In the hustle and bustle on the plant floor, it’s easy to overlook small details like masking tape. But don’t be deceived.
Behind that humble roll of 3M tape is almost a century of R&D inspired by the people who use it.
Whether you’re baking a coat of paint, bundling cords, or labeling a box, 3M Industrial Masking Tape has been thoughtfully formulated to go on easy, hold on tight, and remove cleanly.
It’s a tradition that has been proudly championed for almost a hundred years, starting with the invention of masking tape in 1925 by 3M’s Richard G. Drew.
William L. McKnight marked the production of 3M's two-billionth role of tape in 1957. McKnight, left, is pictured with Herbert Buetow, 3M president, and Richard G. Drew, inventor of 3M's Scotch brand trans-parent tape and masking tape.
Masking tape: created to customize your ride: 1920’s style
If you’d like to appreciate how far 3M Industrial Masking Tape has come, it makes sense to start at the beginning: in 1925.
The ‘roaring 20s’ were a time of prosperity and big changes, including a shift that made automobiles affordable, everyday necessities for the average North American. With the rise in popularity in car ownership, came the desire to jazz up one’s ride with a custom paint job.
However, for those working in paint shops, perfecting the pinstripe without proper tape was a feat. Sometimes the adhesives stuck so firmly that trying to remove them ruined the paint job.
One morning, 3M employee Richard Drew was on a sales call with an auto shop – showing them samples of a waterproof sandpaper, when he heard an outburst of profanity from the shop floor, sparked by a ruined paint job.
Drew pledged that he would create a tape that would solve the problem.
After two years of experimenting with vegetable oils, chicle, linseed, various resins, glue glycerin and treated crepe paper he created Scotch® Brand Masking Tape. It adhered strongly and still came off easily, without damaging paint.
Customer driven innovation continues to push masking tape technology forward.
The world has changed a lot since the 1920’s. In today’s manufacturing landscape, you’re working with high demands, complex procedures, and advanced materials – and time is money.
3M Industrial Masking Tape continues to provide tapes that meet the task.
From high temperature paint baking and pipe coating to marking and temporary holding, there’s a 3M Industrial Masking Tape for your application. And with our line of easy-to-choose Masking Made Simple products, you can select the right tape for your job faster than ever.