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I'm a bit of a decorator, in so much as I can go out see a cushion I like in Next, then come home and redecorate a room to match a cushion. I drive my husband insane and I've just stopped asking him! I like a feature wall here and there in wallpaper (which I cannot do myself), but painting wise I'm a dab hand. I always like to see what products will make my life easier, especially when decorating. When I saw this Frogtape, I think I initially bought it just because it was green and I like throwing money away! It wasn't till I got home and started to use it that I realised it was actually pretty useful (if expensive).
So what is it?: well, it's essentially masking tape. But with a difference, yes it's green, which is pretty cool in itself, but the impressive part is that it doesn't allow any paint to seep underneath its edges which I tend to find happens with masking tape.
The tub that it comes in will most likely add to the high price tag. £8 in Homebase, £5.50 in Screwfix or £5 from Amazon, it's worth shopping around. I do think that for professionals, the tub is useful, but for your everyday person who will store the tape in a cupboard or on a shelf, it's probably a waste of materials and costs.
Just over 40 metres in length, it should last a while, it has lasted me for ages, and is so handy to tape around skirting boards, doors or ceilings to protect from paint seeping onto a white ceiling or gloss woodwork, etc. It gives a really professional finish and clean lines. When you remove the tape, it doesn't remove any paint and the finish is superb. You get such a professional finish and looks like you have had the professionals in to do it!
Now the one piece of advice I will give about this product, is you do need to take your time and not rush the application or removal in any way. Firstly, when you are applying the tape, I would recommend trying to apply the tape in shorter pieces rather than attempting to apply in one straight line along the whole of the ceiling for example. We found that it seemed we were applying in a straight line along the wall but when we got to the other end it was wonky. You have to think that whatever line you apply the tape in, the paint will follow that line, so if you have for example a red wall, it's going to be really noticeable. Secondly, upon removing the tape, you also need to take your time, ripping it off in one swift movement like you would a plaster, just isn't going to cut it here! Removing fast will most likely (from reading reviews from other buyers of this product on Amazon) lead to paint being removed and in some cases small bits of plaster. Not a good look at all. However, we had no such problem at all, but I very slowly and gently removed the tape at a rate that probably could have been beaten by a tortoise!
Use this product slowly and it's your decorating best friend, use it quickly and it's your enemy!
Most people have been there, you've got to paint along a straight line, whilst trying your hardest not to get any paint on the piece of glass that the wood you're painting is sat in the middle of.
So before you get out the paint brushes, and the many cloths you usually need to clean off the over spill of paint that you usually get on the glass, you decide to give masking tape a go to make the painting process a little easier, although, if you're anything like me, most of the time that you've got the masking tape perfectly in position it's still left paints 'streaks' on the glass as the paint has found a few places to get under the edges of the tape, which is not what you want at all.
But don't be disheartened, there's now something that claims to be a much better way of keeping the paint from getting under the masking tape edges and, even though it sound like it should be used by a garlic sniffing, baguette munching bloke from that place with the large metal tower that was copied from Blackpool, it is in fact a masking tape with something very new inside it... or so they say.
This masking tape is on fact called Frog Tape and, as the name suggests, is a green colour, although there are two types of this tape, in two different colours so you know what's what.
There's the green one which is Multi purpose, for most jobs around the house. Then there's the yellow one, which is for more 'delicate' surfaces as this one has a less s
'sticky' adhesive on the rear so that it won't 'drag' anything off when you take it away from what you stuck it too, such as wallpaper and freshly painted surfaces.
The tape itself if the same size as most 'paper' type masking tape, being about 35mm wide and quite long when you unroll it, giving you about 40 metres, give or take. It doesn't feel anything like the normal masking tape, it has more a smooth feel to it instead, but it tears almost as easy as the 'paper' masking tape that most painters use.
The reason that this tape is 'different' to the usual masking tape is that it claims to have what someone has decided to call 'PaintBlock' (which is ® apparently), which is supposed to be a super-absorbent polymer which stops any paint from seeping underneath the edges when you use it
Although if this is the case then, in my experience, there are several parts of the tape that this 'PaintBlock' technology didn't stick to the tape as when I used it I had several patches where the paint went right under the tape edges and onto the sections that I didn't want paint to go on... and that's annoying.
The usual masking tape cost next to nothing per roll. In fact I can get five rolls for a couple of quid, and for many years I've managed to get away with using this 'cheap' tape to stop any paint getting onto things I don't want it too. But when a friend recommended this frog tape I though I'd give it a go to see if it was as good as my friend claimed it to be... and to be honest, I was quite impressed with the way it worked, (and no batteries were needed either), although I did have to raise my eye brows when I dipped into my wallet to pay for the roll. For the actual cost of the roll I did think that it could have been better, in fact, for the price I was hoping that it would have maybe done a bit of the painting for me, but alas it didn't.
You know the saying... a bad workman blames his tools, (calm down ladies.. Not that sort of tool), but this tape didn't really make me think it was worth the amount that the shops are asking for it.
I followed the instructions to a tea, finding that using this is the same format as using standard masking tape; stick the tape to the edges of where I didn't want paint to go on, things such as glass windows, walls above skirting boards, dado rails etc. then, using a blunt but flat edged blade, simple scribe along the edges so that they stick down properly and no paint can seep underneath it.
Then began painting...
Once I'd finished painting it was then a matter of peeling the tape off leaving a perfectly straight line between the 'art work' and the part you didn't want paint on.
I usually leave masking tape in place for a few minutes before stripping it back as I've found if you take it off too soon, or straight away, the paint can smudge. Then if you leave it on for too long, or when the paint has dried fully, due to some paints drying in a sort of 'latex/rubbery' way, when you peel the tape off you can peel some of the paint off with it.
The results were good, but not perfect, especially due to the claims of the frog tape and the money I'd spent on it.
Some of the paint had found a way under the tape and had got onto the glass, even though I'd spent a good amount of time making sure the edges were pressed down firmly, so I ended up having to do the usual careful cleaning process to get the spots off. But I do have to say that there wasn't as much as there has been when using standard masking tape, which is a bonus.
As for the price of this tape..?
This is where you could be put off buying this tape, opting for the much cheaper tape from the local pound shop.
The actual price of Frogtape is around £6.00 per roll, which is a lot of money as I said, especially for what it is and the fact that it's only going to get thrown away after one use, plus the fact that it doesn't stop ALL the paint from getting under the skin, which is claims it can do.
Would I recommend this tape..?
For its ease of use and the way it sticks I would have to say yes, I would recommend this Frogtape as it is as easy to use as any standard masking tape, especially if you use smaller strips instead of trying to get one long strip from end to end.
But what puts me off buying it all the time is the cost as I really believe that any masking tape over a fiver a roll is well over the top and should be avoided.
So over all, if you can get it for around £3.00 then get some in in case you ever need it. But if it's Selling for the full price then stick with the pound shop special and just take a bit more care and time with your painting hand.
This is a review about the green 'multi purpose' tape and not about the yellow one which is supposed to be for more delicate work. If and when I try the yellow version I'll have to let you know if it does what it says on the tin... well, on the packaged anyway.
© Blissman70 2012
Having lived in our current house for a little over 11 years now, we're at that point where some of the rooms that we decorated quite early on need a little bit of a freshen up - you know what I mean I'm sure. Anyhow, at the moment the room we've been concentrating on is the Dining room. We're very happy with the wall colour we've got in there as it's a deep colour it still looks good, but the ceilings which were white have dulled a bit and needed repainting.
Of course the biggest problem when you're trying to paint just one wall or just the ceiling is not getting the paint on the other walls that are a different colour. My husband immediately piped up in answer to my concern 'Frog Tape!'.
'Do what???' I replied.
Well it turns out that Frog Tape which is reasonably new to the market is something he'd had recommended to him by a friend, and had already used when fitting some cupboards for someone a few weeks back and not wanting to get the paint he was painting the cupboards with on the walls there.
Frog Tape is bright green - Kermit the frog colour I suppose you could say - and it's designed to specifically prevent paint from seeping under it onto the surface you want protected. It's kind of like masking tape, only, well, better really.
It comes in a tub that's just big enough to keep your brand new roll of tape in. I don't think it's absolutely necessary to have this sort of container, but then I suppose if you carry it in a bag or toolbox anywhere it might get nicked at the edge or dusty or something which could prevent it from working as well so I guess it's not a bad idea really.
Now this stuff is very definitely NOT cheap! In fact at about £4 it costs around 4x the price of a roll of masking tape, but if it really works then I'll be honest, I'd rather pay more and get it right. As it's fairly new to the market, it's also not available everywhere you might look for it either. We've found that both homebase and b&q do stock it however and as most people have one of them somewhere near by it shouldn't be too hard to find.
You get 41 metres on a roll which is quite a lot - more than enough to do a reasonable size room with even if you had window and door frames, ceiling and skirting boards to mask off I'd say, so you do at least get a good quantity for your money.
So, we bought the tape, masked the edges of the room carefully pressing it down so that it was flat to the wall all over - just as easy to do as using masking tape if not slightly easier as this stuff doesn't seem to stretch the way masking tape can when you're trying to keep it straight and tidy - and then we painted... The following morning, we painted again, and then as soon as the paint was touch dry, we removed the tape. (After when I read the instructions, I did notice it recommends you remove and reapply between paint coats, but we didn't do this and it wasn't an issue thankfully - I reckon they just say that so you use more lol).
I was a little worried about how the tape had worked especially as I don't have the steadiest of hands when painting (hubby's a lot better at it, but swears more while doing it generally). I will own up now that I was genuinely amazed to find that we didn't have any bleeding at all under the tape. I don't think I've EVER painted a wall or ceiling or whatever without having some bleed under the tape, but this really does give a completely bleed free crisp and perfect line.
Not only was there no bleed at all, but the tape came off cleanly and easily and didn't lift any of the new paint with it. There were no bits that were hard to peel off or stuck fast, and although it does recommend you remove it straight away (the same as ordinary decorators masking tape does), I get the feeling that with this there may well be far less of an issue than there is with masking tape when it's left a bit too long.
Having used this so successfully, I would highly recommend that if you're planning on doing some painting and normally struggle with bleeding around the edges (particularly if you're using contrasting colours) then get some frog tape. It may be expensive, but if you sign up to the newsletter on the website you can get sent some money off vouchers towards your first purchase, and who knows maybe it'll start to come down in price soon as more people start to stock it too.
I'm no DIY queen but I can do the basic fixes and painting to spruce the house up. The fear of people coming over to the house this summer and seeing how awful it was looking gave me the kick I needed. Off to the hardware store I went. I picked up some paint, sandpaper, sugar soap, sponges and all that fun stuff. Whilst walking around the paint area I saw a stand full of painters tape. Normally I would just use average masking tape but as this one was being advertised and said it was so amazing I thought I'd get some. I think it was the PaintBlock ® technology that sold it to me in the end. There's always a little bit of paint that gets under the tape and has to be chipped or washed off later on so if that could be avoided then great. One less thing to do!
FrogTape® is bright green and comes in a round plastic container. Treated with PaintBlock® technology, "PaintBlock is a super-absorbent polymer which reacts with latex paint and instantly gels to form a micro-barrier that seals the edges of the tape, preventing paint bleed."
I bought FrogTape® multi-surface which means it will work on surfaces such as cured painted walls, wood trim, glass and metal.
Always remember when applying tape to clean and dust beforehand. It won't stick if you don't! I put the tape on in sections as it makes it easier for me to get it all perfectly placed but FrogTape® says to do it this way to avoid stretching the tape. Now find a tool to run along the edging to fix the tape to the surface.
I completely taped up the bathroom and got painting. Afterwards when removing the tape I noticed quite a few bits of paint that had seeped out. My first thought was maybe I didn't stick the tape down well enough. The tape wasn't overly sticky so maybe I needed to really push it on next time. My other half later started painting the front door and used the tape to shield the glass panels. He also had some paint escape. I decided later to put the tape to the test. I taped the left of the window with FrogTape® and the right with standard masking tape. And the verdict is ... Masking tape came out on top with only one leak whilst FrogTape had 4 offending areas!
I know what I'll be buying in future!
© oioiyou 2011