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12-02-2007 08:49 PM  10 years agoPost 1
Hoagie1

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Other than making custom paint masks, what is the best way to mask curves with radius between 2-5 inches? Is there a way to use standard trim tape to mask to acomplish this without the tape crinkling and risking overspray?

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12-02-2007 11:10 PM  10 years ago •• Post 2 ••
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I use the blue 3M Fine Line tape 1/8" and it lays down very good. The narrower the tape the better it will flatten out on a curve. Just do your outline masking with the Fine Line tape then use regular masking tape from there. I let the regular masking tape lap over the Fine Line tape then trim it on top of it with a razor blade, careful to cut only through the top layer. You can get the 3M tape at any auto paint store. Hope this helps.

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12-03-2007 03:56 PM  10 years agoPost 3
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I use electrical tape for masking curves- excellent and very pliable. Narrow vinyl tape like this can be drawn into very tight radii probably down to 1/2 or better. Warming the tape with a heat gun (carefully) might make it work even better but I've not tried. To be honest I am no expert at masking/painting but for the reltatively simple work I've done- its good.

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12-04-2007 12:20 AM  10 years agoPost 4
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Thanks. I am using blue 1/8" 3M plastic tape, not sure if it's the same material others are working with for trim masking. Despite the 1/8" width, it's difficult to lay it down with curves. I wonder if Helimatt's suggestion about heating it up does the trick, since it's pretty cold in the NorthWest.

I'll continue to play around with this and see if I can get a satisfactory mask while painting panel lines EC135, which contain many curves.
-Andy

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12-04-2007 01:25 AM  10 years agoPost 5
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Another way is to use wide tape and cut the radius with an xacto knife. You can make any kind of radius with this you want.

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