3m purple is good. everyone these days seems to be using the stuff from fbs. they seem to be taking over in the custom paint world. thats all anyone uses anymore. i remember trying out the orange many years ago. i remember it being really good but it has been prob 10 years so i dont really remember.
The 3M blue was a nightmare imo. If it was hot the stuff would move around on me a lot. Made getting lines right hard for me. 218 will stick if you rub on it a lot. Too much work to do that. Can you still get the 3M crepe fine line. Stuff stuck a lot better for me than the 218.
Jim thanks for the link, I'll check them out.
the 218 is a rigid tape and is more for pulling straight lines. you generally wouldnt use the blue or purple tape for laying out something like racing stripes on a hood. the 218 will get you far straighter lines. yes 3m blue is horrible. 3m still has 233+ green crepe fineline in 1/8, 1/4 and 1/2. i still use that where im not going to see my line. typically if its something i am going to pinstripe over.