Knowing what to expect from your materials helps make production more predictable, whether you’re assembling pieces in a factory or putting materials together on a job site. At 3M, we apply the science of adhesion to deliver innovative solutions that helps improve the design and manufacturing processes of companies around the world. Whether you’re looking to mask, protect, seal or otherwise modify surfaces, 3M has a solution for you.
In our extensive masking line, you will find a range of characteristics such as adhesive holding power and line sharpness to meet different application requirements for virtually every industrial application. 3M products also feature:
Featured Utility Masking Tapes
Cost-effective crepe paper tape that holds, bundles, seals and performs other non-critical taping jobs. Controlled unwind to prevent shredding or splintering and tears easily from the roll by hand.
A go-to tape that holds strongly in settings where surface temperatures can reach up to 200°F (93°C). Light tan crepe paper tape has low unwind and sticks to many surfaces, making it ideal for everyday use.
Utility Masking Tapes
Featured Specialty High Temperature Tapes
Ideal for bake temperatures up to 300°F (149°C) or for multiple bake cycles. Superior adhesion to metal, rubber, glass and plastic while removing cleanly in one piece with no adhesive residue.
Sticks instantly to most surfaces, including metal, rubber, glass and plastic, while removing cleanly in one piece. Conforms to irregular surfaces, resists bleed through from most industrial paint systems, improves visibility during the masking process and helps achieve super sharp paint lines.
Specialty High Temperature Tapes
Featured Industrial Painting Tapes
Sticks instantly to most surfaces, including metal, rubber, glass and plastic, and removes cleanly in one piece. Helps achieve good paint lines in low to medium temperature applications up to 225°F (107°C).
Achieves sharp paint lines in critical masking applications where temperatures reach up to 250°F (121°C). Sticks instantly to a variety of surfaces and removes cleanly in one piece with no adhesive residue.
Industrial Painting Tapes
Featured Fine Line Tapes
A highly conformable thin tape that provides excellent color line separation in high-temperature paint processes. Removes cleanly after bake cycles with temperatures reaching 300°F (149°C) for 30 minutes.
A highly conformable, high temperature, vinyl fine line tape for fascia panels, two-tone and other multiple color applications where critical paint break lines are required.
Fine Line Tapes
Featured Outdoor Masking Tapes
Created for ultraviolet (UV) light resistance, this crepe paper tape removes cleanly from most surfaces with little to no edge residue for up to 14 days even after outdoor exposure.
Outdoor Masking Tapes
Featured Industrial Tapes
Durable tape that resists curling and tears off the roll cleanly for easy application in MRO and construction. Removable with little or no residue for up to one month after application on opaque, non-glass surfaces.
Featured Utility Tapes
A hand-tearable general purpose tape with a rubber adhesive and embossed vinyl backing used for temporary repairs, identification, contrast, decoration, securing wiring, bundling, sealing, holding, protecting and more, including applications requiring moisture resistance.
Featured Scotch® Flatback Tapes
A reliable tape, ideal for splicing and paint masking applications where adhesion in high temperature bake cycles is necessary. The orange backing makes this tape great for applications requiring a unique color.
This high performance flatback tape is excellent for splicing liner boards, bundling, holding, reinforcing, wrapping and protecting. Excellent for general purpose splicing at temperatures as high as 200°F (93°C).
General purpose tape with exceptional tack and holding power ideal for a range of packaging and low-heat web processing applications, where adhesion to paper products is necessary.
Scotch® Flatback Tapes
Featured Specialty Tapes
Removes cleanly for up to six months from most opaque surfaces even after exposure to sun and outdoor weathering. Strong waterproof backing resists wear, abrasion, moisture and weathering.
Multipurpose tape proven to work especially well on stucco and other coated exteriors. Removes cleanly for up to one month after UV exposure to sun and outdoor weathering for outdoor masking, holding, patching, bundling, and marking.
Ultra-thick, water-resistant backing resists wear and abrasion while still tearing easily by hand. Designed to provide a maximum-strength, long-lasting solution for even the most demanding heavy-duty applications. Instantly grips many substrates including metal, glass, plastic and sealed concrete.
Crepe masking, fine line tapes and masking films are used for high-temperature masking, end-of-line paint repair and two-tone paint jobs. Duct tapes are used for covering holes and for holding glass windows or temporary protective plastic sheeting.
Crepe masking and fine line tapes are used in the exterior paint process of the aircraft for paper hanging and creating sharp paint lines. Duct tapes and masking films are used in ground applications to protect the landing gear during the paint process.
Crepe masking tapes are used to mask large areas and in two-tone paint processes, while fine line tapes are very conformable for masking irregular shapes and curves to create specialty designs and custom paint jobs. Duct tapes are used for covering holes and temporary holding.
After assembly, a boat is masked before entering the paint booth, for a painting or gel coating process. Good masking solutions reduce paint re-work and minimize slivering when the tape is removed. Masking and duct tapes are also used to protect interior surfaces that are prone to scratches and dings.
Crepe masking tapes are used to mask large areas and in two-tone paint processes, while conformable fine line tapes are used to mask curves and irregular shapes. Duct tapes are used for covering holes and temporary holding.
Masking tapes protect areas during painting and sealing operations, with specialized tapes for stucco application and flatback tapes used to seam temporary floor protection. Duct tapes are used for bundling and for hanging heavy plastic sheeting, and may be chosen for clean removal.
Flatback tapes are used in paper mills for core tabbing, sealing the tail during the winding process and holding down protective layers around finished rolls. They are also used to splice two webs of paper together both at the mill and at the printing press.