When it comes to masking tape, 3M is legendary. With just about any color available and with all of its multi-purpose uses, any home or company without 3M masking tape would be a home or company lacking the essentials.
With all of the options available in 3M masking tape, they want to cut through the red tape and therefore, have brought you "Masking Made Simple." The following is a guide to help with finding a 3M masking tape that will hold your job together just right.
3M 101+ Value Masking Tape: This is the choice to make for those lighter, indoor jobs. The 101+ masking tape is good for sealing, wrapping, marking, and for temporary holds. It is available in rolls that are 55 m long and in a variety of widths: 18 mm, 24 mm, 36 mm, 48 mm, 72 mm, and 96 mm. When you just need to keep it basic, this is the way to roll.
3M 201+ General Use Masking Tape: This tape is great for light to medium duty use. It will adhere to most surfaces, will remove easily, and will not leave behind residue. This is a great masking tape to have on the job site as it is great for bundling things such as cords, hoses, pipes, and more. It also comes in handy to label things in the home, garage, or job site. The 201+ masking tape comes in rolls that are 55 mm long with the following varying widths: 12 mm, 18 mm, 24 mm, 36 mm, 48 mm, 72 mm, 96 mm, and 1490 mm.
3M 301+ Performance Yellow Masking Tape: If you are looking for the masking tape that can handle all of your paint jobs like a pro, look no further, 301+ is the one! From simple home paint jobs to heavy duty industrial painting, this bright tape can handle it all. 301+ will stick to irregular surfaces, can withstand temperatures of up to 225°F on surfaces, give you a mean paint line, and won't allow paint to bleed through. It can also be used for bundling, marking, sealing, holding, and color coding. These bright yellow rolls of tape come in lengths of 55 m and the following widths: 12 mm, 18 mm, 24 mm, 36 mm, 48 mm, 72 mm, 96 mm, and 1490 mm.
3M 401+ / 233+ High Performance Green Masking Tape: This mean green tape is a painter's dream when working with surfaces that heat things up quickly. It can withstand temperatures up to 250°F and still maintain its edge to deliver you a great paint line. If it's high performance industrial painting you are doing, this tape has buses, fire trucks, airplanes, and ambulances on its resume. It can handle all the jobs of its predecessors and then some. It will give you a great stick on metal, glass, plastic and rubber, will resist paint bleed through, and won't leave behind messy residue. It will roll out at 55 m in total with widths varying at: 6 mm, 12 mm, 18 mm, 24 mm, 36 mm, 48 mm, 72 mm, 96 mm, and 1490 mm.
3M 501+ Specialty High Temperature Masking Tape: This masking tape rolls to the beat of its own drum. The name says it all, 501+ can withstand surface temperatures of up to 300°F. Its superior strength makes it ideal for high temperature painting such as fascia painting, pipe coating applications, and paint baking. Although its backing is extra-strong in order to stick to irregular surfaces, glass, rubber, plastic, and metal, it will still remove easily and leave no reside behind. No quality is spared with this high performance masking tape. It is available in 55 m lengths and widths of: 18 mm, 24 mm, 36 mm, 48 mm, 72 mm, 100 mm, and 1580 mm.
Don't get yourself into a sticky situation when you hear other names in masking tape; just go with the brand that does it best. 3M masking tapes have been a trusted brand since 1925.