USSR vs. USA. Rocky vs. Apollo. KFC’s Doubledown vs. Your Lifespan. Clearly there have been big head-to-head competitions in the past but none of them compare to what we’re about to bring you: THE ULTIMATE TAPE PAINT SHOWDOWN (ALL CAPS means “Monster Truck Announcer Voice”). Try to control yourselves, people; we don’t want any lawsuits on our hands if you’ve had a heart attack or collapsed from excitement. We should warn you – in this post we’ll be pitting Frog Tape against IPG Bloc It Tape against a generic masking tape brand and we will …. wait for it … WATCH PAINT DRY. O to the M to the G! Think you can handle the results? Are you sure? Have you checked your pulse? Alright, read on.
We wrote a Frog Tape review in the past and we liked it overall, but how does it stand up to other brands? IPG’s Bloc It paint tape also claims to create seep-free lines. Will they be as or more tight than Frog Tape? Or will the generic brand be the dark horse the comes up from behind in this competition? To find out, I generously sacrificed my living room wall for the test (ok, so maybe I was going to paint it anyway). I pulled off a strip of each tape and tacked each to the wall. All of them peeled off the roll and onto the wall nicely with no curling or twirling. Full points for everyone so far!
Next, I painted over them with a white latex primer (these tapes are specifically made for latex – not oil – paints), allowed the coat to dry and then added a second coat. For best results, the instructions suggest that you remove the tape while the paint is still wet, so after a quick bathroom break (didn’t want to wee myself from all the excitement), the tape came off.
Each tape brand peeled off easily and evenly with nothing particularly special to note. Some people have complained that Frog Tape is a little too adhesive and can peel off finishes, but I didn’t find this to be the case here.
From a distance, all seem to have done their job. Several clean, straight lines stand before you. But up close? That’s where the story changes.
Our generic paint tape had a bunch of fuzzy little seeps up and down it:
And the same goes for IPG’s Bloc It. In fact, the generic tape performed a little better than it:
And the highly touted Frog Tape? Not a seepage in sight! In fact, the Frog Tape almost has a ridge to the edges:
The analysis: If you just want “mostly” straight, clean lines, the generic brand is fine, but if you’re being particularly anal about clean lines, Frog Tape appears to be the way to go. Oh, and one more painting tip? Never use a paint roller from the dollar store. You’ll end up with what looks like eraser shavings and maggots coated on your wall:
Oh, the things I put up with in the name of science.