I love stripes. Anyone who has seen my baby rooms knows that I love stripes. Several years ago I was in a Home Depot and saw a display for painter's masking tape called FrogTape. The picture on the front was convincing enough. It showed cleaner paint lines. Even though it was more expensive than the 3M Blue Tape I'd been using for years, I thought I'd give it a try for my daughter's nursery. After pulling off the tape, I was instantly convinced. I'd been through years of using Blue Tape and always had to touch up the stripes I'd painted. FrogTape was a miracle! They were the cleanest lines I'd ever seen. That said, I recommend making sure your walls and trim are clean, free of dust and grease and that after you've painted, pull the tape off right away. As with Blue Tape, it has a tendency to pull off extra paint if you wait more than a day.
I could talk about it all day long, but the proof is in the pictures. I painted another room this weekend and after taping all the stripes, I ran out of FrogTape as I was taping off the trim. I had a roll of Blue Tape in our stash and decided to use that for the rest of the wood trim so I could start painting.
Here's the difference in the same room, taped and painted at the same time:
3M Blue tape with "Edge Lock" technology:
FrogTape with "Paint Lock":
Need I say more?
I've got some trim to go clean up now.