This summer has been a busy one for us as home owners. We have done many projects around our home, and one product really helped us in our efforts, and that is the 3M Hand-Masker Pre-Taped Drop Cloth.
The 3M Hand-Masker Pre-Taped Drop Cloth comes in a plastic container, it looks like an over sized roll of scotch tape. There is a serrated cutting edge along one side, and this is quite sharp, so you need to be careful when using this product. It is easy to scratch yourself!
We used this product twice on our home projects. We applied the tape to the siding on our home when we stained our back deck. The plastic is folded up, and as you pull it out from the roll it measures 3 3/4″ in width. The plastic film is very thin, and it occasionally gets stuck on the blue tape by accident, but it comes off easily.
After taping the bottom of our siding (where it meets the deck), I gently pulled up on the film and extended the plastic the remaining 2 feet, then taped the plastic to our house siding. This worked well, and it stayed in place during the staining process, and was easily removed when the deck was dry.
Today I used this product in my dining room to prepare my ceilings and doorways. I removed wallpaper and we are having a mud orange peel texture sprayed on our walls on two days. The 3M Hand-Masker Pre-Taped Drop Cloth was hard to get along the ceiling because I could not see where I was putting it because of the width of the product and the plastic. We solved this by first taping up Scotch Edge Lock Painters Tape, which was 2 inches wide, then applied the 3M Hand-Masker Pre-Taped Drop Cloth to the painters tape. This worked well, and the plastic covered up two feet in depth of our ceiling. We had to tape the other end to assure it would remain stuck to our ceiling.
The tape that is attached to the 3M Hand-Masker Pre-Taped Drop Cloth is a little narrow, and that is my only complaint about it. The blue painters tape measures a mere 5/8 of an inch, so there is not a lot to work with, and not a lot of wiggle room if you make a mistake. Getting it stuck in the wrong place can be frustrating, and this happened to me several times. When I was pulling the tape off the ceiling to reposition it, I found it easily got stuck to the thin plastic, making my work even more frustrating. I had to take extra time to gently pull the plastic from the tape, then try again.
Still, this product saves a lot of time over my having to use a separate piece of plastic sheeting as a drop cloth, the fact that the tape is already connected to the drop cloth is a big help and makes the prep work go faster.