Masking tapes are produced in various grades. Review tape manufacturers’ recommendations and then make your selection based on your working conditions and technique. A minimum
requirement is tape designed for use with urethane and epoxy coatings.
Common problems with tapes not designed for use with these types of coatings are poor solvent resistance, creeping, adhesive residue remaining on the surface and poor moisture resistance.
For striping, a thin plastic tape such as 3M Fine Line® #218 is recommended. Pushing the edge of the tape to be painted down with fine sandpaper, a green Scotch-Brite® pad and/or a plastic spreader will help ensure a sealed edge and a fine, even, no creep line.