Deltec Masking Tape Review – purple and red

Updated Feb 9, 2024 | Posted Jul 3, 2019 | Product Reviews, Masking equipment | 1 comment


Here’s a little Deltec Masking Tape review I wrote for the Decorators Forum UK

Deltec masking tape.  Supplied by the lovely folks at Deltec. The best place I have forund to buy this tape is Tikkurila UK, but there are plenty of other stockists available.

Ok so out of the box, it’s lovely looking stuff.

This is Washi rice paper instead of standard crepe paper masking tape which I’m told is the cutting edge in masking tape science.


  • Sturdy (tears easily but seems to hold together well, no split tears to the tape)
  • Easily identifiable (coloured tape as regards to properties)
  • Great stickiness (no flue residue)


  • Cost (I’ve only put this in because it’s not the cheapest, but it is cheap compared to some higher brand kit so on a par. I don’t think it would put me off.)

Deltec Extreme Masking Tape Review


I started off with the extreme masking tape as I’m working on outside walls in the sun. (Red tape).

It’s lovely and sticky, nice clean lines, it peels off well, Its tougher to peel with no fingernails but that’s because it sticks so well. No bleed through with paint slapped all over it. I left it on in the sun for a couple of days, No residue or glue left behind, and it comes off in one piece, which is always a treat. I’m really impressed with this masking tape!! There are not a lot of products I have used and have absolutel faith in, but this is one of them!

Deltec Gold Maskining Tape Review


This stuff performs well interior and exterior. It is a great all-rounder, much as I would expect from quality tape, can only give it an excellent review, clean lines, no bleed.

(Also, this stuff is amazing for sticking wet paint tape to recently dried walls, doesn’t damage the paint and again no residue.)


The Sensitive Tape (Purple) Review


This masking tape is for interior only

This stuff is excellent, it’s low tack but keeps a clean edge, sensitive surfaces so fresh paint and wallpaper (haven’t had a chance to use it on wallpaper but it is lovely on fresh paint.)

Overall, it’s a bit more expensive but it is clearly top quality stuff.

Deltec Masking Tape Review – by Ross Ratty


Deltec has been my choice of tape for a long while now. I have tried others and Still keep trying them but in all honesty, there isn’t any need. Deltec have the full range I need, Including the tape and drapes.

I’ve always stuck with gold for the hard surfaces, work tops, kitchen units, switches and sockets etc. Then the purple for anything that was freshly painted.

The purple can be used even the same day on top of a well prepped good water-based satin. My preference is next day though. I must admit I have a method with taping that guarantees no bleed if done right. Which I can achieve with most precision tapes. It’s more down to their tackiness as to why I choose and rate Deltec. The purple for me is in between purple Masq by Ciret and pink Tesa which I find a real struggle to stick to anything.

For some reason I hadn’t even considered the extreme orange tape for on tile grout. I tested it out when doing a bathroom ceiling. It was tiled right up finishing with a line of grout at the ceiling line. The previous painter left it wavy on the grout all the way round. I cleaned it up and dropped the line slightly. The tape stuck perfectly to the grout leaving a bang online, without me having to do anything else to make sure it worked fine. The stuff really grips with out a lot of effort to press it on and it pulls away lovely.

I can imagine this would be perfect for the cold tiled bathroom floors then normal tape wouldn’t stick to. (but yet to try that one).

Richar Irons


Deltec Precision Masking Tape Review


Deltec Masking Tape have been a firm favourite of ours for the last year. We regularly use the purple to create our ‘perfect’ crisp lines between skirting and walls. We have used the ‘Red’ previously on an external painting job where we were spraying all the windows and that didn’t let us down.

Deltec ‘Gold Precision Masking Tape’ was new to us though, we knew it existed, we just hadn’t got our hands on any yet and kept ordering the products that we knew!


Deltec comes in three colours:

Purple- Low tack for sensitive surfaces, no paint bleed. We have used on wallpaper, freshly painted walls and trim.

Gold- internal and external use, no paint bleed, UV resistant. Not used until this trail.

Red- Special Reinforced paper, suitable for slightly wet and rough surfaces like exterior walls.


We have already use metres upon metres of this, possibly miles! of the purple and red but the gold is equally impressive. Better almost as we are now using the correct tape for each purpose. We had been using ‘purple’ for nearly all projects. Which can be seen as an error on our part, but it’s very easy when ordering over the phone and never actually looking at stock on shelves or brochures to just ‘stick with what you know’.

The three separate colours are perfect for each job, they do as you ask, and they never let you down.

We have returned to a house this week that we did a year ago, and we had used the purple Deltec Masking Tape to create the crisp lines throughout the property. The good news is that these lines are still ‘crisp’ and the house is still beautiful. No the tape didn’t enable these lines to be perfect a year later, but what it does show is that it was worth the effort!


Trade or DIY id happily recommend these to anyone.

Rachel Bates

Updated Feb 9, 2024 | Posted Jul 3, 2019 | 1 comment

About the Author

About the Author

Mike Cupit has been in the decorating industry since 2002 and has mostly worked as a Trade Decorator in the domestic sector (peoples’ homes). Self-proclaimed “product geek”, Mike has a passion for paint and decorating tools. Mike now spends most of his time testing paint products and tools, comparing them to similar products on the market, and blogging about the industry in general.

1 Comment

  1. harry murphy

    Thanks so much for your in depth review! Great to see Deltec Tape really being put to the test.


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