Masking tape: What is it and Why do You Need it?

by Joost Nusselder | Updated on:  June 19, 2022
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Masking tape is a type of adhesive tape that is commonly used in painting, labeling, and general purpose applications.

The tape is composed of a thin paper backing and an adhesive material that allows it to stick to surfaces.

Masking tape

Masking tape is available in a variety of widths and thicknesses to suit different needs. When using masking tape, it is important to consider the type of surface you will be applying it to, as well as the amount of time you need the tape to stay in place. Masking tape can be removed relatively easily from most surfaces, but it may cause damage if left in place for too long.


Purple tape: suitable for wallpaper and latex.
Green tape: suitable for indoor and outdoor woodwork.
Yellow tape: suitable for metal, glass and tiles.
Red/pink tape: suitable for stucco and drywall.

If you want to paint a complete room and you want to use multiple colors to paint a wall, you can get nice straight lines with a tape. Also when painting a house outside, a painter’s tape can be a solution. You don’t have to worry anymore. be that you are in the wrong. Because this is just it. Everyone is afraid of failure. If you want to cover with a tape, you just have to do this. The masking itself must of course also be done very accurately.


Fortunately, there are now different tapes for different surfaces. So in summary it comes down to this that you first need to know which tape you should use for what. Then the main thing is that you tape the tape securely. And finally, you need to know how long this tape can stay in place. first the PURPLE tape: the tape is suitable for wallpaper and latex and is only suitable for indoor use. You must remove this within two days.

Second in line you have tape with a GREEN color: the tape is for masking on your woodwork and you can also use it outside. You can leave this painter’s tape in place for up to 20 days before removing it.

The third tape in the row is the color YELLOW. You use this when masking metal, glass and tiles. There are even brands where you can leave this tape on for up to 120 days before removing it.

The last tape is RED/PINK in color and is suitable for masking on plasterboard and stucco, say for the rough surface. You can also leave this tape in place for a long time. You must remove it within 90 days.


The values ​​I’ve been talking about now is QuiP’s painter’s tape. Of course, tesa tape, for example, has different terms for removing the tape. The color is binding in this story. stick, I take it off after half an hour. With tape on woodwork, you can take the tape off after a few hours. So this is how long you can leave the tape in place.

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I'm Joost Nusselder, the founder of Tools Doctor, content marketer, and dad. I love trying out new equipment, and together with my team I've been creating in-depth blog articles since 2016 to help loyal readers with tools & crafting tips.