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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).

frog tape
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 vs blue tape - blue tape results

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*

frog tape vs blue tape - frog tape results
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!

frog tape vs blue tape

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.

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11 Comments

  1. We did the same experiment in our living room for the trim. With the same results.

    I will never use blue tape again. :)

    ~Chelsea

  2. Just discovered your blog from Young House Love. We painted our master two weeks ago and my sister said only buy Frog Tape. We have textured walls, so it was a must. We didn't have a touch up a thing! And it was our first time painting too!

  3. JessieG, I'm glad you had such a great first-time experience! A lot of this has been trial and error for me, and I honestly wouldn't have it any other way. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at the blog!

  4. I found this website trying to figure out which tape to pick because my work ethic is unapologetically messy. This was perfectly helpful. Thank you for not spending paragraphs and paragraphs on needless information. I’m a fan & now a follower.

  5. I normally use Frog Tape but purchased some Scotch Painters tape because the store was out of Frog Tape. I was disappointed with the results and will never use Scotch again.

    1. I feel ya. I remember when Frog Tape first came on the scene (right around the time I started blogging was when I first saw it really getting marketed about and carried in stores) and tried it out. I know that Scotch has made some improvements to their tape since then, but I was pretty sold on Frog Tape after this test. I’ve since learned a lot more about how to properly paint clean lines without painters tape at all, so I don’t use it as much, but I definitely still go back to it when needed! Thanks for the comment, Robert!

  6. Just for reference your MUST always cut the tape. I will give you a perfect edge. This is because when the paint dries it create a edge between the tape and paint that can pee when the paint is removed making it loo like paint bleed through. A lot using a paint knife to smooth tape rather than your fingers

    1. You shouldn’t have to cut the tape, and I would honestly be pretty unhappy with tape in general if I had to do it that way. There are other methods (this post is older and so I’ll have to update it, something I’ve added to my to-do list). You should just need to press down really firmly at the edge, and NOT wait until the paint dries before peeling it off. I also don’t use a paint knife because my walls have been damaged doing it that way before. These pictures were also not a result of peel – it’s 100% bleed through (which can also be helped by first painting the other paint color first, letting it dry, then peeling your contrast color on top… all of the bleed through usually gets sealed when doing this). I learned straight from the manufacturer at some of their demos on how to get better results (I’m still not a fan of the blue tape though).