Typical flat masking tapes leave sharp, clean paint edges when you peel them off. This is fine when the paint line marks the edge of a clearly defined area - like a boot stripe.
But what if you don’t want the masking tape to produce an obvious sharp demarcation? Say you are making a small patch repair that you want to be "invisible", or are spraying the transom of a boat, but don’t want to have to also spray the hull.
Soft Edge Tape consists of a length of very flexible, round polyurethane foam with a rubber-based adhesive along one side. Its unique round shape allows for masking patch repairs and edge transitions without leaving a sharp "tape line" at the edges of the patch, or corner of the panel.
The round shape of Soft Edge Foam Masking Tape causes the sprayed paint to decrease in density as it approaches the contact area under the curved surface - automatically producing a gradually "feathered" edge.
Marine spray painters have been making "home-grown" versions of this tape for years by reverse-rolling masking tape, lengthwise, into long tubes. Now you can get this feather-edge feature in a flexible, purpose-designed tape - without having to spend the time to roll your own.
Soft Edge Foam Masking Tape really comes into its own when spraying hard 2-part polyurethane paints like Awlgrip and Sterling.
These paints are especially difficult to buff and polish, particularly where the tape line from a masked repair creates a second level of paint that you can see...and which must be transitioned into the original paint job to create a “seamless” look.
• Ideal for blending painted areas; leaves a soft edge line
• Use on small repair jobs where you don’t want to repaint the entire panel or side of a hull
• Use to mask door jambs, apertures, and edges in record time
• Unique adhesive allows material to be repositioned
• Eliminates rework due to unwanted tape lines
• Use anywhere you need temporary gap-sealing protection from paint spray or dust
• Many other possible uses
• Sold by the box
Soft Edge tape is a staple of the automotive industry where it is used to fill gaps and eliminate hard paint lines on the edges of painted panels on doors, hoods, and trunks when re-painting them after repairs have been made.