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We’ve all been there – you’ve been putting off a DIY job for so long that, when it comes down to it, you just want to rush through it and get it done. This can be great motivation, but can also lead to less than satisfactory results, especially when it comes to painting.
Whether you’re painting the walls of a room, a piece of furniture or the garden fence, painter’s tape can be an absolute lifesaver. Essentially, it keeps your lines clean and your work looking sharp and polished. A crucial bit of kit for any DIY-er, I’ve reviewed the best painter’s tapes out there so your paint job looks professional…
3M is a well-recognized brand for a reason, and they’re my go-to when it comes to home maintenance. Their painter’s tape made my top five list for a number of reasons.
The tape itself is tough and durable, meaning you can use it outdoors and on a variety of surfaces, such as plaster, wood and metal. It also removes easily, without leaving any sticky residue behind.
More importantly, perhaps, it applies easily – you can create sharp lines without having to stretch and reposition the tape as you do with some other brands. This tape is 1.41 inches wide, so it’s good for most painting jobs around the home.
Another from 3M, this Scotch tape is nice and thin (0.25 inches wide), meaning it’s great for more precise, intricate work. Residue can be a nightmare when you’re painting as it can leave the surface with an odd texture, as well as compromising the quality of the paint.
Luckily, this tape promises to leave the surface nice and clean, and with sharp, clean lines. Perfect for all surfaces, including glass and metal, this painter’s tape prevents paint from bleeding.
This is the best tape for painting work more detailed than standard paint-jobs, like creating patterns on bedroom walls, due to the thin width of the tape.
FrogTape comes in at just under 1 inch, making it a great choice for most painting jobs around the home and garden. A budget buy for your toolbox, this painter’s tape promises to deliver clean lines, as well as high durability.
Great for most surfaces, this tape is adhesive but easy to remove once you’re finished. What makes this tape so special is its unique ‘PaintBlock’ technology, which prevents paint from bleeding by sealing the edges of the tape to whatever surface you’re painting on.
My favorite thing? You can even use it on carpet - perfect for painting skirting boards or delicate patterns around the base of the room.
This beast weighs in at 2 inches wide – perfect for outdoor work and garden fences! ProTapes crepe paper tape is thick, reliable and conforms well to all surfaces.
It prevents paint bleeding, as do many tapes, but is also fingerprint resistant – it’s so tough that even using your fingertips to stick it down won’t tarnish the paint underneath. This is the best painting tape for outdoor work as it’s resistant to humidity and high temperatures.
You can also leave your painting project aside for a few days, and the tape will still be stuck in the same place – perfect for procrastinators!
XFasten have pulled out all the stops with this painter’s tape. While some tapes can be hard to unwind, this one is easy to apply and there’s no annoying tape-curling or wastage involved.
Great for use on wood, porcelain and glass, this tape gives you clean lines, as well as a clean surface afterwards. Easy adhesion without any of the messy residue!
It’s a friendly 2 inches wide, so is great for indoor and outdoor work – especially as it’s durable through humid and hot conditions. It promises to keep lines crisp, with no bleeding, and it delivers.
Painter’s tape is an essential for anyone undertaking DIY and home maintenance jobs. Whether you’re painting the kid’s bedroom wall, the garden fence or some old furniture, tape can help you keep your painting looking professional.
Thinner tapes are perfect for more intricate jobs, such as creating patterns and lines, while thicker, more durable tapes are best for outdoor painting jobs. Hopefully this review of the best painter’s tapes on the market will help you get round to whatever painting job you’ve been putting off for so long…