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Selecting the Right ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape

The Right Tape for the Job

Good masking is the key to clean, professional paint lines. ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tapes are specially designed for optimum performance when used correctly. For an extra edge, look for tapes with Advanced Edge-Lock™ Paint Line Protector. This advanced technology helps keep paint out and produces super sharp lines for brilliant looks and unlimited ways to transform your space.

ScotchBlue™ Tape Selector

Select the area & surface type to find the right tape for the job.

None of the ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tapes are recommended for use on lacquered surfaces.

  • Original

  • Advanced

  • Advanced Delicate Surfaces 2080EL

  • Exterior

  • For a variety of different textured surfaces

  • For painted or lightly textured surfaces

  • For non-textured and smooth, freshly painted surfaces

  • For a variety of different exterior surfaces

Walls & Ceilings

  • Heavy Texture* (knock-down¹)

  • Light Texture (orange peel²)

  • No Texture (smooth)

  • Fresh Paint (24 hours)

  • Ceiling Tiles & Grids

  • Paneling

  • Vinyl Coated Wallpaper, Borders

Baseboards, Window & Door Trim

  • Heavy Grain Wood

  • Smooth Grain Wood

  • Vinyl, Aluminum, Metal


  • Finished, Engineered Hardwood

  • Unfinished Hardwood

  • Carpet

  • Marble, Slate, Stone, Concrete

  • Vinyl, Laminate

Other Interior Surfaces

  • Cabinets -  Heavy Grain Wood

  • Cabinets -  Smooth Grain Wood

  • Cabinets -  Paper or Veneer Laminates

  • Countertops, Tile, Caulk

  • Hardware, Glass, Porcelain

Exterior Surfaces

  • Brick, Block, Stone, Concrete

  • Hardware, Glass

  • Trim (vinyl, metal, wood)

  • Siding (vinyl, wood, non-rough clapboard)

  • *Once you select a tape, please test compatibility before use, as results may vary.

  • 1 Knock-down is a drywall finishing technique in which the surface is mottled with watered-down joint compound

  • 2 Orange peel is a bumpy, textured surface resembling that of an orange peel

  • Find additional painting techniques and learn more about masking a variety of surfaces at

  • *Learn more about masking on textured surfaces, click here.

  • *None of the ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tapes are recommended for use on lacquered surfaces

  • Click here for a printable version of the Tape Selector Chart (PDF, 3.21 MB).

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