How Does Duct Tape Differ from Masking Tape?

by | Sep 13, 2021 | Duct Tape, Tape Tips

Two of the most popular tapes, duct tape and masking tapes are used in a variety of applications.

Duct tape and masking tapes are two of the most commonly used tapes in the world. Both tapes come in dozens of varieties, ranging from professional tapes to patterned or colored tapes for DIY projects. Both types have distinct uses, however, and it’s important to understand which tape is best for which situation.

Duct tape

Duct tape is a type of adhesive tape that is used for permanent and semi-permanent bonds with surfaces. Duct tapes come in two different types. The first type is laminated duct tape, which is a combination of film, cloth and adhesive. These layers are bonded together on top of each other to produce the finished product. This process produces a flexible tape that is available in a variety of colors and patterns.

The second type is co-extruded duct tape. This is a newer technology that is made by binding three layers (polyethylene backing, cloth, and adhesive) together through a single high-temperature step. The result of this process? A tape that is stronger than laminated duct tapes — and on top of that, it’s more resistant to aging or environmental conditions.

Masking tape

Masking tapes are a type of adhesive tape that uses a paper backing. Masking tapes are used in a number of applications, including packaging, labeling, arts and crafts, bundling, splicing and more. Because there are so many uses, it’s among the most commonly-used tapes on the market.

Like with duct tapes, there are different types of masking tape. Masking tapes are used for temporary adhesion to surfaces that require clean removal. Painter’s tapes do the same, but are specifically designed to leave clean paint lines at the edge.

Which one is right for you?

If you’re looking for a tape with superior strength, duct tape has you covered. Both laminated duct tape and co-extruded duct tapes are designed for strong, permanent and temporary bonds.

For home and DIY uses, both duct tape and masking tape might suit the situation. Both tapes are commonly used in arts and crafts, and there are a number of guides online to help find the best one for you. And for painting, go with painter’s tape. While some other masking tapes can be used for paint projects, painter’s tape will give you a cleaner removal.

There are times when it is beneficial to use both duct tape and masking tapes together. For instance, you can apply blue masking tape around a door frame, then attach poly-sheeting to the blue masking tape with duct tape. Typically, this is how contractors like to build containment systems.

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