What are the features of a good outdoor masking tape?
When painting outdoor or in tough environment conditions, good results are guaranteed when using an outdoor masking tape, a product that boasts specific features to resist extreme temperature, water and wet. In this article we introduce 5210, a product that exemplifies the recommended technical features of a high quality outdoor masking tape.
5210 is a blue masking tape specifically designed for outdoor use. Its features are the ideal benchmark to understand what to expect from a product that has to guarantee effective masking in weather conditions. When you have to evaluate the quality of an outdoor masking tape, check out its technical sheet and consider carefully the following values:
- Dimensional features: this category includes the weight of the tape and the thickness of its carrier. 5210 has a thickness of 135 µm, a value that is significantly higher than a regular masking tape: this feature results in increased performance in the heavy-duty applications that often involve outdoor masking tapes. The weight of the tape is higher, too: 5210 weighs 100 g/m2, due to its thickness and its waterproof material.
- Tensile strength: 5210 features an exceptional tensile strength (38 N/cm), much higher than that of a regular masking tape. Tensile strength indicates the ability of the tape to resist longitudinal stress, and is strictly connected with its elongation capability. SKY MASK’s elongation value is 9%, higher than in a regular masking tape.
- Shear adhesion: this parameter indicates the adhesive power of the tape or, in other words, its ability to hold a weight before coming loose from the application surface. Shear adhesion must be limited in a good masking tape, in order to prevent the tape itself to damage the surface it is applied to. In addition, an outdoor masking tape is not usually required to stay in place for prolonged time. 5210 provides a shear adhesion value of 1,4 N/cm, a good compromise between steady hold, gentleness on the material and possibility to remove the tape without leaving residues.
- Weather resistance: a good outdoor masking tape must not lack some essential qualities such as water resistance and UV resistance, which make it suitable for masking external walls, surfaces and roofs. In addition, the tape should perform at both low and high temperature, depending on the season. 5210 resists water and wet, withstands UV rays and keeps its hold at temperatures up to 110°.
5210 also boasts other remarkable features: it can adapt to irregular and smooth surfaces, it is compatible with solvent and water base paints and provides easy unwind. Due to these qualities, 5210 is amongst the most reliable outdoor masking tapes available on the market.