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Masking tape is a type of adhesive tape that temporarily conceals surfaces where finishing work is not intended. Soldering, blasting, spraying, coating, plating, and polishing are temporarily protected by masking tapes while these processes are performed on surrounding surfaces. The tape contains a pressure-sensitive adhesive that can be easily torn and dispensed. The adhesive used in the making of a masking tape is the key element since it leaves no residue, which makes the tape extremely useful for carrying out many tasks. Read More…

Masking Tape Masking tape was invented in 1925 and used by the auto industry to paint two-toned cars. It doesn't damage newly painted surfaces or leave behind unwanted residue, making it exceedingly useful for painters when they mark off areas that should not be painted and paint straight edges.
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Hickory, NC  |  800-237-6079

Carolina Tape & Supply Co. is a distributor & custom tapes converter offering 100% satisfaction. As one of the leading tape suppliers in the nation, Carolina offers an array of quality products & services to your company.

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Lake Villa, IL  |  800-461-4161

CS Hyde is a leading distributor and converter that supplies a wide variety of high performance tapes with pressure sensitive adhesive. Our tape is available in materials such as Teflon™ Fluoroplastic, Kapton®, UHMW, Silicone, and many more. Since our fouding in 1996, our team at CS Hyde has continued to be committed to our customers and building long-term relationships by providing top quality products and unparalleled service.

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CS Hyde Company $$$

Franklin, WI  |  800-556-7188

CFS is an ISO 9001:2015, 3M™ Preferred Converter with a large inventory of industrial masking tape products, including high temperature polyester tapes, polyimide tape, and crepe tapes. Our tapes can be used for powder coating, e-coating, anodizing, and many other applications. As a 3M™ Preferred Converter, we can custom slit or die-cut most of our tapes to your desired specifications. CFS supplies many diverse industries including agriculture, aerospace, military, electronics, and more.

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New Hyde Park, NY  |  800-882-7348

Tape-Rite, one of the oldest tape converters in the US, offers an extensive line of double-coated tapes, transfer adhesives, surface protection tapes, electrical & thermal insulation tapes, security tapes, decorative tapes & much more. Call today! We are a worldwide distributor of specialty tapes such as duct tape, & secondary services such as custom tape slitting & rewinding done on the premises.

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Tape-Rite $$$

Huntingdon Valley, PA  |  800-422-5558

Using the latest technology available, Converters will design custom die cut shapes and products for your application. We are die cutters of pressure sensitive adhesives, whether they are simple or complicated parts. Call us today for precision die cut parts to fit all manufacturing needs.

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Converters, Inc. $$$

Sarasota, FL  |  800-839-9018

Your advertising demands require our adhesive and label products. Turning your project into a reality with our vinyl tape, masking tape, packaging tape, barricade and warning tape or foam tape, can seal the deal. Our environmentally friendly safety tape products are something you cannot do without.

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NADCO, Inc. $$$
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Masking tape

Components of Masking Tapes

A masking tape consists of two layers:

  • The backing is a thin, moist crepe paper that can be shredded by hand.
  • The adhesive layer can be solvent-free, hot melt, or acrylic-based, depending on the amount of adhesion required.
Components of Masking tapes

Materials Used for Masking Tapes

The backing for the masking tape can be done with several types of material:

  • Paper: Paper backings are one of the most common; they are inexpensive and often made of kraft or crepe paper.
  • Polyester: These polyester material carriers have a high resistance to solvents and have ideal aging and clarity characteristics.
  • Glass: These are enforced with glass or fiberglass particles which drastically increase heat resistance up to 302 °F (150 °C).
  • Foil: Backed by aluminum, aluminum-reinforced material, or lead, metal foil tapes offer high reflectivity and resistance to heat.
  • Ceramic: Consisting of a mix of ABS fibers or some other ceramic textiles, this type of backing is appropriate for extreme heat conditions.
  • Foam: In this backing, an adhesive is covered by a liner in the form of a tape, film, or laminate in adhesive-coated polyolefin foams.

Due to the temporary tape's intent, the chosen adhesive must be carefully assessed depending upon the task. It should be residue-free, which limits the options.

There are four bases for adhesive:

  • None: These are non-adhesive tapes with no pre-applied adhesive on the masking tape roll. These are self-adhering and highly rely on the coefficient of friction to remain sticky.
  • Rubber: The material consists of an adhesive with highly flexible compounds based on butyl, nitrile, and others.
  • Acrylic: These are made of an acrylic substance that, once applied, accomplishes its job to the best of its ability by adhering and having strong shear and peel strength. These are easy to prepare and have a good amount of resilience.
  • Silicone: Consisting of silicone material, some silicone adhesives, while accessible as a pressure-sensitive application, may require air or UV or EB radiation to cure. Rather famous for their resistance to extreme temperatures as high as 608 °F (320 °C), they are quite flexible.

Types of Masking Tape

Plating Tape:

Red Plating tape consists of a polyester backing and a silicone adhesive used on circuit boards during the tin/lead stripping and gold plating process.It may also be used to paint and varnish silicone paper films.Plating tapes can withstand acids, chemicals, and extreme temperatures.

plating tape

Painter’s Tape:

Painter's tape is explicitly made to hide vehicle components that don't need to be painted.Masking tape ensures clean and crisp edges and prevents the paint from spilling, which is why it's now used for all types of professional and DIY painting.

Painter’s Tape

High-Temperature Resistance Tapes:

High-temperature resistance tape consists of polyester film tape with a high-temperature-resistant adhesive.This tape is used in various electrical/electronic device production processes due to its intense heat resistance and electrical insulation.

High-Temperature Resistance Tapes

Vinyl Tape:

Vinyl tape is also frequently known as insulating tape.Vinyl tapes are a type of pressure-sensitive tape used to insulate electrical cables and other conductors of electricity.

Vinyl tape

Masking Tape Specifications

There are two major geometrical factors to consider when it comes to tapes: width and thickness.

Masking Tape Size (Width)

The width of the tape is measured across predefined edges. For example, a narrow-width tape might be used for masking corners or tight spaces, whereas a wider tape might be required to cover large areas.

Masking Tape Thickness

The distance between the tape's two flattened surfaces (carrier and adhesive) is measured in thickness. It is typically measured under pressure using a gauge and represented in mills or thousandths of an inch.

Masking Tape Applications

Masking tapes are widely used in high processes, including thermal spraying, shot anodizing, and electroplating. These tapes are available in many designs to suit their specific needs. Moreover, they are most commonly used to contrast colors and components during painting.

A few more masking-specific applications are listed below:

  • Masking for Chemical Conversion: For chemical treatment (immersion) without leaving any residue.
  • Masking for Metal Coating: Enduring solutions for all, even the most restrictive treatment types.
  • Masking for Varnishes: A solution adaptive to all paints and varnishes.
  • Masking for Mechanical Treatments: Durable and strong film solutions ideal for blasting and sandblasting operations.

Benefits of Masking Tapes

The following are benefits of masking tape:

  • Has excellent consistency and strong adhesion.
  • Acts as a moisture seal/environmental barrier in industrial work.
  • Replaces bolts, rivets, welds, and other mechanical fasteners by providing structural strength.
  • Provides strong adhesive, good conformability, medium or high viscosity, and tape for various temperature stages.

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