

 5. 1" x 60yd STIKK Blue Painters Tape

Whether you need this tape for sticking papers on the wall or for masking your walls, it is an excellent tape. You can use it on surfaces that are semi-rough as well as textured areas since it features a medium tack adhesive. While many tapes need only pressure to adhere appropriately on the surfaces, you must apply heat on this tape to activate it.

You can leave it on the surface for two weeks and still have no residue after removing it on your surfaces. Nevertheless, it is semi-permanent thus can be aggressive when removing if you leave it for more than two weeks. Again, leaving it for more than two weeks will cause it to tear while you remove it thus making your painting work very difficult as well as messy.

Again, you must be careful not to overheat it so that your surfaces may not become untidy after removing it. Also to have good results, do not apply it on wet and dirty surfaces. Since it is resistant to UV-violet rays, you will have the same tremendous results when using it in your indoor and out-of-doors painting works. However it is not waterproof so, do not dump it in water.

Things We Liked

  • No gum residue
  • Quick removal
  • Applicable both inside and outside your building
  • Offers clean straight lines
  • Quickly adheres to the surfaces
  • Can be left on the surfaces up to 2 weeks
  • It is resistant to Ultraviolet rays

Things We Didn't Liked

  • Needs pressure to adhere as well as heat to activate it.
  • Becomes difficult to remove if left for too long on the surface

 6. XFasten Professional Blue Painters Tape

One great feature of this XFasten professional blue tape is the ability to prevent paint from bleeding as well as delivering sharp painting lines. It is an excellent quality tape because as much as many tapes can work well on a variety of surfaces; not all are an excellent choice for subtle surfaces. However, this tape will work well on such areas as well as remain on the surface for as long as 60 days.

You can, therefore, comfortably use it on your tiles, glass, and canvas, and porcelain, metal or textured surfaces.

Where you need a fine painting line that is seamless, for example, car surfaces that are glossy; this tape will work perfectly well. Though it is aggressive to stick long enough, it will still leave a residue free surface the day you remove it. You can buy it for commercial purposes or household use.

It works well even in hot temperatures since it is resilient to moisture, UV lights, and humidity. Any tape that curls on your hands after cutting can cause a lot of untidiness on your work. Thank God; this is not the case with this tape since it has the potential to resist curls. It, therefore, becomes a perfect choice for any painter.When applying it, you need to use some pressure so that it can stick firmly.

Things We Liked

  • Leaves a clean surface once removed
  • Contains anti-bleeding properties that make it ideal for both light and heavy tasks
  • Offers excellent painting lines
  • Works perfectly well even on exposure to direct sunlight.
  • Rolls off smoothly and unwinds with no trouble
  • Stays long enough on the surface even up to 2 months after taping
  • Quite effective on delicate surfaces

Things We Didn't Liked

  • Not effective for the watercolor paper since it may bleed
  • You may witness poor painting line edges if you do not apply pressure well.

 7. 3M 1 Blue Scotch Painters Tape

For your large areas of painting or domestic painting jobs, this tape will yield excellent results since it is not wearisome when using. Why? It unrolls easily and sticks easily too. Nevertheless, this tape needs a lot of care when applying to avoid cases of paint bleeding underneath. However, if you are careful when applying pressure on it during the taping, it will stick even for two weeks thus giving your paint enough time to dry where need be.

However, only consider leaving it for that long if you use it indoors otherwise, one week would be perfect if you use it on direct sunlight.

While it may not be cheapest in the shop, it makes your work more perfect in that it leaves a clean surface once you have removed it. Not only so, but it also gives a straight painting line which makes you look like a professional painter due to the excellent finish you get.

The good thing with this tape is that you must not only use it when painting but also when masking. That means it works perfectly well even when you are using vanish and other finishes. It comes with a perfect width to cater for 3D painters too. Need to hang some posters on your wall? This tape will come in handy.

Things We Liked

  • Leaves no residues on surfaces after removing it.
  • Can be used and left up to 14 days before removing it and still have a clean finish.
  • Fast to apply on surfaces and can be used even on direct exposure to sunlight.
  • Works well on any surfaces such as trim, glass, as well as metal.
  • Can be used for industrial tasks as well as domestic ones.
  • Brings out an ideal paint line
  • It comes off the roll very quickly thus making it easy for you to use.

Things We Didn't Liked

  • It may still work fine if rained on, but soaking it in water will undermine its quality.
  • If not careful when applying it, you may have paint bleeding underneath.

What To Look For When Choosing The Painters Tape?

The Surface

The type of surface you wish to apply the tape on is the primary determining factor of the kind of tape you need. This is because every kind of surface, for example, wood, glass and the like will need tapes of different adhesive power.

The tape you use on glass may end up frustrating you if you use it on wood or cemented surfaces. Therefore, the type of surface you will use the tape on is always the top of other factors you need to consider when choosing the right tape.

The Length of Your Area

Both the area and the size of the area that needs protection should determine the size of the tape you need to buy to accomplish your painting task successfully. Well, you may not have used all the painters’ tapes we have around. Therefore, it may not be easy for you to know the size of the tape you need especially if the area you need to paint is large.

So, this is the tip you should use to determine the right size. Firstly, measure the area you will apply the tape on so as to determine the total feet square of that area. Whatever the total you get, divide it by two to get the half. What you get will be your total footage square.

That way; you will now determine with ease the size of tape you need for your work. Again, you should also consider the width of the tape depending on the surface you are painting.

For example, you may need a wider tape for your doors as well as trims. As for glass and baseboards that are narrow, a narrow tape would be a good choice.

The Amount Of Time The Tape Needs To Be On The Surface

Some tapes may peel off before you are through with painting your wall. As a result, your wall may look a lot messy which is so frustrating. Therefore, depending on the time, you need the tape to stay on the surface; you will have to consider the strength of its adhesive.

If the adhesive of the tape is strong, the tape will stay longer on the surface thus giving you enough time to finish up your task. On the other hand, if you don’t need it to stay longer, you can go for less adhesive painters tape.

The Amount of Temperature the Tape Is Exposed to

Temperatures that are too high or too low will significantly affect the effectiveness of the tape. This is because the adhesive of the tape becomes weak hence making it ineffective.

However, a temperature of 50° to 100° is conducive for most painters’ tapes. Nevertheless, some tapes will work well even in high temperatures.

The Cost

If you determine the right tape size for your painting job, you will not end up buying too much tape that will eventually end up not being in use. That will ultimately help you buy only the right size of tape thus saving you quite a lot of money.

The Color

Somebody will argue out that the color of the tape does not matter. Maybe that is true, but I choose to differ with that in some way. Why? I would not consider buying a blue tape when I’m using blue paint on my surface.

You see, that would make me strain in identifying where exactly I have used the tape. So, if you want to make a clear distinction between the surfaces you are painting and the areas you have used the tape; why not buy a different color?

Nevertheless, even as you consider a different color, first consider all the other the other factors. Why? If you are using the exact paint color as that of your tape, you can mark the tape so that you can identify it fast.

This is why I have this factor as the last one because it would not make me stop buying a tape that is perfect for my job just because of the color.

What To Do Before Applying the Painters Tape?

A few factors may compromise the adhesive of the painter's tape. One of such factors, as I have said previously is too high and low temperatures (depending with the tape). However, other factors may cause your tape to frustrate you. That is, applying the painter's tape on dirty surfaces will cause the adhesive to weaken.

The first thing you should, therefore, do before applying the tape is to clean the surfaces you want to use the tape on.

If the surface has any dust, try to use a brush to get rid of that dust. In surfaces like glass, you can use a damp cloth to clean it. Nevertheless, areas that are greasy will need some soapy water. So, depending on how the surface looks, decide what to use to clean it in preparation for the application of the tape.

Now, I should let you know that water too, is a great enemy to the painter's tape.  Applying it to wet areas will not work. So, once you have cleaned the surfaces using water, be patient enough to allow those surfaces to dry before applying the tape.

Where you are going to apply your tape will, of course, determine how you are going to do the taping process. I want to make this review a good source of your information. Therefore, I will focus on how to use as well as remove the painter’s tape professionally. This way, you will eradicate cases of tearing the tape, or removing it recklessly thus interfering with your already painted areas. So, quickly, let me take you through.

How To Use Painters Tape on the Inside Corners of Your Wall?

  • Using the first color, paint all around the corners of the wall.
  • Give it 24 hours or as appropriate to dry completely.
  • Carefully pull your tape up to about 6-inch roll and apply it on the surface you want to mask. Pulling a 6-inch roll helps in getting a straight line when taping. So, apply 6” tape until you mask the entire surface you want. Nevertheless, if you are working on a corner, measure about 1/8 inches from the corner and then apply the tape.
  • Next, seal your tape firmly on the surface by using pressure on it. To correctly seal the edges, slightly tilt a putty knife on the tape and apply pressure, starting on one end of the tape. This pressure is crucial it prevents paint from bleeding as well as make the tape stick long enough until you are ready to remove it.

How to Remove the Tape without Peeling off the Paint?

Once you are through with your painting, the right time to remove the tape is when the surface is still wet.

The reason for this is to ensure that the tape doesn’t peel off the dry paint thus giving a lousy finishing.

Remove the Painters Tape With Putty Knife

Nevertheless, where you need to leave the paint for a couple of days before removing the tape, you will need a high-quality painter’s tape. Again, you will need to use a putty knife to score the tape edges so that you will not ruin the edges.

Remember, you need to remove the painter's tape professionally to avoid messing up your work. Therefore, hold the tape at an angle of 45 degrees and slowly pull it away from the wait/slightly dry paint.

The Wrap Up

Painting makes your walls and other surfaces to look attractive as well neat. However, to have such a clean finish up while you save on the time you spend on your painting work; you need to use a painters tape. Nevertheless, not all painters’ tapes are competent enough to give you a professional finish.

This is the reason you need to be careful when selecting the painter’s tape that is ideal for your painting works. I have, therefore, written this review to make it easy for you to settle on the right tape depending on your needs and the surfaces you are painting.

Nevertheless, even the best painters require you to clean the surfaces to eliminate dirt. Again, remember not to be quick in removing the tape. So, after cleaning your surface, wait until the surface is dry enough to allow the adhesive to work well and stick long enough.

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