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Who makes the best masking paper & tape? How long will masking tape last if it’s stored properly? It will be stored in a heated & cooled place. I’m asking this because I’m looking to retire in a year. Wanting to buy the tape before I retire if it will last . Should start to work on the car around a year after I retire.



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I keep green 3M stashed away, Keep the climate controlled where its stored.
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If temperature and humidity are controlled then masking tape of any decent quality should last quite a few years. Key is to keep it in the original packaging which helps to stop it from drying out.

I hardly use paper these days - only as a skirt around a bonnet or something, but so long as it's dry it will last almost forever. I do use plastic masking and it's the same. Keep it dry and it will last longer than I will.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 17, 2024 11:09 am
I like 3M Yellow masking tape for general use.
Check around for pricing but here's an example.
https://www.amazon.com/3M-6654-Automoti ... B0036C0PVI

For masking paper, I have been using USC but have also used the less expensive brands as well.
Again, shopping around for better pricing.
https://www.eastwood.com/usc-polycoated ... 38018.html

I find most of the time, I use plastic sheeting. It comes on rolls and can be bought in width from 12' - 20' when unfolded, so you don't have to pull a bunch off the roll to get things covered.
USC Sharkskin in the 12' size is what I have been using.
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I really like the Plastic stuff very easy to use, trims super easy to tape down to car.
Stuff is a bit expensive though.
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Doright wrote:Stuff is a bit expensive though.


The rolls I buy are 5m wide by 120m long and cost around $40AUD ($26USD). That's enough for 15 large cars, so worst case is that the masking costs me about $2.70/car. Compared to paper I'd save at least 45 minutes/car, which works out to be around $75. Stripping takes maybe 5 minutes and I'm using a fraction of the tape I used to.

Most of the time I can strip in the booth and just run outside ready for customer to pick up. Zero overspray and zero dust. For me the plastic is a boon. :goodjob:
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I always cover the car in plastic, but I also always outline my
spray area with paper about 2 ft first.
I don't like the heavy wet overspray going
on the plastic, I worry it may flake off when spraying.
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JCCLARK wrote:I also always outline my spray area with paper about 2 ft first.
I don't like the heavy wet overspray going on the plastic, I worry it may flake off when spraying.


Understand your reluctance. When plastic first came out I did the same, after having flakes come off and land in the job. But the quality of the plastic improved to the point where I found the paper no longer necessary. Might be worth trying a different brand?
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NFT5 wrote:
JCCLARK wrote:I also always outline my spray area with paper about 2 ft first.
I don't like the heavy wet overspray going on the plastic, I worry it may flake off when spraying.


Understand your reluctance. When plastic first came out I did the same, after having flakes come off and land in the job. But the quality of the plastic improved to the point where I found the paper no longer necessary. Might be worth trying a different brand?



Same here. The plastic sheeting when applied correctly works great. No flakes or peeling anymore..
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