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It is advised not to use masking tape, but instead to use the blue painter's tape found in the paint section of most hardware or paint stores. Masking tape doesn't have the same properties and it's too sticky. It will pull off the top layer of the paper on the sheetrock sometimes, causing even bigger problems.
Blue painters tape is less sticky and comes in different widths.
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That's a good question.....we used to use it all the time, now I just use painters tape for my needs, and use my masking tape to label food containers going into the freezer.
Children and teenagers may find for use for it than I would. Painter's tape is fairly expensive, more so than masking tape, so if that's an issue, consider if whatever you're doing would fair okay with masking tape instead.
Just keep in mind, masking tape can leave a gummy residue after it's pulled off, it can also take paint off a wall, it can split making removal difficult. It's paper, whereas painter's tape is made from an advanced poly-back material for quicker and easier application and one-piece removal.
Children and teenagers may find more uses for it than I would.....