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on: October 12, 2012, 02:09:32 PM
Dont get it, I got 3 rolls for a quid, thats a whole one pound sterling, thought great, that will keep me going, but i have just finished the first roll, and only thinking my god another two to go!!!!!

It just peels off, it is a right nightmare, I staple most my paper now, and just use it for a clean border, but it is a mare, a right pain in the backside. When I have not stapled the paper I have found it had completely slid of the board.

So my hint is, dont go for the bargain rolls, splash out and get a roll that costs that bit more.
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Reply #1 on: October 15, 2012, 11:32:30 AM
I always test the masking tape in the shop by sticking it to the back of my hand. When you pull it off you can quickly tell if it is sticky enough, too sticky or not sticky enough O0


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Reply #2 on: October 15, 2012, 11:47:01 AM
I always take the tape and stick it on my shirt, pants, upholstery...whatever fabric is around, it puts a bit of lint onto the tape and takes just a bit of the tackiness away. As long as I remember to do it I don't usually have a problem then. I still use the dryer when lifting it though...just to be on the safe side.  ;D
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Reply #3 on: October 15, 2012, 11:47:57 AM
I always take the tape and stick it on my shirt, pants, upholstery...whatever fabric is around, it puts a bit of lint onto the tape and takes just a bit of the tackiness away. As long as I remember to do it I don't usually have a problem then. I still use the dryer when lifting it though...just to be on the safe side.  ;D

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Reply #4 on: October 15, 2012, 11:49:56 AM
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Reply #5 on: October 15, 2012, 12:02:21 PM
Pete,

Dunno if this helps, but I got this stuff from ebay and it is great. It cost a bit over a dollar (it is a bulk buy though) a roll delivered and I have no problems with it.

I use it on Acrylics and Watercolours. When using the hairdryer it doesn't lift while painting, but when you go to use the hairdryer to pull the tape off, it comes off nice and easy and doesn't tear that delicate watercolour paper either.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/36-ROLLS-AUTO-CAR-TAPE-18mm-x-50m-HIGH-TEMPERATURE-MASKING-PAINTING-PAINT-TAPE-/120907274709?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_15&hash=item1c26a299d5

I looked up smith and arrow, the manufacturer and they have UK, US, Europe etc loctions, so I imagine you could pick it up pretty much anywhere.

Just a bit of info for what it is worth.

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Reply #6 on: October 15, 2012, 04:22:54 PM
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Reply #7 on: April 02, 2013, 05:32:40 PM
Yeah, it is a pain in the butt cheeks to have cheap masking tape.  What I do is, I just pull off however much I need and then I press it out flat on my desk and pull it up, then press it out flat again and then pull it up etc.  I do this about 7-10 times
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Reply #8 on: April 03, 2013, 01:50:58 AM
The problem with cheap masking tape is usually,  not the amount of stickiness, but the lack of stickiness. Either situation leads to massive amounts of  :banghead:
I just simply quit buying cheap tape and now spend a few pennies more for the good brands and save myself the frustration. It's just not worth the aggravation.
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Reply #9 on: April 03, 2013, 09:16:50 AM
Another point to remember is that you can also get a low-tack tape as opposed to the normal sticky tape. The low-tack tape is often used by spray painters as the tape sticks just long enough for them to work and it also does not do any damage to the surface they are working on.

Normally it is stated as Low-tack tape and sometimes comes in a different colour such as blue or a green.
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