Masking Made Simple

“Choosing an industrial masking tape should be simple,” said Matthew Van Vleet, U.S. product manager at 3M. “Customers need to have confidence that they’re using the right level of performance for the job.” To make this happen, 3M is proud to launch a new lineup of five industrial masking tapes – 101E, 201E, 301E, 401E and 501E – built on increasing levels of performance and engineered to perform in most all industrial jobs that require a masking tape.

The new line includes 3M™ Value Masking Tape 101E for basic jobs such as marking, temporarily holding, wrapping and sealing; 3M™ General Use Masking Tape 201E that’s tough enough for everyday jobs like bundling, labeling and identifying; 3M™ Performance Yellow Masking Tape 301E for industrial paint masking, bundling, color coding and sealing; 3M™ High Performance Green Masking Tape 401E for high performance industrial painting of aircraft, buses, trailers, trucks, boats, trains and other specialty vehicles; and 3M™ Specialty High Temperature Masking Tape 501E for the highest degree of industrial performance in high temperature paint baking applications.

According to Van Vleet, 3M’s new five-tape system is designed to help customers choose the right level of performance for the job. Too often, customers use the same level of masking tape performance for painting a vehicle as they use for hanging up a piece of paper on the wall. Until now, most masking tape has been tan, and difficult to differentiate. As a result, customers use the highest level of performance on all jobs, so they don’t introduce risk into their process. With the new lineup of 3M Masking Made Simple tapes, performance levels will be easy to determine, creating an opportunity to drive improvements through choosing the right performance level.

For customers with unique masking challenges, 3M will continue to offer a broad portfolio of specialty masking solutions. But in this world of increasing complexity, 3M Innovation is working hard to make customer’s lives simpler.

New products are available from February 2015; please call for details.

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