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    Default Blue masking tape

    Can anyone tell me why all the recommendations are to use blue masking tape when attaching patterns for scrolling. Considering blue tape is far more expensive that a lot of other tapes around I have never used blue. The only problem I have had is that the less expensive tape will tear in the roll in cold weather ( minus zero temperatures)

    Can any one tell my my I should spend more money to buy blue?

    John

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    One reason might be is that the adhesive on a proper blue painter's tape doesn't fully cure for around 2 weeks.
    You can leave it on longer without leaving residue, and it comes off easier.
    It seems to be the go to tape for all woodworking.
    Every time you make a typo, the errorists win.

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    John I don't use the blue tape at all now .I tried it once on a fairly intricate pattern & it took ages to remove it all after I had finished cutting. My method now is to put the pattern directly onto the wood with spray adhesive .When finished the cutting I just brush on some turps & after a few minutes the pattern will just slide off,then just a matter of a wipe down with a turps soaked cloth to remove the adhesive left on the wood. Cheers Peter

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    I have used the green masking tape for many years with no residue problems however you have to remove it as soon as possible [two weeks] or the other alternative is to copy your pattern onto adhesive backed paper this works well but a bit pricy if used a lot.

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    Thanks for your replys. I have found your comments interesting. I have always used the masking tape method but I am getting sick of the tape tearing before I get the required length hence the Question about blue tape. I have always used the less expensive tapes. Not the $2 shop type. I bought a roll of narrow blue tape this morning just to see how it goes but now I'm concerned about removing it. Mind you I have always cut my work within a day or so of attaching them.

    I think I will give the spray glue a go just for the sake of it. I might find it's the way to go. A friend of mine uses the spray method and a while ago he changed brands of glue. He found after a lot of trouble that the new glue was causing the paper to stretch just a couple of ml and it caused him all sorts of problems in a very fine pattern. It was when he went to join the pieces.

    How heavy is the coat of spray that you use Peter and what brand of glue do you use?

    Thanks again

    John

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    Hi John The spray adhesive I use is Crafters Choice From the Spotlight store I think it is around the $15 mark. I give the wood a good covering spray & then a light spray to the back of the pattern. Cheers Peter

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