Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Product Review:  FROG TAPE

I'm sure you've seen the advertising for this new product which claims to give you a 'sharp line every time' when painting.  In revamping our little rental house, we needed to paint the ceilings, but not the wood paneling, and decided to give it a try.

We chose the multi-surface product.  It comes in a plastic tub container, unlike regular masking tape which is usually shrink wrapped.  The cost per roll was just short of $1 more than masking tape.

Application was easy and quick; it's good and tacky, didn't tangle and stayed put.  It was a bit tougher to tear than ordinary masking tape (it seems thicker to us than regular masking tape), but that didn't present any problems.  We went back over the tape edges to assure they were all down flat on the surface we didn't want painted, too, although I don't think that was necessary.

We painted with latex, semi-gloss paint during cooler, but not cold, weather.  We left the tape on the walls for two full days after we painted just to make sure the paint was dry.

The tape came off easily - sort of.  It seemed to have a tendency to tear mid-strip (we guess it just stuck better in some places than in others).  This was more of an annoyance than a problem; it was reasonably simple to scratch the torn edge free and resume removal of the tape.

And here's the big question...  did it give us a straight line every time; was it worth the extra cost over regular masking tape?  Our experience was that it was no better than traditional masking tape.  Yes, we had straight edges, but they were no straighter than they would have been with traditional masking tape.  Up close, we have the same amount of paint bleed we've always had - from two or more feet away, it looks great.

Watching the videos on the Frog Tape website (http://www.frogtape.com/Products.aspx), you'll notice that the demonstrations of their product are all done on flat surfaces.  We masked molding around a ceiling that has a curved face, and perhaps this makes a difference.

In our opinion, Frog Tape did what it was supposed to do but was not worth the extra cost.


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