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jaynjay
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USA
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Posted - 08/28/2012 :  8:00:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit jaynjay's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I want to mask off a small gap for painting and I need 1/4-inch wide tape. I don't want to pull off the paint after I spray. I currently use 3M blue masking tape. Do you guys just cut down the 1-inch tape width to make 1/4-inch wide tape?

John

visman48
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USA
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Posted - 08/28/2012 :  9:03:22 PM  Show Profile  Visit visman48's Homepage  Click to see visman48's MSN Messenger address  Reply with Quote
John
Yup thats what I do, cut it down with nice sharp new blade. there is a Green painters tape too, that works well. I use Floquil paints,but I know green and blue work well with acrylics and craft paints its what my wife uses.

Les
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hon3_rr
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USA
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Posted - 08/29/2012 :  12:25:38 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I use the blue stuff and cut as needed. I also at times use drafting tape, esp if using around chalk applications.

-- KP --
Life is to short to build all of the models I want to.
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railphotog
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Canada
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Posted - 08/29/2012 :  06:41:24 AM  Show Profile  Visit railphotog's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Great way to cut masking tape is to place it on a piece of glass and use a straight edge. New blades help too.


Bob Boudreau
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Brunton
Crew Chief

USA
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Posted - 08/29/2012 :  07:29:44 AM  Show Profile  Visit Brunton's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I use it for super-elevation and transitions between different roadbed thicknesses. I found 1/4" masking tape rolls at a good price on the web a few years ago. I don't remember the exact place, but auto painting houses use it extensively. Should be easy to find on line (at least I didn't have any trouble).
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deemery
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USA
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Posted - 08/29/2012 :  09:13:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Check an art supply store, they have masking tapes in thinner widths.

dave

Modeling 1890s (because the voices in my head told me to)
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ELK RIVER RR
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USA
3006 Posts

Posted - 08/29/2012 :  10:21:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I use 1/4 inch tape used in the automotive trade it's real thin blue in color it's a little more in cost but you get a lot in a roll. I also used to use scotch magic and it leaves no edge but remember pull it off towards you. Tom
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closetguy
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USA
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Posted - 08/29/2012 :  5:23:46 PM  Show Profile  Visit closetguy's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I just buy 1/4" masking tape. It's less expensive than 3/4" and I don't need to fumble with cutting strips that way. Also, one you stick the adhesive it does loose its tack. Blue for area's that the tape will be removed quickly. Green for sensitive surface materials. If you leave blue on to long it will become semi-permanent. I've seen that a lot when painters mask off window glass and than wait weeks to remove the tape. You can buy tape from 1/16" widths in rolls.
Mike M
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Jim from Valencia CA
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USA
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Posted - 08/29/2012 :  5:31:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I take the blue tape and cut it to whatever width I need. Like Bob said, use a new sharp blade on glass for best results.
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