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Which is better for clean lines: frog tape vs blue tape? I do a side by side comparison in my master bedroom and share the results!
Thanks to my master bedroom’s new paint job (aka “paintover”), I can confidently say that I have a preference for painter’s tape.
I recently saw FrogTape in my local home improvement store and decided I’d give it a try and compare it to the blue painter’s tape (by 3M) we are all familiar with. According to the packaging, FrogTape (made by the folks at Shurtape) has “paint activated micro-barrier” technology that seals tape edges for touch-up-less painting. (Update: I would later see this exact tech in action here).
I “cut in” (so, no tape) when painting the bedroom walls, but when it came to the trim, I decided painter’s tape could make the endless coats of white paint go a little faster. In the interest of simply getting the job done, I mixed both the FrogTape and blue painter’s tape around the room. Whichever was closest to my hand while taping is what I put onto the wall — it’s a big room!
After painting and removing the tape, I saw a noticeable difference in the quality of each brand. For best results, be sure to remove the tape while the paint is still wet.
Scotch Blue Tape Results
The standard blue painter’s tape can get the job done, sure, but requires touch-ups afterward in many cases. I’m dealing with old walls and trim that has never been painted before, so this means a lot of areas where the seal might not be 100% perfect. As a perfectionist, this is not a preferred result!
Frog Tape Results
By contrast, I had far fewer areas that needed to be touched up when using the FrogTape. Even my boyfriend noticed (he didn’t know I used two different tapes). “What happened there? *points to white blotches*”
FrogTape is a little more expensive and isn’t quite as perfect as it claims to be (at least in this old home’s case). But, I can definitely say I saw a worth-the-money difference. There is so much trim in this house that saving the extra effort on touch-ups will go quite far. I’m a fan!
Do you have any preferences with painter’s tape? For even more time-saving techniques, be sure to check out my tips on how to perfect straight lines along trim and corners without using painter’s tape at all.