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Dear manufacturers of masking tape; [Nov. 27th, 2004|05:40 pm]
Just me.
Would it be so difficult to make a product that

1) doesn't pull off the paint underneath when I remove it (the 2 inch wide tape)
or
2) will actually stick to the surface I'm trying to mask without falling down 30 seconds later (the 1 inch tape)?

It would be really great if you could make a product that combined both of the above features, if that's not asking too much. I have enough problems as it is with a stupid cat (that insists on sitting on her favorite windowsill, oblivious to the fact that its coated in fresh white paint) without battling a $2 roll of tape.

thanks,
lara7
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[User Picture]From: rjray
2004-11-27 05:38 pm (UTC)

Book suggestion

Something to try, with the 2-inch tape. Only if it isn't being used to hold up newspaper or some other masking material:

Take the tape in manageable lengths, and put it on your jeans (denim) first. Smooth it down onto the denim, then pull it off. It should have enough adhesive to stay on the wall for long-enough, but not enough adhesive to pull the underlying paint off.

I do this on my model aircraft, when I have to mask multi-color paint schemes. But if the tape is trying to support weight, even simple newsprint, it might not have enough tack for it.

Randy
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[User Picture]From: rjray
2004-11-27 05:39 pm (UTC)

Re: Book suggestion

I'm going to fucking wipe out my whole Mozilla config directory, if I can't figure out how to get it to quit putting "Book Suggestion" in the damn comment-title field...
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[User Picture]From: lara7
2004-11-27 05:48 pm (UTC)

Re: Book suggestion

great idea! I will try this for the next round of window painting.
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[User Picture]From: colvincd
2004-11-27 08:19 pm (UTC)
Did you try the blue tape? That's the best for painting.
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[User Picture]From: plymouth
2004-11-27 08:23 pm (UTC)
and now they have green tape and purple tape too! the green tape is supposed to stick to hard-to-stick surfaces but still be removable. I forget what the purple tape is. I think it may be like blue tape but can be left on for longer and still come off? I just like all the pretty colors ;)
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[User Picture]From: colvincd
2004-11-27 09:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't know what they do either. I just know the blue stuff works because I’ve painted the walls at my house a couple of times. Also, all the RAs at my college use it to stick stuff the walls because residence life doesn't like repainting them.

Personally, I like to stick it to the man, so I just use whatever's handy, consequences (for them) be damned!
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[User Picture]From: ch
2004-11-30 01:40 pm (UTC)
blue tape is good stuff, indeed, but if you leave it up too long, it will leave a residue when you remove it.
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[User Picture]From: the_autoclave
2004-11-30 12:01 pm (UTC)

the "blue tape"

is specifically painters tape and is v.expensive (over $10 a roll) but works like a dream. i recently painted an 800 square foot apartment on the upper west side, with base boards and angled bits of ceiling over the doors, and a gazillion outlets, toled areas, etc. i used three rolls. great stuff.
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[User Picture]From: ch
2004-11-30 01:38 pm (UTC)
as long as you don't retroactively add:

3) doesn't cost a small fortune

then, try 3M blue tape.
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