Alternatives to Blue Painters Tape

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In our sunny island of Singapore, blue painters tape are expensive and quite hard to find. So we started on the search for alternatives to Blue Painters Tape supplied MBI.

We thought, why not just use the good old fashioned masking tape?

These are the 3 masking tapes we ended up getting.

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This is the masking tape without branding.

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If you notice, the surface of the masking tape is quite different from the original blue painters tape. The results of using this tape to print was not very good. The 1st layer of prints couldn’t really adhere to the surface of the tape.

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The next contender is SKP Masking tape.

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This brand of masking tape is slightly sticker than “brandless” one. But it is still not as good as the original blue painters’ tape.

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Finally, the Nippon Paint Masking tape. This is the best among the 3 masking tape that we have bought.

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If you notice the surface of this particular masking tape, the surface roughness is quite comparable to the original blue painters tape. The layers were able to stick to the surface nicely. Actually sometimes, we find it too sticky that we had difficulty removing the printed part from the masking tape and some of the masking tape actually gets stuck to the printed piece!

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What do you think? What is your experience of trying different brands of painters tape or masking tape?  Do drop your comment!

Comments 6

  1. This is an interesting article. I’m new to 3D printing and I just got my solidoodle 2 Pro model yesterday. I did have problems getting the print to stick so I’m searching info about these blue tapes and yes they are expensive here in Singapore. I’ll definitely try the nippon masking tape.
    I have a few questions though, how many prints before you need to replace the masking tape? And would’nt it peel of the kapton tape on my heated bed when I remove the masking tape?

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      Hi James, yes. the nippon tape is cheap and good! The tape is so sticky that when we remove the printed pieces, some of the tape would actually come off the printed bed. Usually we would print for a few rounds or until there’s not much tape covering the printed bed. The replicator 2 doesn’t come with heated bed so we are alright using the masking tape as we don’t have kapton tape covering the print bed. Based on our past experience, the print would stick pretty well to the kapton tape?

  2. hi I was actually looking for kapton tape until I stumbled onto this site. The nippon paint masking tape sounds good! Any idea where I can get them?

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