Chemically Strip and/or Sand: Mask

Masking for Aircraft Painting

As the inventors of masking tape, 3M provides tapes designed specifically for the challenges of airplane masking and painting. Two of the most common: masking metal and composites, and preventing powerful stripping chemicals from degrading valuable parts and surfaces. These metal foil tapes and plastic sheeting deliver the durability, speed and consistency – and the sharp, clean results – that are crucial in aircraft painting.

Featured Products

  • 3M™ Aluminum Foil Tape 425

    Whether shielding delicate parts from heat and moisture, sealing gaps, splicing or masking, 3M Aluminum Foil Tape 425 provides secure protection against exposure to flame, weathering, moisture and UV. Composed of a dead soft aluminum foil backing and coated with pressure-sensitive acrylic adhesive, it’s capable of withstanding exposures from -65° to 300°F (-54° to 149°C). It also resists chemicals, yet removes cleanly, making it perfect for protecting surfaces during de-paint and other chemical masking operations.

  • 3M™ Aluminum Foil Tape 427

    Our 3M™ Aluminum Foil Tape 427 is the go-to foil tape for numerous applications across a broad range of industries. Comprised of a dead soft aluminum foil backing with a highly engineered pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive, it is ideal for heat shielding, heat reflecting, chemical masking, light enhancement, chemical milling, seaming, sealing and de-paint operations.

  • A product image of Vinyl Tape 471+

    Thin, stretchable and extremely conformable, 3M™ Vinyl Tape 471+ is excellent for applications requiring sharp, fine paint lines and ideal for aircraft striping and livery. This paint masking tape is formulated to hold stretched positions without allowing bleed-through, and removes cleanly without ghosting, even after 30-minute bake cycles up to 250°F/121°C.

  • A product image of Plastic Sheeting

    3M engineered this wide protective plastic sheeting with a light static cling that keeps it in place. This makes it easy to cut and very easy to handle – in fact, it’s possible for one person to apply it without assistance. This sheeting also features center printing to help with alignment. Specially treated film holds solvent and waterborne paints, preventing overspray from landing on nearby surfaces for cleaner work and better work environment.

  • A product image of Masking Paper

    Featuring our trusted Scotch® and Scotchblok™ brands, our selection of masking paper is excellent for a wide range of aircraft masking applications. Masking papers are designed specifically to prevent fiber contamination and bleed-through of solvents and other coatings in aircraft painting. They are specially treated for resistance to chemicals and bake-cycle heat.

Additional Products

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