Tesa Tape Yellow Review written by a decorator

Updated Dec 10, 2022 | Posted May 31, 2019 | Product Review, Masking equipment | 1 comment

Tesa yellow tape is a precision masking tape design to prevent paint bleed and leave a superior finish. Readily available online, Tesa are the brand leader when it comes to high-quality masking tape in the UK.


  • Easy to use
  • Remains stuck to the surface
  • Does exactly what it’s supposed to
  • Tack levels are perfect per tape


  • price if I had to name one

My name is Thomas Holloway and I run Holloway’s Professional Decorating & Consultancy based on the Dorset south coast.

I was kindly sent some Tesa tape to sample on behalf of the Decorators forum UK review team and it couldn’t have come at a better time!

In May we began a project which required thorough attention to detail for a client who admittedly informed me she would be the fussiest I’d ever come across! She was not wrong. The task in hand was to re-spray an entire wooden structured conservatory and paint brushes or rollers just weren’t allowed. It was apparent that an awful lot of masking and tape preparation was involved. Following the removal of the silicone bead surrounding all of the internal and exterior windows we set to work on protecting the glass


The yellow Tesa tape was used internally but I also bought some Tesa blue for the outside! I know this review is predominantly for the yellow, but I’ll plug the blue as well my concern with the tapes were the weather and the heat.

My client actually had to change the roof from glass to a plastic tile due to the heat in the conservatory as on hot days it was unbearable! With that in mind I still had to strip off and get the pencils out for their first bout of sun for the year! It was funny weather- hot one day and raining the next. My concern was if the tape would hold and not lift and also residue!

I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t used Tesa before because I have but I hadn’t used it in these conditions, and I was also a blue exterior virgin.

One word! Sensational! It held on every single part, held up over the weekends and left us a paint bleed free line upon the glass, essential considering the project was being watched every single step of the way!

I have attached some photographs of the project for you but I can honestly say Tesa definitely has its place in my van and other users won’t be disappointed!

I’m massively trying to find a negative and the only one I can find is…….. well I can’t, but if I had to list pros and cons,


There is a reason Tesa are the brand leader amongst professional decorators. They’re not cheap, but the tapes are developed to perform the best they possibly can. That is why Tesa have such an extensive roll, including two different types of sensitive tapes. Each tape will suit any job perfectly.

Kip masking tape is a close second in my opinion, but nothing will ever beat Tesa.

Tesa Tape Yellow Review – by Tom Holloway

Updated Dec 10, 2022 | Posted May 31, 2019 | 1 comment

1 Comment

  1. Mike Sibley

    Tesa yellow is my go to masking tape, it has NEVER let me down. There are many other tapes that I’ve tried but as yet it’s unbeaten. Thanks for the write up Tom, looks like you’re getting some fine results.


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