'SnotTape

Paint Barrier

Paint Straight

Dave Gruenwald created his own reusable painters tape after an epic struggle to paint his den. The dark red paint he used bled and seeped onto the white ceiling, and no matter what type of tape he used—and he tried just about all of them—he couldn’t get a clean line.

Leaning on his engineering background, he came up with
‘SnotTape. What’s special about this Made in the USA tape is the gel polyurethane adhesive that lines both edges. It acts almost like a putty, filling in micro-grooves and gaps (that you probably can’t even see) on surfaces, preventing paint from sneakily seeping in. The result is a clean, crisp line.

The gel also makes the tape flexible, so it’s easy to reposition and reuse. It works on many surfaces, from walls to furniture to bricks, and there are different tapes to best suit your project. Thanks to Dave’s struggle, the rest of us can paint sharp lines with less hassle.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Dennis
    Dennis

    Hello everyone! I'm proud to introduce 'SnotTape to The Grommet. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have!

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/4/2016 10:41 AM

    I had never heard of micro-grooves before, as I'm sure many haven't. Why should I and others turn to 'SnotTape over normal paint tape to avoid problems they cause?

  • Dennis
    Dennis – Special Guest
    8/4/2016 11:01 AM

    @Mike

    Mike,

    While most of our communication is about textured surfaces, the reality is that even the smallest irregularity will allow paint to seep and most tapes are not flexible enough to get into those grooves. To some extent, it's not the tapes fault - and those grooves are the nasty little buggers that cause us frustrations when we paint. The gel on 'SnotTape get's in to aggressive gaps, or the small ones you don't see and literally creates a barrier - you'll get a great line, the project will be done faster - and you'll start thinking of what else you can do that you hadn't dared to try before.

    Great question.

    Dennis

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    8/4/2016 10:42 AM

    What has been the feedback from users in their own painting projects?

  • Dennis
    Dennis – Special Guest
    8/4/2016 10:57 AM

    @Mike

    Hey Mike,

    We've had professional contractors, bloggers and the typical DIY users use 'SnotTape, and to date the responses have been overwhelmingly positive. Most surprisingly is their creativity - it's being used in places we didn't expect - painting lines on outdoor tracks, upgrading old furniture and of course, getting perfect lines in tough, but important spots.

    - Dennis

  • Sabrina
    Sabrina
    8/4/2016 10:45 AM

    How many feet per roll and how wide is it? Is the gel adhesive strong enough to reuse on the same project?

  • Dennis
    Dennis – Special Guest
    8/4/2016 10:54 AM

    @Sabrina

    Sabrina,

    The width is 1.25" and it's 75 feet long. And yes, the adhesive is strong enough to reuse on the same project, as long as the original surface was pretty clean. If you get dust or other residue on the gel, overtime the tack reduces. But, I've reused the same tape on several projects and it performed great. It's really a friendly product and makes most projects a lot more fun. You'll be surprised what you can accomplish with it.

    I hope you create something awesome with it.

    Dennis

  • Ingrid
    Ingrid
    8/4/2016 10:48 AM

    ?? this is not a new concept. There is already a product on the market that does the same thing

  • Dennis
    Dennis – Special Guest
    8/4/2016 10:52 AM

    @Ingrid

    Hi Ingrid!

    While the concept of a more aggressive painters tape for texture might not be new, how it's being accomplished with 'SnotTape is very different. The gel on 'SnotTape physically get's into the gaps where most other tapes fail. The smallest gap will create a problem. The gel is what independent test confirm works 50X better. It's different and we hope you check it out.

    Thanks for the comment!

    Dennis

  • Jordan
    Jordan
    8/4/2016 11:17 AM

    @Dennis @Ingrid

    I've used 'SnotTape all around the house (got it at a local store) and it really has worked a million (or 50x, I guess) better than other tapes claiming to be able to stop paint from bleeding. Give it a shot!

  • Cindy
    Cindy
    8/4/2016 10:57 AM

    Why does the tape need to be pulled within 12 hours?

  • Dennis
    Dennis – Special Guest
    8/4/2016 11:06 AM

    @Cindy

    On many surfaces, it's not vital. We've had tape on some walls for much much longer than that. But there are some finishes that are more porous like primer or flat and in a couple colors, if left on longer, there might be a slight shadow that appears. It's rare and a narrow scope, but to be safe, if you remove in that time frame, you shouldn't have any issues.

    Thanks for the question!

    Dennis

  • Cindy
    Cindy
    8/4/2016 11:13 AM

    @Dennis

    I'm very excited about this product. I ordered two rolls and I can't wait to try it!

  • Dennis
    Dennis – Special Guest
    8/4/2016 11:16 AM

    @Cindy

    Awesome! Thanks Cindy - good luck on your projects!!

    Dennis

  • Dean
    Dean
    8/4/2016 11:35 AM

    @Dennis Will this tape work in an automotive application if water borne paints are being used?

  • Dennis
    Dennis – Special Guest
    8/4/2016 12:12 PM

    @Dean

    Hi Dean,

    You should have no problems with water borne paints. Even though 'SnotTape wasn't designed with automotive applications in mind, we've had customers use it and said that it performed really well. We've also heard that it would likely be a great application in the marine/boat repainting sector.

    If you use it in automotive, we'd love to know what you think.

    Thanks

    Dennis

  • Robin
    Robin
    8/4/2016 11:36 AM

    This may be a silly question and I apologize now......does this tape come with any guarantee?

  • Chad
    Chad – Grommet Team
    8/4/2016 11:40 AM

    @Robin At the Grommet we have a 60-day cash return policy, so if it doesn't end up working out you can feel free to make a return. You can read more about our return policy here.

  • C
    C
    8/4/2016 12:33 PM

    Hi. I'm curious - is this tape waterproof?

    Thanks,

    Caryn

  • Dennis
    Dennis – Special Guest
    8/4/2016 1:04 PM

    @C

    Caryn,

    Can you tell me a little more about the application you have in mind so I can give you a better response? But generally, yes, once it is adhered, water shouldn't get in and therefore impact the tact. If it is exposed to water for an extended period of time, it's possible that would impact the substrate or the paper. Obviously, if the surface you are sticking to is wet, or it's extremely humid, it's tougher to get a bond.

    If that didn't answer the question you were asking, please add some detail and I'll make certain you get the info you need.

    Thanks,

    Dennis

  • Gary
    Gary
    8/4/2016 2:04 PM

    Any idea what the shelf life of unused tape & storage requirements are.

  • Dennis
    Dennis – Special Guest
    8/4/2016 3:28 PM

    @Gary

    Gary,

    There should be little difference between used and unused tape shelf-life - other than unused product will likely be protected better since it stays in the box. As of now, there is very little degradation over time, in fact, we found a role that was lost in a snowbank for the winter and it still worked. As of now, conservatively we suggest you have at least one year - but we've had product stored for much longer. We don't see much negative impact over time. But a year to be safe.

    Dennis

  • Vergaline
    Vergaline
    8/4/2016 4:03 PM

    I'm a do-it-yourselfer and your product sounds great. Even when I'm very careful painting straight lines, of course I still get those tiny spots where the paint gets behind the tape. Can't wait to try your product. Plan on using your product to make some designs on the bathroom walls. Let's see how it works!

  • Dennis
    Dennis – Special Guest
    8/4/2016 4:28 PM

    @Vergaline

    Thank you Vergaline! We're glad you are excited. I hope that you accomplish something awesome and better than in the past. If you need any application help - please don't hesitate to reach out.

    One thing to keep in mind is the two types of tape. The tape in the grey box is the right choice most often - it's a little stickier and is ideal for taping over paints that have sheen/gloss. The product in the black box is not as sticky and ideal for surfaces flat or primed surfaces that are really easy to stick to.

    Good luck!

    Dennis

  • Constance
    Constance
    8/4/2016 5:35 PM

    I would like to know if Dave Gruenwald was an engineer at Polaroid Corporation.

  • Dennis
    Dennis – Special Guest
    8/4/2016 6:17 PM

    @Constance

    Constance,

    It turns out there are at least two Dave Gruenwalds in the world - which is great because we could use more guys like Dave. But the one that invented 'SnotTape was not an engineer at Polaroid.

    Thanks for the question.

    Dennis

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