Painter’s tapes and masking tapes are useful for more than just masking surfaces before painting. They are also quite handy in abatement and restoration projects for building containments, labeling, hanging temporary signs, and bundling.

Masking and painter’s tapes are used when building containments using the two-step, two-tape method. This method involves using a painter’s or masking tape to protect surfaces such as windows and door frames from damage, then adhering poly sheeting to the backing of that tape using a duct tape, which provides stronger adhesion. The painter’s or masking tape is an essential component because it allows containments to be removed quickly without leaving behind any adhesive residue or damage that would likely be caused by using a duct tape directly on the surface.

Important factors to consider when selecting a painter’s or masking tape for abatement purposes are quick stick, multi-surface performance, and easy unwind. Clean removability is a benefit for restoration jobs more so than abatement jobs, but it’s always a good idea to double-check to see if the original surface is supposed to remain after the job is done, or if that surface will be knocked down.

Choosing the right tapes designed specifically for your application in mind can save you time, money, and frustration in the long run.