Masking Tapes

Utilised most commonly when painting and decorating, masking tapes are an effective way of providing some adhesion whilst minimising damage when the tape is then removed.

Here at Cromwell, we offer a wide range of masking tapes from our trusted, exclusive brands Avon and Senator as well as national brands 3M and Advance Tapes and many more.

What are masking tapes?

Masking tapes are a type of adhesive tape that is widely used in painting, crafting, and other applications where temporary protection or clean paint lines are desired. Masking tapes typically have a paper-based backing and a moderate adhesive strength.

Why masking tapes?

Masking tapes are preferable in applications where adhesion is needed temporarily. They are designed to adhere firmly to surfaces but can be easily removed without leaving residue or causing damage.

When are masking tapes used?

Whilst masking tapes can be used to affix posters or wall decor, its most common application is usually when painting and decorating, to protect areas from being painted or to act as a guide.

Masking tape types

There are several types of masking tapes available, each of which possess key attributes. To help you to find the best one for your needs, we've broken down each type to highlight the basic features of each.

General purpose masking tape   -   General purpose masking tapes are the most commonly used type. They have a paper-based backing and a moderate adhesive strength. They are suitable for a wide range of applications, such as painting, crafting, labeling, and light bundling. bundling, and colour coding.

High temperature masking tape   -   High temperature masking tapes are designed to withstand elevated temperatures during paint curing or other heat-related processes. They have a backing material and adhesive that can withstand higher temperatures without leaving residue or damaging the surface.

Automotive masking tape   -   Automotive masking tapes are specifically designed for automotive painting applications. They have excellent adhesion to automotive surfaces and can withstand the high-temperature environments typically encountered in automotive painting processes.

Fine line masking tape   -   Fine line masking tapes are thin and flexible, allowing for precise and clean paint lines. They are commonly used in automotive painting, pinstriping, and other applications where intricate designs or detailed masking is required.

Considerations when choosing a masking tape

By considering these factors, you can choose the most suitable masking tape for your specific application, ensuring clean lines, easy removal, and protection for the underlying surfaces.

• Adhesive strength - Consider the required adhesive strength for your specific application. Some masking tapes have a stronger adhesive for better adhesion to different surfaces, while others have a lower adhesive strength for easy removal.

• Backing material - Most masking tapes have a paper-based backing, but there are also options with film or other materials. Consider the backing material based on the desired level of flexibility, conformability, and durability.

• Width and length - Choose the appropriate width and length of the tape based on the size of the area you need to mask. Consider the width needed for the desired paint line or coverage area.

• Surface compatibility - Ensure that the masking tape is compatible with the surface you are masking. Some tapes may not adhere well to certain surfaces or may leave residue when removed. Consider the type of surface, such as smooth, textured, or delicate, and choose a tape that suits it.

• Clean removal - Check if the masking tape is designed for clean and residue-free removal. This is particularly important if you are working on delicate surfaces or if the tape will be in place for an extended period.

• Paint compatibility - Consider the type of paint you will be using. Some masking tapes are specifically designed for use with certain types of paint, such as water-based or solvent-based paints. Ensure that the tape is compatible with the paint you will be applying to avoid any unwanted reactions or bleeding.

• Ultraviolet (UV) resistance - If you are using the masking tape outdoors or in applications exposed to sunlight, consider tapes with UV resistance to prevent degradation and adhesive failure due to prolonged exposure.


Is masking tape the same as painter's tape?
Whilst both masking and painter's tape can be used for the same application and are technically of the same ilk - they're technically from the same family and are made with a crepe paper backing, as well as having similar weights - there are differences in the strength of adhesive backing. Painter's tape is designed specifically to minimise damage to walls and to leave no residue behind at all, even if it has been stuck on a wall for up to 14 days.