Richard Drew, a 3M scientist, invented masking tape in 1925. It was originally developed for use in two-toned painting on automobiles.
The product now known as ScotchBlue™ Painter's Tape was invented by 3M in 1987. It was designed for professional painters to use in residential and commercial painting applications. Scotchblue™ Painter’s Tape revolutionised the masking industry because it resists UV, allowing the tape to stay on the masked surface for an extended time.
The medium blue colour of ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape is a registered trademark owned by 3M. It distinguishes ScotchBlue™ Painter’s Tape from its competitors.