Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is FrogTape®?

what-is-paintblock_NLFrogTape® is a professional  painter’s masking tape and the only tape treated with PaintBlock™ Technology. FrogTape was designed for use with emulsion paints. PaintBlock reacts with the water in emulsion paints, instantly gelling to form a micro-barrier that seals along the edges of the tape. FrogTape® helps prevent paint bleed.

What is PaintBlock™?

PaintBlock™ is a cross-linked, sodium-based Superabsorbent Polymer (SAP). Essentially, it is a polymer that can absorb and retain large amounts of a liquid relative to its own mass. Superabsorbent technology has been around for decades and is used in many everyday items, including baby nappiesPaintBlock Logo.

Where can I buy FrogTape®?

FrogTape® is available at ALL good DIY stores nationwide, such as B&Q, Homebase, Asda, Screwfix. Use the store locator, in the “where to buy section, to find a retailer near you.

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Do I have to do anything special to my walls before I use FrogTape®?

No, you do not have to use any special techniques when using FrogTape®. Just treat it like any other masking tape.

Can I use FrogTape® on a textured surface?

All tapes will have a tendency to leak on textured or irregular surfaces. It is virtually impossible to fill in the low spots unless you use some specialized procedures. Click here to visit the How-To section for additional tips.

How long after I paint can I leave FrogTape® on my walls/trim?

FrogTape® Multi-Surface and FrogTape® for Gloss and Satin Paints during preparation can be removed without leaving a residue from most surfaces for up to 21 days (7 days in direct sun).

FrogTape®Delicate-Surface  during preparation can be removed without leaving a residue for up to  60 days.

We recommend that you remove masking tape immediately after you are finished painting to reduce the risk of tearing fresh paint.

How long can I leave FrogTape® on a surface exposed to direct sunlight?

FrogTape® Multi-Surface is UV resistant for up to 7 days. We recommend that you remove masking tape immediately after you are finished painting.

Can FrogTape® be used with solvent coatings or alkyd paints?

Yes, but due to the number of solvent coatings and alkyd paints we recommend that you test before use.

Can FrogTape® be used with or on lacquer?

FrogTape® is not recommended for use with or on lacquer coatings. However, many end users are successfully using FrogTape with and on lacquer coatings. We recommend that you test before use.

Can FrogTape® be used in marine applications?

FrogTape® is not recommended for use in marine applications.  If you wish to use it for this, you must test it before use. We are hearing from many customers that they have used to achieve straight lines on narrow boats and are amazed with the results, again we suggest testing before use as Frogtape® has not been designed for such a use.

Can FrogTape® be used in automotive applications?

FrogTape® has not been designed for automotive applications. However, we have received many reports of successful use. If you wish to use it for this, you must test it before use.

Can I use FrogTape® on a faux painting job?

We have numerous professional faux painters and DIYers that rave about the performance of FrogTape® in faux painting applications. As with any other masking procedure, it is always recommended that FrogTape be tested prior to use to ensure that the surface that FrogTape will be applied to is properly cured and bonded.

Can I use FrogTape® to mask cabinets?

Cabinet manufacturers use a variety of substrates (solid wood, particle board, etc.) and finishes that range from urethanes, lacquers, vinyls and veneers on their cabinet surfaces. Due to the variety of substrates and finishes, it is always recommended that a test to replicate use be conducted in an inconspicuous area before masking. If there is a good bond, it is fine to use FrogTape® Multi-Surface. However, if there is an indication of a poor bond (e.g. tape lifting the finish off), we would suggest using a tape designed for delicate surfaces.

Can FrogTape® be used in oven baked cycles?

It is not recommended that FrogTape® be used in oven baked cycles.

Does FrogTape® work with stains?

Many end users have successfully used FrogTape® with and on stains. We recommend that FrogTape be tested before use due to the number of commercially available stains (both water and solvent based).

Can FrogTape® be used with spray paint?

FrogTape® should work for this application. Due to the number of commercial manufacturers of spray paint and the variety of coating compositions we recommend that FrogTape always be tested before use. Plus don’t forget FrogTape® works best with water based products.

Can I use FrogTape® on outdoor aluminum door or window frames?

FrogTape® should always be tested before use in this application due to the variety of aluminum and aluminum finishes. FrogTape should never be left up for more than 7 days in this application. The test should be conducted in an effort to replicate the entire process. (Test in an inconspicuous area and replicate taping the aluminum surface, applying the coating and removing the tape after 7 days.) UV exposure and outdoor climatic conditions, which vary depending on location, can alter the properties of the tape.

FrogTape® isn’t sticking to my walls – What’s the problem?

If you have recently painted your walls, this usually indicates that the paint has not fully cured. Stretching the tape as you apply it can also cause it to lift off of the wall.  Click here to learn more on How-To Use FrogTape. It could also mean that the surface was not properly prepared. Proper surface preparation, such as cleaning the surface to be painted so it is dust free, and priming the wall with a compatible primer helps ensure that the paint coat will be well bonded.

Is FrogTape® dangerous or toxic?

FrogTape® is non-toxic. Used as recommended and under ordinary masking conditions, no known health or safety hazard is present. As with any and all adhesive tape products, keep out of reach of children.

I am a contractor – Can I buy FrogTape® directly from you?

We only sell FrogTape® to retailers and through the wholesale channel.


Where can I buy FrogTape®?

Is FrogTape® available in widths wider than 48 mm or narrower than 24 mm?

FrogTape® is currently only available in 24mm, 36mm and 48mm (Multisurface only) in the UK.

Why does FrogTape® come in a plastic canister?

We like to think of painter’s masking tape as a tool. You make your tools last longer by taking care of them, storing them properly, and keeping them clean. The canister FrogTape® comes in keeps it from being damaged (such as the edges being nicked), and keeps dirt and debris off the tape. You can use an empty canister for storage of nuts and bolts, screws, or nails. It is also recyclable.

Can FrogTape® be applied to fresh paint?

FrogTape® Multi-Surface should only be applied to cured surfaces.  In relation to paint, “cured” does not mean the same thing as “dry”. The curing of paint takes place on a chemical level and is not just the evaporation of liquid from the paint. A cured paint will be a solid state throughout, not just dry to the touch. An emulsion paint may feel dry within hours after painting but factors such as humidity, paint color, and the number of coats will impact how long it takes it to actually cure, typically a few weeks. We recommend testing FrogTape Multi-Surface in an inconspicuous area if you have concerns about your paint being cured.

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