3M sues small tape maker over Frog Tape

3M sues small tape maker over Frog Tape

There are 58 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Apr 17, 2008, titled 3M sues small tape maker over Frog Tape. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

It's the frustration of weekend handyman and professional paint contractor alike: You finish painting and peel away the masking tape only to discover you must touch up the job because tiny spits of paint seeped ...

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mommietothree

Lewisville, TX

#41 Jun 2, 2008
The frog tape really works!! I'm skeptical of product claims, but I really hate the bleeding that occurs when trying to paint straight lines. Since I had a special project with a wide line down the center, I spent the extra to try it. I was shocked when I pulled the tape off once I painted. It did a stellar job. I did take the time to press it down well with a credit card before painting. All I have to say is try it. I got the 1" size since it was expensive.
pro painter

Dodge Center, MN

#42 Oct 5, 2008
Pragmatist wrote:
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I guess if the advertising is valid, 3M has no case. In my experience, the blue tape gets wet, wrinkles, and does let paint in behind as the adhesive loses its grip. Since frog tape does not say the tape is 3M's in their ad, the only thing going for a negative response from consumers about 3M is the number of people that have used the product, had it fail, and assume that it must be 3M blue tape.
If 3M had a better product (or even an equivelant product), they would not feel threatened. No, it doesn't mean someone can steal your property. Does that mean that only the person who invented the wheel should be allowed to sell them? If you improve upon a product, it is a NEW product. It's just a case of corporate lawyers bullying their way into holding a monopoly on the market. Why not let free enterprise determine the outcome? Whoever makes the best product at the best price wins!
jeffJohnson

Fort Mill, SC

#43 Feb 11, 2009
totally agree with jonnyboy!

3M sucks ass.

I did try frogtape adn it works like gangbusters, though not on textured walls.(most of my walls aren't textured anyway).
DAN

San Jose, CA

#44 Mar 22, 2009
Stay Tuned wrote:
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Actually, Green is a primary color, as are red, and blue.
Green is not a primary color. It is a combo of the primary colors yellow & blue.
Wes

Brownsville, TX

#45 Mar 24, 2009
DAN wrote:
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Green is not a primary color. It is a combo of the primary colors yellow & blue.
As has already been explained, green is indeed a primary color. It just depends on which color system you're referring to.

The primary colors of light (additive system) are red, green and blue (RGB).

The primary colors of pigment (subtractive system) are traditionally red, yellow and blue (RYB), although in practice, at least in the printing industry, they're cyan, magenta and yellow, along with black to produce a pure black (CMYK).
Scotchballs

San Francisco, CA

#46 Apr 10, 2009
Filthy bastards! I am having a staff of 125 people throw away all Scotch brand items and I just smacked a plastic dispenser of Scotch tape with a 9Iron. I went so far as arguing with the paint guy at The Depot this morning and requested a statement of Scotch brands annual gross sales and margins to argue the point. Of course, he could not provide this and I apoligized for my behavior. Mother ^&%$#@, "Chicken" Suckers!!!!
My whole day is now ruined and I may become a criminal due to the corporate greed structure. Parker Paints still carries Frog Tape and I plan on buying as much as possible before those A*s% F&%k#%s at Scotch pull off some form of law suit. I guess I will settle for LOWES at this point unless I can find a smaller Mom and Pop outfit to purchase from. Oh wait, these DoucheBags already destroyed that option.
berry

Manning, IA

#47 May 16, 2009
We just painted 5000 sq ft and frog tape is the best tape we have ever used. No leakage. We were not disappointed like when we spent the extra money to buy Scott Blue tape. I understand why patents are important, however in this case the two products are completely different.
Shurtape

Linville, NC

#48 May 29, 2009
Frog tape is actually our tape now guys.
Handyman

United States

#49 Aug 3, 2009
3m should stick to electrical tape. Blue tape has never giving me clean lines. Frog tap has my thumbs up all the way because it even stuck to the block wall in my garage around my chimney and stuck to my indoor brick around my fireplace without any bleeding I was so impressed. As for trim and molding I always take it down when I paint for me it is much quicker to take down and put back up, looks better than taping off and it cuts painting time in half because all you have to do is paint close to the ceiling and and other areas and the trim cover it right up no wasting time taping and no chance of flaws. Plus it takes only a fraction of the time to paint the trim when there is no need to tape. Do this in the morning and you will be painting rooms from start to finish in 1 day providing you use a good quality paint. And latley I haven't got any at lowes or home depot but than again they are turning into the wall-mart of home improvment. This is what has worked for me for the last 10 years and I've racked up hundreds of very satisfied customers that I've been called back to do more work for. But everyone has there own way this is just a little FYI that might remodeling cheaper in the long run, quicker and when you have this a lot more fun.
cece

Palos Hills, IL

#50 Mar 15, 2010
Totally agree!
Paul in Saint Paul wrote:
Hey, 3M, instead of spending money on lawyers why not spend your money on the contaminated ground you created!! Leave the little guy alone.
Jolly Grey

Saint Helens, OR

#51 Mar 23, 2010
Keep yer Frog Tape in the plastic tub.

I got a small dab of water on the side of the roll and it wiped off the powder edge. Had bleed thru spots from it.

Damn stuff is getting too complicated (and expensive!). I'll just use tape.
Brad

Appleton, WI

#52 Dec 8, 2010
I always used to use cheap dollar store masking tape. For the most part worked pretty good no bleed through but a little trouble with adhesion. I recently painted my master bedroom and decided to try 3m painters tape for the first time. I liked how easily it went on and sticked very well. But, man i was freaking irate when i pulled it off and foun all the F ing bleed through. I feel like i would like to sue 3m for that, but the legal costs would outweigh the cost of new trim. Rest assured i will never buy another 3m product again and i will be sure to tell everyone i know not to use it as well as posting this on as many websites as i can possibly find. So 3m if your listening go to hell.
Think Again

Eau Claire, WI

#53 Dec 9, 2010
AMSReality wrote:
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Wow. Yea I'm sure that when he said "handyman" he specifically meant to exclude women. You know if you look up "handyman" in the dictionary it specifically says "a PERSON hired to do small various jobs..."
Why don't you get your head out of 1940!
The amount of females that actually do any kind of "dirty hands" work equals the number of FEMINISTS that went down with the Titanic!!!!
SoBayClosetLady

Los Angeles, CA

#54 Jul 31, 2011
I'm shocked to hear all these comments saying FrogTape worked. It didn't work at all for me, and I think the product is a rip-off, especially because it costs more than regular blue painter's tape.

I used it when just painted my home. It doesn't stick at all to newly painted walls.(I needed it only when painting moldings. the walls were already painted by then.) Almost as soon as I put it down, the ends curl up. So I can't tell whether it helps with the bleeding or not, because I spent most of my time replacing the tape that wouldn't stick. Who knows, maybe the tape works better on dirty, dusty walls.

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pro painter wrote:
<quoted text> If 3M had a better product (or even an equivelant product), they would not feel threatened. No, it doesn't mean someone can steal your property. Does that mean that only the person who invented the wheel should be allowed to sell them? If you improve upon a product, it is a NEW product. It's just a case of corporate lawyers bullying their way into holding a monopoly on the market. Why not let free enterprise determine the outcome? Whoever makes the best product at the best price wins!
Nate

Chicago, IL

#55 Oct 15, 2011
This stuff is junk!!!!! Doesn't hold a candle to the 3M line. I'm a professional with over 16 years experience and this tape just cost me hours of touch-up time. Don't believe the reviews, Don't believe the hype.....this product is garbage and flat out does not work. I've tried to copy and paste pictures of the job I used this product on, but convieniently this site doesn't allow me to do that.
ColorGuy

North Salt Lake, UT

#56 Mar 19, 2012
Confused wrote:
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Blue, Red and Yellow are primary colors. Green is made by mixing yellow and blue, and therefore not a primary color.
Actually, it depends. When it comes to color, there are 2 paradigms: Pigments and Light. If you're mixing pigments (paints), then you are correct -- primary colors are red, yellow, and blue and green is made by combining blue and yellow. However, if you're mixing *light*(as in a computer monitor, landscape lighting, etc), then primary colors are red, blue, and green. In fact, with light, yellow is created by mixing red and green!
Slew

Saint Paul, MN

#57 Mar 19, 2012
ColorGuy wrote:
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Actually, it depends. When it comes to color, there are 2 paradigms: Pigments and Light. If you're mixing pigments (paints), then you are correct -- primary colors are red, yellow, and blue and green is made by combining blue and yellow. However, if you're mixing *light*(as in a computer monitor, landscape lighting, etc), then primary colors are red, blue, and green. In fact, with light, yellow is created by mixing red and green!
So, since this is in the context of pigments(paint) he is right and you are wrong.
RetractableAwnin gCenter

Fresno, CA

#58 Mar 27, 2012
Frogtape does NOT work! We took the advice of the paint department manager at a Lowe's Home Improvement Store rather than purchasing the 3M painters tape that we've used successfully for years. What a disaster! After carefully taping 900 feet of smooth, powdercoated steel frame, we were shocked when we removed the Frogtape and found paint bleed along every inch of the steel frame. We're now trying to find a way to remove the paint without damaging the underlying finish. We will never purchase this product, again.

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