3M 7610 WS Product Change

Starting in Q2-2013 3M began to phase in a new construction for its 3M 7610 product. The product will now feature a gray backside instead of its original green backside. 3M assures us that this change will not affect the performance, features or durability of the product but wishes for customers to be aware of the color differences during the transition period.

See the official 3M notice.


3M™ Industrial Masking System

For several decades 3M has developed a wide variety of masking tapes to fit the needs of the industrial consumer. However, with such a wide variety, choosing the right product has become a very intimidating task. In order to help companies efficiently choose the most appropriate masking tapes for their applications, 3M™ introduced a 5 tier industrial masking system with 5 levels of increasing performance.

3M™ Value Masking Tape 101+ (Level 1)

3M 101+ is a basic, economical masking tape suitable for light indoor usage like: marking, temporary holding, wrapping and sealing. However, it is recommended to reserve critical paint masking applications for higher level 3M masking tapes. (Withstands temperatures up to 150°F (66°C) for 30 minutes)

3M™ General Use Masking Tape 201+ (Level 2)

3M 201+ provides all the general use capability of 3M 101+ while providing better paint line performance, higher heat resistance and greater conformability.  (Withstands temperatures up to 200°F (93°C) for 30 minutes)

3M™ Performance Yellow Masking Tape 301+ (Level 3)

3M 301+ is a distinctly yellow colored masking tape for better visibility and identification.  This tape makes further improvements in strength, temperature resistance and paint performance.  (Withstands temperatures up to 225°F (107°C) for 30 minutes)

3M™ High Performance Green Masking Tape 401+ (Level 4)

3M 401+ is another incremental improvement in strength, temperature resistance and paint performance. This tape features a distinct green backing for visibility and identification. (Withstands temperatures up to 250°F (121°C) for 30 minutes)

3M™ Specialty High Temperature Masking Tape 501+ (Level 5)

3M 501+ is the ultimate choice for 3M’s industrial masking lineup. It features the best strength, conformability and masking performance with a significant improvement in temperature resistance to allow for higher temperature applications. (Withstands temperatures up to 300°F (149°C) for 30 minutes)