How to Choose the Right Type of Masking Tape for your Work

by : Muna wa Wanjiru

When painting the house it may be quite difficult to avoid certain areas that should not be covered during the process, and this is when an item such as masking tape proves more than just efficient. With a paper backing, masking tape is so very easy to both apply and remove from a particular surface that one doesn't have to bother too much about its usage. The main property on which this tape relies its the adhesiveness that is well controlled both at the beginning and the end of the process that requires the use of the masking tape in the first place. There are no residues left behind and you should fear no damage to the freshly painted surfaces.

The intensity of the adhesive can be measured on a scale from one to one hundred, and one needs to choose the type of masking tape according to the nature of the process where it is required. As a general rule, the masking tape models classified with a fifty point rating are the best ones when it comes to painting operations. Nevertheless, there are other various chores carried on around the house that normally benefit from the use of weaker adhesive masking tape.

Very often masking tape is used for race cars that need to be painted in a very customized way. Thus, besides the many commercial banners stuck to the car surface, the painted parts exposed need to be as evenly designed as possible so as to ensure a correct air flow. The use of masking tape during the painting process makes the procedure a lot easier, with the mention that for such cases the rating of the adhesive may be lower. Here we should probably remember the fact that the fist models of masking tape ever used had such a strong adhesive that sometimes they peeled of the fresh paint.

Besides the normal paper-backed masking tape, there are other models more specialized in usage and usually required by very delicate operations. Thus the masking tape may include polymer films or polyester films instead of paper, and these models are generally useful for etching, powder coating or for regular electronic procedures. Even more advanced masking paper varieties use vinyl and glass cloth structures for industrial operations. In case a higher level of adhesiveness is required, rubber-based masking tape is usually recommended, whereas models that incorporated silicone in the adhesive part are the ones to resist best to high temperatures.