1. United States
  2. All 3M Products
  3. Tapes
  4. Masking & Paper Tapes
  5. Masking Tapes
  6. 3M™ Paint Masking Tape 231/231A, Tan, Roll, Config

3M™ Paint Masking Tape 231/231A, Tan, Roll, Config

  • 3M Product Number 231/231A
  • 3M ID 7100132908

Rubber adhesive provides instant adhesion and resists lifting or curling for sharp paint lines

Smooth mini-crepe paper backing conforms and maintains integrity when formed around a corner

Clean removal from many surfaces following multi-bake or high temperature bake

View more details
Frequently viewed resources
Tech Data Sheet (PDF, 89KB)
Backing (Carrier) Material Crepe Paper
Product Color Tan
Adhesive Type Rubber

Details

Highlights
  • Rubber adhesive provides instant adhesion and resists lifting or curling for sharp paint lines
  • Smooth mini-crepe paper backing conforms and maintains integrity when formed around a corner
  • Clean removal from many surfaces following multi-bake or high temperature bake
  • Strong backing is easy to tear, yet resists slivering and provides one-piece removal
  • Controlled unwind dispenses evenly to help tape more consistently

3M™ Paint Masking Tape 231/231A is a premium high-performance crepe paper masking tape designed to meet aerospace needs in most painting applications, including the use of multiple bake cycles. This smooth masking tape embodies all the features that are desirable in a paint masking tape and designed specifically for the aerospace market.

Image of a worker masking the exterior of an airplane cockpit
The natural rubber adhesive provides instant stick and reliable holding power that resists lifting
Aerospace-level strength and reliability
The natural rubber adhesive of this tape sticks instantly and allows fast application along with reliable holding power that resists lifting. 3M™ Paint Masking Tape 231/231A demonstrates excellent adhesive transfer resistance with clean removal that helps reduce labor and cleanup. Its smooth mini-crepe backing provides excellent surface contact and is also solvent and moisture resistant to minimize bleed-through. A special backside treatment provides a smooth unwind for easy handling and reduced waste. It is easy to tear, which aids in handling, yet strong enough to resist slivering, providing user-friendly one-piece removal.

3M™ Paint Masking Tape 231/231A is conformable for easy masking around corners, over irregular surfaces, and offers easy handling that reduces application time. As a professional grade masking tape, it has the benefit of paint flake resistance that reduces contamination and potential rework, resulting in a professional paint job. This tape can be certified to ASTM D-6123 (replaces obsolete PPP-T-42C, Type I, (CID-A-A-883B)).

The crepe paper backing tears easily, offers moderate conformability, and lifts off cleanly. The natural rubber adhesive bonds well to paper, metal, wood and painted surfaces with reliable holding power that resists lifting and curling. Under normal operating conditions, the tape features one-piece removal and is sliver resistant.

Recommended Applications
  • Large scale paint operations in the aerospace industry
  • High temperature paint bake operations
  • Paint masking for aircraft painting

What is masking tape?
Masking tape was developed specifically to help protect surrounding surfaces from overspray, provide clean paint lines, and remove easily and cleanly when finished. Masking tapes from 3M adhere well, resist solvents or water from the paint, and are strong enough to hang plastic sheeting, yet remove cleanly without damaging the subsurface. The backing, typically crepe paper, can conform to curved and irregular surfaces. The tape hand tears for tool-free application.

Typical properties

Resources

Reviews

Ask a 3M Expert

For industrial/occupational use only. Not for consumer sale or use.

3M industrial and occupational products are intended, labeled, and packaged for sale to trained industrial and occupational customers for workplace use.  Unless specifically stated otherwise on the applicable product packaging or literature, these products are not intended, labeled, or packaged for sale to or use by consumers (e.g., for home, personal, primary or secondary school, recreational/sporting, or other uses not described in the applicable product packaging or literature), and must be selected and used in compliance with applicable health and safety regulations and standards (e.g., U.S. OSHA, ANSI), as well as all product literature, user instructions, warnings, and other limitations, and the user must take any action required under any recall, field action, or other product use notice.  Misuse of 3M industrial and occupational products may result in injury, sickness, death, or property damage.  For help with product selection and use, consult your on-site safety professional, industrial hygienist, or other subject matter expert.