The next tier up is useful for things that will be applied and removed in a single day, or where the tape is shaded and protected from moisture (inside perhaps?). When painting cars, this is what I use to hold the newspaper on the windows, etc. But not where a clean line is needed. You probably won't want this anywhere on a boat either.
The only tape you'll find aboard Eolian is this:
|Yes: Scotch 2080|
Scotch 2080 (note the orange core). This tape has,
- A smooth backing, making for nice clean edges
- A less aggressive (but perfectly acceptable) adhesive. In most cases, it won't lift underlying paint layers.
- An 8-day removal period. Well, this might be slightly exaggerated, but still, under most circumstances, you won't need a chisel and acetone to get it off.
And a final note: You use masking tape to prevent getting paint on the substrate. This means almost by definition that you will be painting over the edge of the masking tape. When you pull the tape, depending on how heavy the layer of paint is, how strong the paint is, and how well it is cured, you could pull chips or entire areas of paint off into the painted area. To avoid this, I never allow more than one cured layer of paint on the tape before it is removed. For example, when varnishing I pull the tape before the second coat has had a chance to set up hard. This may be a little more work, but it avoids having to use a knife to cut the paint layer (and thus probably scoring the substrate) when pulling the tape.