Updated: 4/7/2023. I still like the Blue & Purple masking tape shown here. However, I almost never use them. Most of the time I now use the “Dick Blick” masking tape shown below. I have decided that it looks and feels cheap but it really works a lot better than your run of the mill cheap masking tape.
You can live the Blick tape on things for a while and it still comes off. Like days. Maybe a week. Not months. It is thin but it does a good job blocking paint when you spray pain or airbrush things. See my Good Cheap Masking Tape blog entry for more info.
I recently started using the new Purple masking tape. I like it. It works good on top of a layer of sealer. You can easily remove it with no residue left behind.
The tape is made by 3M Scotch “Delicate Surface Painter’s Tape #2080”. Look for the 2080 number!
Blue Painters Tape
I was using 3M “Edge Lock Self-Release” blue painters tape that was recommended by Nick Agar. I think it has now been replaced by 3M Scotch Blue “#2093 Sharp Lines” tape.
I am not really sure which tape I like better. Blue or Purple. I am sort of leaning towards the purple. Prices vary all over the place from time to time and store to store. Thus it is hard to say which is more expensive.
Click on photo for a nice table that summarizes Scotch brand painters tapes.
Cheap Masking Tape
I still use cheap masking tape for low end applications.
For cheap tape, I like the “Blick Masking Tape” from www.dickblick.com. I would not go out of my way to get this tape. When I order something else from Blick, I get some. Beware, this tape really feels cheap. It is a little thinner than run of the mill masking tape from big box stores. But it still works ok.
The Almost Finished Piece