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Forum topic by Blackie_ posted 04-18-2018 07:31 PM 1124 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-18-2018 07:31 PM

Thought I’d let all know not to buy Masking tape from HEB, live and learn.

I was in that isle while grocery shopping and thought to myself, Self you need some masking tape so I grabbed a roll GTC and am just now finding out what a mistake that was, it has no stick, none what so ever, it doesn’t even compare to painters tape.

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#1 posted 04-18-2018 08:02 PM

Wait, HEB sells masking tape? I knew those Tamales didn’t taste right!

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#2 posted 04-18-2018 08:02 PM

Thanks, Randy. It is good to know what work and what doesn’t! I hate when a product does not work and I take it back and don’t eat the cost and just throw it away.

Cheers, Jim

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#3 posted 04-18-2018 08:14 PM

Not sure what the price point was, but “cheap” masking tape, at least masking tape that works, is never found cheap, and for that matter I’ve not found any that was worth a skunk where it wasn’t from a paint aisle, usually in a good store. For some years if it wasn’t one of the national favorites I’ve learned to just let it sit, same goes for Duct tape, well let’s just say tape….......

Sorry ya got burnt.

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#4 posted 04-18-2018 08:52 PM

Hello Randy,

I am not sure if you know of the product “frog tape” some time ago I did a project for my wife and found the stain bled and almost ruined it.
In the replies I had some advice about better proucts and valuable input from other LJs so I set about and did some tests, documenting the results as a blog series.
Sadly the Masters chain of stores where I originally purchased it from have closed but I guess your version of the store Lowes would still carry it.

It may be of some assistance to you.

I guess you dont need any more advice about buying hardware in Grocery stores sometimes can be a bit dodgy, as painters tape is a specality item and needs a bit of WW know how to find the correct product.

For Example:
My son used common garden variety masking tape to mask up all his polished floors before painting the skirting, only to find after removing it the paint had bled through the back of the tape onto the poilshed floor!
No doubt some mutterings went on as he had to go around and clean it all off later!

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#5 posted 04-18-2018 11:17 PM

I have no idea what HEB nor GTC is but if I desire more sticky masking tape (blue), I buy the Dollar General brand. That “cheap stuff” is awesome.

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#6 posted 04-19-2018 12:59 AM

Blackie, I haven’t heard HEB in decades! My grandparents lived in Harlingen, TX when I was a kid. You brought back a flood of memories. Thanks for giving me something to smile about.

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#7 posted 04-19-2018 01:42 AM

HEB must be code for bad cheap tape.

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#8 posted 04-19-2018 11:59 AM

HEB must be a Texas thing only. I guess not everything is great in Texas either, we’ll just have e to give HEB the boot.

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#9 posted 04-19-2018 12:01 PM

Blackie – just how much did you pay for this roll of tape ??

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#10 posted 04-19-2018 12:10 PM

I don’t remember John.

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#11 posted 04-19-2018 12:20 PM

HEB=H.E. Butts.
That’s if I remember correctly.

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#12 posted 04-19-2018 06:12 PM

My parents used to go to Edinburg Texas in the winter, escaping Minnesota snow, and they introduced us to HEB.
We spent several Christmases with them while we were escaping the Illinois winters.

I have used the 3M Blue painters tape and Frog tape when painting but never tried either with stain.
Like many others I no longer use masking tape for what it’s name implies as it dries out and leaves a horrible residue.

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#13 posted 04-19-2018 11:44 PM

Really good cheap masking tape. I do not use it to seal edges often but it does a great job with paint. I found it some years ago at my local small hardware store. The name is Tartan. Roll is 60yds X .70” wide for $1.29. It is made by 3M. This tape is very tough, thin, strong, stretchy and can be used to actually pull parts together to clamp for gluing. It is difficult to remove if left on too long. Alcohol cleans it well. I use it for something everyday. Hope this helps someone looking.

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