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Product Details

3M 218 Fine Line masking tape is great for paint striping. This tape stretches for smooth curves and tears easily. Not for extended outdoor use of more than one day. Finest color separation available. Paint sharp, precise lines with clean edges. Resists sticking to or pulling up new paint.

3M 218 Fine Line tape is moisture and solvent resistant. It reduces paint buildup on edges. 218 pulls up clean; leaves no residue.

This tape is used by professional teak installers as a bond break liner underneath teak deck caulking with polysulfide caulk beads. Using a bond breaker compensates for expansion and contraction between wood and caulk.

Available in Fine Line Tape in various widths, and Fine Line Paint Striping Tape with pull-out slits ideal for multi-color striping.

Info & Guides

Technical Information

  • Will give excellent color line separation due to its thinness
  • A specially processed film backing stretches easily for smooth curves, yet can be easily torn by hand
  • 218 has excellent moisture and solvent resistance
  • Should not be subjected to outdoor exposure or prolonged periods of sunlight as tape may become difficult to remove

Reviews for 3M 218 Fine Line Masking Tape

9 of 9 Reviews

April 24, 2021

Excellent!
By Ed from Chesapeake Bay

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I'm a DIYer, painting part of my boat with a 2-part epoxy paint for the first time. This tape is great! Easy to stretch around compound curved parts, tough, doesn't tear, and NO bleed-thrus! Comes up easy with no residue and leaves a perfect line.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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May 9, 2020

Poor Quality Item
By DIY painter from New England

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Bought this item for pin stripping. Tape has poor adhesion and poor paint blocking capability. Hard to work around tight corners. Very expensive and not worth it.

Bottom Line No, I would not recommend to a friend

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November 24, 2019

Not that grand
By JB from L..A.

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Very low tack / adhesive properties. Limited use.


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June 6, 2019

Fine Line for masking the boot top
By Sailing Vessell KaSondera from Merrimac, MA

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You can't beat this product for making your waterline - boot top and any area that needs the tape to stay on longer than a few hours. It leave the cleanest line ever. Make sure you press down the edges good.

KaSondera Boot Top
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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July 3, 2016

buy more than you think you will use
By sandra Jane from st Simons Island Georgia

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the tape is high cost but good you always need more than you think should not cost so much

Bottom Line No, I would not recommend to a friend

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June 20, 2016

Watch Out!
By Bill from Atlantic Highlands, NJ

We have used this for years - bought a new supply for a project and the adhesive on the new stuff is awesome to say the least. It lifts every finish we have put it on - including well cured several years old 2-part paint and varnish. It has caused lost weeks and time repairing the damage. We have now tested it alongside every other tape we have - including gorilla tape and none removes finish like this one.

Bottom Line No, I would not recommend to a friend

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April 2, 2012

Good lines but leaves adhesive reside
By Michael from Chicago

Used the tape to do boot stripe lines. Went on well. I really liked the slight stretch I could get. That really helped keep the tape going on slightly curved surface. No need to break tape and restart in order to keep with desired line. But I am extremely unhappy with this tape. It left residue on areas where it had had some sunlight. Now I have to figure out how to remove residue without damaging the stripes I worked so hard for. This means A LOT more work for me.

Bottom Line No, I would not recommend to a friend

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May 25, 2010

Inlay work
By Jim from Severna Park MD

This tape does a great job of masking off inlay areas on furniture to avoid stain. Read about it in fine Woodworking

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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November 29, 2009

Better than expected
By The wood doctor from Winston-Salem, NC

Used this to tape off the trim on a wooden sailboat. It performed as well or better than advertised. Clean, sharp lines when removed after both primer and enamel had been applied. Only one area where a little superficial wood pulled up. Just flexible enough for the gentle curves needed.

Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend to a friend

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