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Frog Tape

Green masking tape

When Mark and I went to pick up the bedroom paint, there was a new type of painter's tape beside the traditional blue stuff. "Frog Tape: Keeps Paint Out. Keeps Lines Sharp. 10% Bonus Length." the advertising read. Plus, it was a dollar cheaper than the blue stuff. I bought a roll.

Bedroom remodel

So did the product live up to its claims? I didn't do a side-by-side comparison, but I'm not sure I'm sold on the Frog Tape.

I masked off either side of the raised ridges we'd decided to paint a darker shade of green about 18 hours after slapping on the final coat of pale paint. But when the time came to take off the took off some of the dry paint behind it as well.

Meanwhile, the crisp edges didn't really materialize (although they might have been a little less blurry than what I would have gotten with blue tape). To cut a long story short, I'll be doing some touch-up work when it's all said and done. Oh well, it's hard to complain about getting to play with paint!

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I have been using Frog Tape for quite awhile now. I really see no big difference between that and the blue stuff. I try to work without it whenever possible. Seems either way I'm touching up anyway. Your room is looking so bright and cheerful! Looks great!
Comment by Pam Kaufman Tue Jan 17 11:00:53 2017


Most tapes recommend removal by pulling the tape back on itself, not up.

Some people also recommend removing the tape before it is fully dry to reduce "lift off" of edges.

Not sure if you were already doing these...

I love the blog. I live vicariously through your blog.

Don Falls Church, VA

Comment by Don Wed Jan 18 10:43:35 2017

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