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Masking Made Simple
Masking Made Simple with 3M™ Masking Tapes

With so many choices of masking tape, how do you choose the right one?

Chart displaying the levels of 3M industrial tapes

Since 1925, 3M™ Masking Tapes have helped companies all over the world finish jobs worth finishing. With the most advanced technologies and processes in the industry, 3M now offers the widest selection of masking products. But with so many choices, and so much complexity, it’s time to “Make Masking Simple.”

Now it's easy to choose the best tape to get the job done right!

To win in today’s highly competitive marketplace, you need the right tools. And that includes your masking tapes. So 3M has created a simple, 5-tape system to help you choose the right tape for your job.

Five tapes, built on increasing levels of performance and a common goal of helping you finish jobs worth finishing.

It’s industrial Masking Made Simple.

101 tape

101 tape

The basic tape for basic jobs

  • Indoor Use
  • Light-duty applications
  • Ideal for marking, temporary holding, wrapping, and sealing
201 tape

201 tape

The Tough tape for everyday jobs

  • General indoor use
  • Light-to-medium duty
  • Smooth and conformable
  • Sticks with confidence to a wide variety of surfaces
  • Easy to handle, apply and remove in one piece
  • Ideal for bundling, labeling and identifying
301 tape

301 tape

The dependable choice for industrial performance

  • Good conformability to irregular surfaces
  • Resists paint bleed-through
  • Great paint lines
  • Yellow backing ensures good visibility
  • Ideal for industrial paint masking, bundling, holding, marking, color coding and sealing
  • Withstands surface temperatures up to 225°F (107°C) for 30 minutes
401 tape

401 tape

The industrial strength GREEN colored performance

  • Highly conformable to many surfaces
  • Superior adhesion to metal, rubber, glass and plastic
  • Removes cleanly in one piece with no residue
  • Resists paint bleed-through
  • Creates sharp paint lines
  • Green backing improves visibility and accuracy during paint masking
  • Ideal for high performance industrial painting, including two-tone color application on trucks, buses, trailers, trains, fire trucks, ambulances and airplanes
  • Withstands surface temperatures up to 250°F (121°C) for 30 minutes
501 tape

501 tape

The highest degree of industrial performance

  • Exceptionally conformable to irregular surfaces
  • Superior adhesion to metal, rubber, glass and, plastic
  • Creates super-sharp paint lines
  • Smooth crepe backing keeps your fingers in good shape during application
  • Easy unwind reduces fatigue and improves productivity
  • Ideal for high temperature industrial paint masking applications in aerospace, automotive and specialty vehicle markets
  • Sticks securely through multiple or extended process cycles and up to 300°F (149°C) for 30 minutes.
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