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Masking Made Simple.

Masking Made Simple.

Length, width, colour, thickness, adhesion, strength: when it comes to industrial masking tapes, the options are almost endless. For every application you’re bombarded with choices. We know it can be overwhelming to understand the differences between them - and the impact they will have on your job. That’s why we’ve made masking simple.

Five tapes. Five colours. Five increasing levels of performance.

We have distilled a broad range of industrial masking needs into a single line of easy-to-choose tapes. Ranging from 101+ to 501+, each product level offers an increasing level of performance – from basic, everyday jobs to specialized, demanding applications.

  • Five tapes, built on increasing levels of performance and a common goal of helping you finish jobs worth finishing.

    It's industrial masking made simple.

  • Masking made simple.

Find your true colours.

Meet our full line of Masking Made Simple products and find the right tape for your job.

3M™ Value Masking Tape 101+.

3M™ Value Masking Tape 101+

Our lightest colour for your lightest jobs. Ideal for indoor, light-duty applications like marking, temporary holding, and wrapping.

3M™ General Use Masking Tape 201+.

3M™ General Use Masking Tape 201+

A little darker and a little stronger. Best suited to indoor, light-to-medium duty applications, like bundling, labeling and identifying.

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3M™ Performance Yellow Masking Tape 301+.

3M™ Performance Yellow Masking Tape 301+

Yellow is anything but mellow. Use it for industrial strength bundling, holding, colour coding, and paint masking up to 107°C (225°F).

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3M™ High Performance Green Masking Tape 401+.

3M™ High Performance Green Masking Tape 401+

Green means “go-to” for industrial paint jobs. Ideal for high performance masking, including two-tone colour applications, up to 121°C (250°F).

3M™ Specialty High Temperature Masking Tape 501+.

3M™ Specialty High Temperature Masking Tape 501+

The royal treatment for industrial painting. Best suited to high temperature paint baking, fascia painting, and powder coating applications up to 149°C (300°F).

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An edge being masked with 3M™ Performance Yellow Masking Tape 301+.

3M Masking Tape and 3M Duct Tape

Help make production more predictable with masking tapes and duct tapes that perform reliably and remove cleanly.


  • 1925 Car Masking Tape.

    Since 1925.

    At the dawn of the 20th century auto painters were struggling to create clean lines between two-tone paint jobs. 3M engineer Richard Drew responded with the world’s first masking tape: a tan crepe paper backed with a pressure sensitive adhesive. For almost a century the technology in our masking tapes has continued to evolve based on your needs. Today we’re proud to help you explore new and better ideas.