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How To Mask Off Your Vehicle For Professional Results

How To Mask Off Your Vehicle For Professional Results

Whatever kind of painting you have to carry out on your vehicle, the masking process is always the same…


  • Professional masking tape for the automotive sector, capable of withstanding high temperature
  • A roll of masking paper or, as an alternative, masking film. Films are most used to mask the upper parts of the vehicles, as they are easier to deal with than masking paper.


Step 1: Make sure to prepare properly the areas to mask: they should be smooth and clean, dry and free from dust. Any dirt could compromise the effectiveness of the masking products, causing problems during the painting of the car body.

Step 2: You are now ready to commence masking the car. There is a best way to perform this operation: unwind the tape and apply it under the edges of the area you need to paint: just make sure you use only half of the adhesive surface of the tape, letting the other half stick out from the edge, ready to be used for the next step of masking. You’ll need it to apply car painters masking paper on the vehicle. For small and narrow areas to protect, you can use the tape directly on the car.

Step 3: Use masking paper or film to cover nearby areas. Now, prepare masking paper or masking films for the protection of the surfaces around the area to paint. First, apply masking tape around the edges of the paper, letting half of the tape stick out; then, fit the paper on the car, matching the free tape on its edges with the one you prepared on the vehicle. The best masking tapes for painting car give their best performance tape on tape, in this step of the job.

Step 4: Use specific products for high precision applications. In some cases, you need to paint near doors, sunroofs, headlights or taillights. To protect these areas in the best way, you’d better use some specific products: foam masking tape, for example, is perfect to protect door jambs and gaps, fitting perfectly the grooves of the car. To mask off rubber trims, preventing paint bridging, you can use trim masking tape, a product specifically designed to be applied around the trims.

Make sure you use a good quality masking tape to avoid the glue sticking to the surface upon removal.

It is important to ensure no masking tape touches the paint work, because once you have sprayed your repair layers with clear coat, any masking tape touching the body work will peel off layers leaving a rough edge, which in itself is an entirely new repair job.