Buying Guide

Types of Tape

Types of Tape

There are a wide range of tapes that may be better suited for your project than all-purpose masking tape. Choose between carpet, duct, electrical, mounting, packaging and painter’s tape.

Which Type of Tape is Right for Your Project?
floor tape Flexible and highly durable Moisture-resistant, may be used indoors or out Both sides are adhesive Secures rugs and carpets in place
duct tape Available in multiple colors Provides strong adhesion Can be used for virtually any project
electrical tape Available in multiple colors Often made of vinyl and may be UV-resistant Forms a watertight seal Insulates wires and other materials that conduct electricity Tip: Use different colors to mark wires and other components for easy organization
masking tape Available with varying levels of adhesive power; best all-purpose tape May be specially designed to handle rough-textured or delicate surfaces May be used for protection during painting projects Use delicate surface tape on wallpaper, laminated paneling and other finished areas
Specialty & Anti-Slip Tape Double sided tape. Both sides are adhesive Also available in small square foam pads Used for hanging posters, pictures, mirror and other objects on walls
Tape and Wrapping Accessories - Moving Supplies Seals instantly, providing a strong hold Works best with a tape gun and requires a blade to cut Usually clear Used to seal boxes and other containers
painter's tape Often blue in color; available in various widths Comes off cleanly without leaving residue Protects door frames, trim, floorboards and more during paint projects Repainting tape is designed for use on surfaces painted within the last 7 days
Application and Removal Tips


Make sure surfaces are clean and dry before applying tape.

Try not to stretch tape when you apply it, as stretching may cause the tape to lift or break.

Putty knives are ideal for evenly pressing tape into place.


Removing tape too quickly may cause it to break or splinter, while removing it too slowly increases the likelihood of transferring adhesive from the tape to the surface underneath.

Remove tape as soon as possible to minimize problems.

Remove tape at a 45-degree angle; if it continues to stick try a 90-degree angle.

Tape Accessories and Features

Use a tape gun for large projects, and products such as pre-taped drop cloths or UV-resistant painter’s tape to make your painting projects easier.Use a tape gun for large projects, and products such as pre-taped drop cloths or UV-resistant painter’s tape to make your painting projects easier.

Tape guns and dispensers feature a sharp row of serrated teeth that cut through tape easily, saving you from having to get the scissors out and clip every few seconds.

Look for pre-taped drop cloths to cut down on some of the effort of putting drop cloths in place before painting projects.

Exposure to sunlight causes tape to bake onto the surface it is adhered to. When painting or working outside, look for painter’s tape that is resistant to sunlight and UV rays, which will make it much easier to remove when the job is done.