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  • Member since
    May 2020
taping "marks"
Posted by Cowboy-Z on Sunday, February 28, 2021 3:21 PM

a common problem for me when I'm doing race liveries is i'll get tape "marks" on certain areas of the body.

Its not sticky so not leftover tack from the tape.  

I usually let the body cure 2 days between paint stages.

Washing doesn't seem to help remove the markings.


In the past I've ignored it, cleared over it and sometimes it resolves itself and sometimes it doesn't but decal application then final clear hides the last of the markings.

I'm looking to improve my technique so any advice on resolving this minor issue would be great.



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  • Member since
    August 2014
  • From: Willamette Valley, Oregon
Posted by goldhammer on Sunday, February 28, 2021 3:32 PM

If you're using enamel, it's probably still soft enough to leave tape impressions.  Might have to let it cure for up to a week, or set up a box with a light bulb to force dry.

  • Member since
    December 2020
Posted by TheDemiGod on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 7:48 PM

Better question is what type of tape are you using? Regular masking tape if not recommended for masking. Too harsh and will leave a lot of tackiness behind or worse, pull paint off.

I use Yellow (or Green) Frog tape. Tamiya Tape or even Blue painter tape. Most of the time, I use Yellow Frog Tape.

  • Member since
    September 2020
Posted by VintageRPM on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 7:54 AM
How long do you leave the tape on? I remove mine almost immediately after painting - say 5-15 minutes. That eliminates a lot of tape issues.
  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Towson MD
Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 8:36 AM

How long do you leave the tape on? I remove mine almost immediately after painting - say 5-15 minutes. That eliminates a lot of tape issues.

Good point.

Removing tape before the paint sprayed over it can begin to fully cure also tends to give sharper, cleaner edges, with less chance of chipping when the tape pulls up.


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  • Member since
    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Sunday, March 7, 2021 1:12 PM

Need more curing time specially when taping. The cooler weather slows the curing process.




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