Masking tape has its origin in cars

What's the connection?
by Vernon B. Sarne | May 10, 2011

We use masking tape all the time--at home and in the office. We bet, however, that you have no idea where it came from. Well, we have the car industry to thank for the invention of this very helpful household item. According to 3M Philippines vice president Reggie Pulumbarit, whom we had the pleasure of meeting recently, the masking tape was invented by 3M to address the challenges of giving cars a two-tone paint job, which was quite popular in the '20s.

We checked and it was indeed a 3M employee by the name of Richard Drew who invented the masking tape in 1925. By the way, 3M--which is also popular for car window film--stands for "Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing."

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