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Taping over metal finishes

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  • Member since
    October 2009
Taping over metal finishes
Posted by JacknewbIII on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 12:18 AM

It seems no matter what type of tape I use I pull some of the paint (not chunks just a faint amount) and it leaves streaks. If I coat it with gloss I tend to get some sticky residue left behind. Someone please tell me the secret recipe here. Thanks! Jack

  • Member since
    March 2003
  • From: Western North Carolina
Posted by Tojo72 on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 5:49 AM

Try removing stickiness from the tape by peeling it on and off a clean surface like the fridge or the stove,also I have used Post-it notes instead of tape for masking.

  • Member since
    April 2020
Posted by Eaglecash867 on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 5:57 AM

Clearcoat with AKs Intermediate Gauzy Agent Shine Enhancer, and mask with Tamiya masking sheets.  Every tape I have ever tried using either leaves residue or streaks of underlying paint that is now a slightly different sheen than what it was before the tape went on...or leaves the sticky residue you mentioned.  Whatever adhesive they use on the Tamiya masking sheets has eliminated that problem, so I don't even mess with tape anymore.  It sticks more reliably to irregular contours too.

These are the things I'm talking about:

"You can have my illegal fireworks when you pry them from my cold, dead fingers...which are...over there somewhere."

  • Member since
    March 2022
  • From: Twin cities, MN
Posted by missileman2000 on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 8:30 AM

I use Alclad.  While it dries to the touch in a few minutes, I leave it set for at least 12 hours before I put tape on it.

I don't clearcoat my Alclad.  Decals adhere very well to it so I don't feel the need for sealing


  • Member since
    February 2021
Posted by MJY65 on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 10:35 AM



Do you clear coat over the decals?  Any problems with edges lifting after a few years?


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