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Connecticut, United States
Joined: April 02, 2005
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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2019 - 02:47 PM UTC
Frogtape Delicate Surface masking tape. Available at home depot.
Why is it the best price? You get a 2" x 60 yard roll for $9.
Why is it the best for masking? The adhesive has a polymer that locks with the surface to completely prevent paint bleed and leave a razor sharp edge, and the Delicate Surface version won't lift the thinnest layers of underlying paint. It's amazing stuff!
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Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 08:01 AM UTC
Yup, that's definitely catchy.
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Alberta, Canada
Joined: December 11, 2009
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Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 12:22 AM UTC
I would buy jammydog just because of the name!
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Queensland, Australia
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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 11:05 AM UTC
I use the low tack from hardware store to cover large areas, but for the edges the tamiya tape, in case of curves I use the white tamiya for curves, the tamiya tape is called "Washi Tape" if you look under this name you find several brands, mistakenly also called "Kabuki Tape" but Kabuki is only one of many manufacturers (Kabuki is actually the name of a type of Japanese theater), it is still important to buy quality washi tapes, not so much for the material but for the cutting on the edge that if not perfect can leave nasty surprises when you take it off, the best ones usually come from Japan, there is also the Aizu Project that makes washi tape really thin



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Washington, United States
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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 08:54 AM UTC
If you are painting and masking, I found that if I mask with tape then paint clear on the edges, it helps prevent the color coat from bleeding under the tape edge.
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Alberta, Canada
Joined: December 11, 2009
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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 04:44 AM UTC
I have about 6 tapes for different purposes.

I think the safest of the lot is Scotch #2080 #delicate surface" tape. it's almost lavender in color and translucent. releases from acrylics without leaving a residue or pulling (well dried base) paint.

sometimes I use blue painters tape or Tamiya yellow tapes to hold the scotch in place. I've seen youtubers use 3M post-it notes to mask. some cut up bare metal foil.



both of these guys can be a little - uh, intense - but I think that's what it takes to be a good tuber-taper.
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New Hampshire, United States
Joined: June 06, 2002
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Posted: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 - 04:21 AM UTC
Who makes the best quality tape to use for masking for best the price?
Why are they the best for masking?
Is there any alternatives that will work great as well?
Thank you.