As Seen on TV: Frog Tape

“Frog Tape” claims to make painting a room in your home a lot of easier by providing a tight seal around trim and windows. It claims to give you sharper lines and, unlike conventional masking tape, prevents paint from bleeding through.

We tested the product to see if Frog Tape would leap to the top of our "As Seen On TV" test.

The manufacturer says what makes Frog Tape better than masking tape is that Frog Tape is made with a paint block that creates a micro barrier around the edges of the tape, which prevents the paint from bleeding through.

The people who make Frog Tape say that you want to remove the tape before the paint completely dries, because latex paint has a rubbery texture. If you let it dry, you tend to pull the paint off the wood when you pull the tape up, whether it's masking tape or Frog Tape.

To test it out, we put both masking tape and Frog Tape on a piece of flat paneling and painted over it.

The paint bled through the masking tape in a few spots, but did not bleed through the Frog Tape at all. The masking tape didn't do a bad job, but there were some spots that bleeding did occur. Also, the edges weren't as sharp as the Frog Tape. Clearly, our test shows that Frog Tape does a better job than the masking tape.

We give this product a thumbs up, so if you want to spend a little extra money on your masterpiece, get the Frog Tape.

A one inch roll of Frog Tape costs $6 at Lowe’s. A comparable roll of regular masking tape costs $1. You can buy Frog Tape at most home improvement and paint stores.

Frog Tape works best with latex interior or exterior paint. However, the manufacturer says it may work with oil based paints, stains and lacquers, but you should test it first.

Also, if you're doing two coats, you need to remove it and re-mask with fresh Frog Tape since the paint can bridge over the tape a tear the fresh coat when you remove it.

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