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3M™ Precision Poly Tape

Masking tape redefined.

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Prep work is tiresome, tedious and time consuming. Paper tape can sliver, leave adhesive residue and cause tape tracking or ghosting. 3M™ Precision Poly Tape is thin, highly conformable, UV resistant and waterproof. It lasts longer, is more durable and conforms to curves and body lines more precisely than any paper tape.1 Now you can stop working around your tape and let your tape work for you.

Finally, a tape that works for you.

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    UV resistance allows for 7-day clean removal.

    UV resistance and a unique adhesive construct let you leave tape on for a full week before risk of adhesive transfer, tape tracking, ghosting or slivering.

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    Waterproof backing helps prevent deterioration.

    Wet sand, buff, paint or wash your vehicle without the tape backing deteriorating, and store vehicles in the rain without worrying about difficult tape removal.

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    Highly conformable.

    Poly-film backing conforms and stretches around curves and intricate body lines. No need to use extra pieces to “make the tape work.” Indicator lines show you when the tape is stretched too far.

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    Straight tear

    A quick-snap straight tear leaves a clean and professional edge without the need for razor blades or additional tools.

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    Sharp paint lines

    Thin and conformable backing means sharp, precise paint lines for striping, colour separation and complex designs.

When you get one pass, 3M™ Precision Poly Tape helps you stick it right the first time.

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    Paper-backed tape has been the industry standard for nearly a century. Now, after years of rigorous testing and development, 3M scientists have capitalized on advances in microreplication technology to create a tape made from stretchable, conformable polyethylene material.1

    Where paper tape can be fussy and finicky, requiring frequent overtaping for proper coverage, and prompt removal to avoid slivering, leaving an adhesive residue or causing tape tracking or ghosting, 3M™ Precision Poly Tape is different. With its advanced polymeric material and unique adhesive properties, it applies more smoothly, conforms more precisely and releases more cleanly3 – so you can be more flexible, versatile, accurate and efficient in your painting process.

How to straight tear.

Paper tape tears easily but messily, often leaving an unusable tail. Poly tape tears sharply and cleanly in a precise, straight line – but it tears in a different way than traditional tapes. Decide which method works best for you.

  • Method 1: Pinch tear

    Using both hands, pinch tape with thumbs and index fingers and sharply pull away with one hand. The pinch tear is ideal when you are working with smaller pieces of tape.

  • Method 2: Snap tear

    Use your thumb to secure the tape to the roll at the tear point. Grasp the tape between your thumb and forefinger with your other hand and quickly snap the tape by pulling quickly at a 45° angle.

  • Method 3: Tearing on a surface

    Apply tape while still on the roll. At the tear point, press the tape firmly to the surface with your thumb to secure it. With your other hand, snap the roll away from the applied tape.

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Six rolls of purple 3M™ Precision Poly Tape in increasing thicknesses.

A size for any task.

From general masking, fine line masking and jamb masking to buffing, wet sanding and headlight restoration, poly tape comes in the right size for your job.

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  • A woman masking a silver sedan with 3M™ Precision Poly Tape.

    General masking

    Developed to withstand the demands of automotive painting and refinishing.

  • A worker using thin 3M™ Precision Poly Tape for fine line masking, creating a flame pattern.

    Fine line masking

    Bends easily for intricate shapes and curves.

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    Forms a lasting barrier that will hold up to light abrasion.

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    Wet sanding

    Resists sanding and deterioration and stays put even when wet.

  • A worker restoring a headlight that is bordered with 3M™ Precision Poly Tape.

    Headlight restoration

    Forms a tough barrier that protects surrounding panels from sanding and buffing.

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    Tape folding for jamb masking

    Folds easily without the need for tools.

Frequently asked questions


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The game changer for automotive masking.

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3M™ Precision Poly Tape helps you stick it right the first time.

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  2. As compated to traditional paper-backed tape. Data on file.
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