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General Q&A

  • What is FrogTape?
    FrogTape® is a pro painter's masking tape and the only tape treated with PaintBlock® Technology. FrogTape was designed for use with latex paints. PaintBlock reacts with the water in latex paints to form a micro-barrier along the edges of the tape. This makes FrogTape more resistant to paint bleeding. ^ Back to Top ^
  • How do I use Shape Tape?
    The product is for single use application only. Remove the tape as soon as you are done painting. For best results remove immediately while paint is slightly wet. ^ Back to Top ^
  • What is PaintBlock?
    PaintBlock® is a cross-linked, sodium-based Superabsorbent Polymer (SAP). Essentially, it is a polymer that can absorb and retain large amounts of a liquid relative to its own mass. Superabsorbent technology has been around for decades and is used in many everyday items, including baby diapers. ^ Back to Top ^
  • Where can I buy FrogTape Multi-Surface?
    FrogTape® Multi-Surface is available at Home Depot, Lowe’s, Sherwin-Williams, Ace Hardware, True Value, Walmart and other fine paint and hardware retailers nationwide. Use the store locator to find a retailer near you. ^ Back to Top ^
  • Where can I buy FrogTape Delicate Surface?
    FrogTape® Delicate Surface is available at your local Sherwin-Williams and Ace Hardware. ^ Back to Top ^
  • Why does FrogTape come in a plastic canister?
    We like to think of masking tape as a tool. You make your tools last longer by taking care of them, storing them properly, and keeping them clean. The canister FrogTape comes in keeps it from being damaged (such as the edges being nicked), and keeps dirt and debris off the tape. You can use an empty canister for storage of nuts and bolts, screws, or nails. It is also recyclable. ^ Back to Top ^

Preparation

  • Do I have to do anything special to my walls before I use FrogTape?
    No, you do not have to use any special techniques when using FrogTape. We do recommend the surface be clean, dust-free and dry before applying the tape. ^ Back to Top ^
  • Can I use FrogTape on a textured surface?
    All tapes will have a tendency to leak on textured or irregular surfaces. It is virtually impossible to fill in the low spots unless you use some specialized procedures or a painter's tape meant for this application. Click here to view our FrogTape® Textured Surface painter's tape. ^ Back to Top ^

Adhesion Time

  • How long can I leave FrogTape Multi-Surface on my walls/trim?
    FrogTape Multi-Surface will come off without leaving a residue from most surfaces for up to 21 days (7 days in direct sun before you paint). We recommend that you remove masking tape immediately after you are finished painting to reduce the risk of tearing fresh paint. ^ Back to Top ^
  • How long can I leave FrogTape Delicate Surface on my walls/trim?
    FrogTape Delicate Surface will come off without leaving a residue from freshly painted surfaces (at least 24 hours), faux finishes and wallpaper for up to 60 days before you paint. We recommend that you remove masking tape immediately after you are finished painting to reduce the risk of tearing fresh paint. ^ Back to Top ^
  • How long can I leave FrogTape Multi-Surface on a surface exposed to direct sunlight?
    FrogTape Multi-Surface is UV resistant for up to 7 days. We recommend that you remove masking tape immediately after you are finished painting. ^ Back to Top ^
  • How long can I leave FrogTape Delicate Surface on a surface exposed to direct sunlight?
    FrogTape Delicate Surface is UV resistant for up to 60 days. We recommend that you remove masking tape immediately after you are finished painting. ^ Back to Top ^
  • Not sticking to walls?
    If you have recently painted your walls, this usually indicates that the paint has not fully cured. Learn more about cured paint. Stretching the tape as you apply it can also cause it to lift off of the wall. Learn more about How-To Use FrogTape. It could also mean that the surface was not properly prepared. Proper surface preparation, such as cleaning the surface to be painted so it is dust free, and priming the wall with a compatible primer helps ensure that the paint coat will be well bonded. ^ Back to Top ^

Usage & Application

  • Can FrogTape be applied to fresh paint?
    For application to fresh paint (at least 24 hours old), we recommmend you use FrogTape Delicate Surface. FrogTape Multi-Surface should only be applied to cured surfaces. In relation to paint, “cured” does not mean the same thing as “dry”. The curing of paint takes place on a chemical level and is not just the evaporation of liquid from the paint. A cured paint will be a solid state throughout, not just dry to the touch. A latex paint may feel dry within hours after painting but factors such as humidity, paint color, and the number of coats will impact how long it takes it to actually cure, typically a few weeks. We recommend testing FrogTape Multi-Surface in an inconspicuous area if you have concerns about your paint being cured. ^ Back to Top ^
  • Can FrogTape be used with solvent coatings or alkyd paints?
    Yes, but due to the number of solvent coatings and alkyd paints we recommend that you test before use. ^ Back to Top ^
  • Can FrogTape be used with or on lacquer?
    FrogTape is not recommended for use with or on lacquer coatings. However, many end users are successfully using FrogTape with and on lacquer coatings. We recommend that you test before use. ^ Back to Top ^
  • Can FrogTape be used in marine applications?
    FrogTape is not recommended for use in marine applications. If you wish to use it for this, you must test it before use. ^ Back to Top ^
  • Can FrogTape be used in automotive applications?
    FrogTape has not been designed for automotive applications. However, we have received many reports of successful use. If you wish to use it for this, you must test it before use. ^ Back to Top ^
  • Can I use FrogTape on a faux painting job?
    We recommend you use FrogTape Delicate Surface for this type of application. ^ Back to Top ^
  • Can I use FrogTape to mask cabinets?
    Cabinet manufacturers use a variety of substrates (solid wood, particle board, etc.) and finishes that range from urethanes, lacquers, vinyls and veneers on their cabinet surfaces. Due to the variety of substrates and finishes, it is always recommended that a test to replicate use be conducted in an inconspicuous area before masking. If there is a good bond, it is fine to use FrogTape Multi Surface. However, if there is an indication of a poor bond (e.g. tape lifting the finish off), we would suggest using a tape designed for delicate surfaces. ^ Back to Top ^
  • Can FrogTape be used in oven baked cycles?
    It is not recommended that FrogTape be used in oven baked cycles. ^ Back to Top ^
  • Does FrogTape work with stains?
    Many end users have successfully used FrogTape with and on stains. We recommend that FrogTape be tested before use due to the number of commercially available stains (both water and solvent based). ^ Back to Top ^
  • Can FrogTape be used with spray paint?
    FrogTape should work for this application. Due to the number of commercial manufacturers of spray paint and the variety of coating compositions we recommend that FrogTape always be tested before use. ^ Back to Top ^
  • Can I use FrogTape on outdoor aluminum door or window frames?
    FrogTape should always be tested before use in this application due to the variety of aluminum and aluminum finishes. FrogTape should never be left up for more than 7 days in this application. The test should be conducted in an effort to replicate the entire process. (Test in an inconspicuous area and replicate taping the aluminum surface, applying the coating and removing the tape after 7 days.) UV exposure and outdoor climatic conditions, which vary depending on location, can alter the properties of the tape. ^ Back to Top ^

Purchasing

  • I am a contractor - Can I buy FrogTape directly from you?
    We only sell FrogTape to retailers. ^ Back to Top ^
  • Is FrogTape available in widths wider than 48 mm or narrower than 24 mm?
    FrogTape is only available in 24mm, 36mm, and 48mm. ^ Back to Top ^