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Decorators Tape | Painters Masking Tape

Decorators Tape | Painters Masking Tape

What is Decorators Tape | Painters Masking Tape?

Painters & decorators self-adhesive masking tapes come in a large number of variations for every application. These consist of painting tapes designed for DIYers - to get straight paint lines and to be used directly on walls - commercial and industrial painters - which need to make sure the tape contains paint block technology and are more suitable for use with paint sprayers - plasters - to make sure the plaster finish is smooth and flat - to painting tapes that are purely suited for high heat automotive applications, or ideal for crafters, or everyday arts and crafts painting.

Painters tapes vs masking tapes

Why use painters tapes, and not just general masking tapes?
Put quite simply, painters tapes have been specially designed and developed, to block paint from seeping through the tape onto the wall or surface it is protecting.

Consequently, this means that tapes that are designed for painting will give you better results, far less to no paint bleed, and straighter lines. As a result, these tapes give you the professional finish, and most are around the same price or cheaper than general masking tapes.

Lets explore these ranges below.

Types of Painters & Decorators Tapes available

14 Day Blue Masking Tapes

These 14 day blue masking tapes are the professional decorator's choice as this masking tape guarantees clean peel for up to 14 days, and is blue for high visibility. They are ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. These are also high value as they are one of the cheap lines when it comes to this.

These come in the following sizes:

  • 12mm x 50 Metres
  • 19mm x 50 Metres
  • 25mm x 50 Metres
  • 50mm x 50 Metres

Frog Tapes

FrogTapesŪ are a multi-surface low tack tape which is a medium adhesion painters tape, designed for use on cured painted walls, Wood Trim, Glass, Metal, Unfinished wood, Carpet, Stone and other similar surfaces.

We also stock the Frog TapesŪ delicate surface masking tapes which is a low adhesion painters tape, designed for use on Freshly painted surfaces (24 hours old), Primed plasterboard, Wallpaper, Finished wood (Polyurethane, Stain), Veneer / Laminate / Vinyl, and other similar surfaces.

These come in the following sizes:

  • 24mm x 41.1 Metres
  • 36mm X 41.1 Metres
  • 24mm x 41.1 Metres
  • 36mm x 41.1 Metres

Fine Line Masking Tapes

These fine line masking tapes are ideal for custom painting, delicate masking or precision masking or getting a sharp line when masking out for a two-tone effect - especially in the automotive industry and on cars.

We also stock Fine Line - Indoor Paper Masking Tapes, used by construction sector professionals for complex and precision work that require extremely smooth and precise edges, to use on surfaces & applications such as: wallpaper, renovations, touch-ups & finishes, where special adhesive performance and specific "low tack" properties are required in a domestic home.

These come in the following sizes:

  • 6mm x 55 Metres
  • 9mm x 55 Metres
  • 12mm x 55 Metres
  • 24mm x 40 Metres
  • 36mm x 40 Metres

General Purpose Low Bake Paper Masking Tape

These General Purpose Low Bake Paper Masking Tapes are ideal for automotive professionals, enthusiasts and specialists and are some of best masking tape for automotive painting you can buy. This is because these masking tape for cars have a high resistance to paint thinners as well as lacquers; and its ability to be removed cleanly, without leaving any residue behind.

  • 12mm x 50 Metres
  • 19mm x 50 Metres
  • 25mm x 50 Metres
  • 38mm x 50 Metres
  • 50mm x 50 Metres
  • 75mm x 50 Metres
  • 100mm x 50 Metres

Plastering Tapes

This scrim tape has been uniquely designed to meet the needs of professional contractors and plasters.

Using two different types of adhesive - a backing adhesive that forms a layer on the scrim fibres and a new, fully pressure-sensitive adhesive - that is applied to the first backing adhesive - Walther Strong Scrim Tape has been tried and tested in both cold and hot environments without drying out into the glass fibre - so it stays put and doesn't crack.

These come in the following size:

  • 50mm x 90 Metres

Film / Cloth Drop Paint Masking Tapes

These film / cloth drop tapes are ideal for use as both an indoor and outdoor decorators tape. These tapes are 1800mm x 20 Metre Film / Cloth Drop Paint Masking Tape and have a pre-tape protective HDPE film with UV resistant cloth, and the ideal for protection for harsh & difficult surfaces such as stone, plaster & masonry.

  • 1800mm x 20 Metre

Bulk buying options available

If you are looking to buy these painting tapes in bulk, every option we have on offer comes with bulk buying options. Simply put the more you buy, the more you save.

What are painters and decorators tapes used for?

Our large range of painters and decorators tapes are usually used for the following applications:

  • Painting
  • Decorating
  • Masking
  • Plastering
  • Automotive high heat painting
  • Spray painting
  • Arts and crafts
  • As a protective tape during painting and sanding
  • Use on walls, plasterboard, freshly painted areas, vinyl, veneer, laminate, wood and other similar surfaces
  • During renovations
  • Touch-ups
  • Other similar uses

Temperature Ranges

These self-adhesive painter and decorator tapes have a wide temperature range from +10°C to +110°C.

How to use painters tape?

Step 1: Apply the tape directly onto Wall A along the corner where it meets Wall B. For this example, Wall B is the surface to be painted.

Step 2: Secure the tape by pushing it down with your fingers into each "nook and cranny".

Step 3: Run a flat tool firmly down the length of the tape to further ensure it is pressed down into the textured surface. You can also use a 5-in-1 tool.

Step 4: Apply a very thin coat of the original colour of Wall A onto Wall B and along the edge of the tape. This will activate PaintBlockŪ and seal the edge of the tape.

Step 5: Let the paint dry.

Step 6: Using the colour with which you want to paint Wall B, apply a coat of paint along the edge of the tape.

Step 7: Paint the rest of your wall.

Step 8: Run a box cutter or utility knife lightly along the edge of the tape in the corner. Be careful not to press too firmly as to harm the surface of your wall.

Step 9: Remove the tape at 180 degree angle at a slow and steady pace.

Step 10: Enjoy your newly painted accent wall and sharp paint lines.

Questions and answers we have been asked for these painters tapes

Product questions for our 12mm x 50 Meters Outdoor & Indoor Painters & Decorators Masking Tape

Question: Hi, I am looking for a masking tape to stick on some turned steel components while another job is done to them, but need the masking tape to peel off very cleanly as cannot afford to start rubbing and scrapping and risk marking the underneath, would this tape be suitable. Also it usually stays on for a couple of days - Thanks Stephen

Answer: Hi Steven, I would recommend using our blue 14 day masking tape [this product] for this application, as it guarantees clean peel for up to 14 days - Ian, Product Support Manager

Product questions asked about our 6mm x 55 Metre Fine Line Masking Tape

Question: Hi, I'm looking for a fine line tape to use with resin (that's suitable up to 120 degrees) I'm looking to get both 3mm and 6mm, will this product cope with high temperatures? Many Thanks Danni

Answer: Hi Danni, the working temperature of this tape is 150° 180°C so it should be fine for your application Danni - Ian Product Support Manager

Question: Is this tape suitable for masking the grouting between wall tiles? I would like to paint soe rather old fashioned tiles. Thank you, Sue

Answer: Hi Sue Thankyou for this enquiry. The fine line masking tapes are normally used in Automotive applications and so used on high energy surfaces such as metal. I would therefore recommend trying the product for this application but would not be able to advise on its suitability - Ian, Product Support Manager

Question: Can I use Fine Line Masking Tape to re-apply plastic crome car badges to the rear of my car ? - James

Answer: Hi James, no you will need the automotive grade double sided foam tape, try this link - Ian, Product Support Manager

Who are Pressure Sensitive Adhesive Solutions?

PSA Solutions Ltd, are: painters & decorators tape suppliers, based in Leicestershire, UK.

As a masking tape distributor we have a large range of: painters & decorators tapes, in our Leicester warehouse, ready to be dispatched - normally - within 2-3 days.

So if you can not see the adhesive you are looking for contact our friendly sales team for free advice.

Where can I find out more?

To find out even more technical information about masking tapes please see this Wikipedia page.

Product Videos

Demonstrating: Frog Tapes

Product images

Blue painters tape being applied to a wall 14 Day Painters being painted on whilst protecting the wall underneath 14 Day Painters tape being peeled from wall Man wearing Protective equipment spray painting directly on to the blue painters tape Professional painter and decorator hanging from building while painting on the 14 day blue tape
Demonstrating: 14 Day Blue Masking Tapes

Don't take our word for it, see what some of our past customers have said about products in this range.

A sample of the Reviews for some of our 14 Day Blue Masking Tapes in this range

Name: Wayne

I ordered this tape for 3D printing onto a cold bed with PLA. It works really well for that application.
5 stars

A sample of the Reviews for some of our Low Bake Masking Tape in this range

Name: Sarah

Masking tape is masking tape, but ridiculously cheap and good quality. Overall, quick service and good value. I've "bookmarked" you and will be in touch for more soon, I hope! Regards.
5 stars

Name: Keith

Great service, great products, great price. What more can I say! definitely rate as 5.
5 stars

Name: Darren

Hi I give this tape 4 out of 5 as I find it very useful when painting in different environments internally or externally...whether glossing skirting boards to external soffits.... Can use this application when spay painting... For instance maintaining vehicles applying it to a surfaces not requiring paint.
4 stars

PaintBlock technology used in our Frog Tapes

PaintBlock being added Paintblock being poured Paintblock being turned upside down

How to achieve straight paint lines with painters tape?

Step 1: Lay the tape on the wall corner Step 2: Apply pressure to the tape Step 3: Run a flat tool firmly down the length of the tape Step 4: Apply a very thin coat of paint to the tape Step 5: Let the paint dry Step 6: Apply a coat of paint along the edge of the tape Step 7: Paint the wall Step 8: Run a box cutter along the edge of the tape Step 9: Remove the tape at 180 degree angle Step 10: Enjoy sharp paint lines