Paint Barrier

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This reusable painters tape is not like the typical (often ineffective) kind. The edges are lined with a gel polyurethane adhesive that gets into the micro-grooves on surfaces, preventing paint from bleeding and seeping. The result is a sharp, smooth paint line. Choose the tape that works best for the job—Specialty Surface for unfinished, primed, or matte surfaces, or Multi-Surface for glossy or eggshell finishes, or anything that’s being re-painted.

  • Made in the USA: Oshkosh, WI
  • Materials: Polyurethane gel/bead on the edges of masking paper
  • Use: Make certain that surface is clean of dirt and dust prior to application. Always test in a hidden area first. For more details, please see user manual
  • Press down firmly and consistently on the edge for complete adhesion (or use a roller). Pull tape within 12 hours
  • Please note: The types of tape relate to the surface you are painting on, not the type of paint you are using
  • Specialty Surfaces (Primed/Flat/Delicate): Recommended for unfinished, primed, matte, and easily damaged high-energy surfaces. Also works well on stained woodwork, steel, glass, countertops, and other delicate surfaces
  • Multi-Surface (Eggshell/Satin/Semi-Gloss): Recommended for eggshell, satin, and semi-gloss low-energy surfaces. Also works on woodwork, concrete, and glossy surfaces
  • Ideal uses include: Between walls and ceilings, along wood trim, chair rails, or baseboards, around glass on doors or windows, or anywhere two colors meet
  • Features unique, polyurethane gel
  • Prevents paint bleeding
  • Reusable
  • Dimensions: 1.25" x 75'
  • Weight: 0.56 lb.

16 Reviews (3 out of 5 Grommets)

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Wanted it to Work


I wanted this tape to work. I painted the ceiling in my bathroom, and it was perfect. I used the Snot Tape to protect my white ceiling from the gray that I was painting the walls. Didn't work, it pulled off the white tape and the gray paint. No better than what you can buy at Home Depot or Lowes.


'SnotTape's Response:
Hi Michelle, We are so sorry to hear you had a poor experience. When masking on ceiling paint, we usually recommend our less sticky Specialty Surfaces tape. If you used that tape and still had issues, please reach out to [email protected]
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Not any better than blue painters' tape


I purchased this tape knowing I would have a lot of painting to do in our new home. I had high hopes that it would be better than traditional painters' tape - as the information claims it is - but that was not my experience. 1) It was harder to stick down. 2) It sometimes moved or came off the wall or trim while I was painting. 3) It wasn't seep-proof. Sometimes I got a clean edge; other times some paint bled through. 4) On one wall, it left a slight residue (after one hour of painting, not after several hours or days).
With all of those negatives, it's not worth the extra cost. Stick with regular painters' tape. Your walls and your wallet will thank you.


'SnotTape's Response:
Hi Noelle, We are so sorry we didn't meet your expectations. It sounds like our more sticky Multi-Surface tape may work better for your applications.
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Pulled off paint and left green residue


I was very hopeful for this product, but still had bleed through about on par with other tapes I have used, left behind green residue in some places, and most upsetting of all, pulled off 6"-8" strips of the existing paint it was covering when I removed it painstakingly slowly. So now instead of a quick accent wall redo, I have to redo an entire room to cover the chunks of paint pulled off by the snot tape. A big disappointment.


'SnotTape's Response:
Hi Whitney, We are sorry to hear that you had this issue. We always recommend testing first in an inconspicuous area. If the tape appears to be too sticky, such as leaving residue or removing paint from the wall, then you should use our less sticky Specialty Surfaces tape. On the other hand, if the tape has difficulty sticking to the surface, our more sticky Multi-Surface is the way to go. It sounds like your project would require the less sticky Specialty Surfaces tape.
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1st try


Paint did seep under the tape. Maybe I need to press down or iron it in. I will keep trying. 'SnotTape's Response: Hi Rick. Occasionally, there there are some surfaces that have textures that are too rough, which can lead to seepage. However, we would recommend using a roller to help press the gel into the gaps of the surface.More > < Less




Tried this tape after trying the other snot tape. Stuff doesn’t stick well at at. Ripped it off and went back to using the blue tape. I’vebr /> I’ve always been pleased with Grommet buys. But not this. Was disappointed. We have 4 rolls of this stuff if anyone wants it. Linda Mills

From the Maker:

Hi Linda, we are very sorry to hear that you had a poor experience with ‘SnotTape! If you are able to tell us which version you are using (our more sticky in the gray box or our less sticky in the black box) as well as some details regarding your project, we may be able to get to the bottom of this! It sounds like you need the more sticky/multi-surface for your project. Please contact [email protected] for additional assistance. Thank you!
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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.