Before starting any job involving high temperature masking and painting, it is important that you have the right masking tape. It might seem like masking tape for painting is suitable for a range of jobs. However, there are lots of masking tape types and each has different properties. This means each powder coating masking tape is suitable for slightly different applications. To give you an idea of what masking tape you should choose, read our masking tape for painting guide.
What is masking tape and what is it used for?
High temperature masking tape is predominantly used in the metal finishing and painting industries. Masking tape is great for creating straight lines when painting or masking. Masking tape for painting is also useful when it comes to protecting areas that you do not want to be painted. There are a few reasons why it is important to use the correct type of masking tape when dealing with high temperatures. If you use a masking tape type that cannot withstand the right temperature level, so will not get a high-quality finish. Tape will warp or melt if not used in the correct temperature range.
Masking tape types
Rubber is the most widely used material in masking tape for painting. The rubber adhesive has a strong and reliable sticking property which makes it ideal for a number of applications. One disadvantage of rubber-based masking tape is the temperature resistance. Rubber masking tape has a lower level of temperature resistance than other types of powder coating masking tape.
For better performance under extreme temperatures, acrylic based masking tape is more suitable. Acrylic tape is one of the most versatile types of high temperature masking tape for painting. Not only will it withstand temperatures of up to 150 degrees, but it can also handle sub-freezing temperatures as well.
To handle the most extreme temperatures when metal part masking and powder coating, we advise using silicone masking tape. Silicone masking tape offers the best temperature resistance of any of the masking tape types. The silicone adhesive is effective up to temperatures as high as 260 degrees. This makes it ideal for any painting or masking job that requires high temperature treatment.
How to use masking tape
Using high temperature masking tape might seem straightforward, but there are a couple of important things to remember when applying. Firstly, any surface you are painting must be clean. Ensure that you clean the surface thoroughly and then allow it to dry. Any debris on the surface will affect how you apply the masking tape which could compromise your finished paint job. When you are applying the masking tape it is important that the lines are straight. Use a ruler or tape measure to help you line up the masking tape.
We stock a range of high temperature masking tape suitable for any metal part masking or painting job. Hi-Tek Products are suitable for use in a variety of industries. If you would like to find out more about any of our masking tapes for painting, get in touch with us today. Fill out our contact form or give us a call on 01202 661300.