Q1 Masking Tape Review

Updated May 3, 2024 | Posted Sep 4, 2018 | Professional insight, Product Advice

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I’ve been using Q1 tapes for a while now, so I thought I’d post an honest Q1 Masking Tape review. I hope you find it useful.

Q1 masking tape was in the automotive industry for years. Decorators got hold of it and started posting their reviews on social media, which prompted Q1 to develop a whole new range of painters tapes for decorators to use. It’s safe to say they’ve gone down well! Q1 Painters’ Tape is everywhere now. I buy mine online, but I’ve noticed them in crown Decorating Centres and some other stockists.

The general purpose Q1 Painters Tape is good. Great for carpets and hard flooring. No seepage and easy to remove. This is a fantastic tape for everyday use, and you can leave it down for a couple of weeks without worrying about it marking the surface underneath, or lifting. This is a breath of fresh air, because I’ve been let down by other masking tapes in the past.

The new Q1 precision tape is very good too. It felt a bit too tacky, and I did worry about whether it would pull the paint off woodwork, in this instance, I used it on water-based gloss which had been coated the day before.


I left it down for ten days while I completed the rest of the decorating, then removed it without issue. There was no paint bleed, and it didn’t damage the surface underneath.

The only negative I could find is the normal and the low tack are pretty much the same colour and once taken out of the wrapper there isn’t any way to immediately tell the difference. But that’s the only negative I had. Just be careful when buying Q1, because it all looks the same.

The best thing about Q1 Painters tape is how thin it is. I know this doesn’t sound important, but it means there is less chance of damaging your painted edge. Lines are left clean and sharp. I’m so impressed with it!

For more information visit shop.q1tapes.com/uk/

This Review was Written by Steven Fletcher – Professional Painter and Decorator

Updated May 3, 2024 | Posted Sep 4, 2018

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.