It doesn't take a rocket scientist to use masking tape, although the science put into manufacturing professional masking tape is complex. Good tools and high quality paints are essential to gain professional results. However, they’re not enough when we consider precision and cleanness of the job. To achieve them, the secret lies in the masking process: the areas of the car that don’t have to be painted need a perfect protection, which can be attained only with some specific products.
We offer a solution for many surfaces and job types to help you get the result you need.
When professionally painting an essential step is drying the vehicles in spray booths, or using an infrared lamp at high temperature. The adhesive used in regular masking tape is simply not designed to resist high temperature exposure: as a result, the tape will get off the surface before the paint has dried, causing the paint itself bleeding on the surface to protect. Automotive masking tape, on the other hand, is engineered with a special adhesive that keeps its hold when exposed at high temperature. The tape doesn’t get off before the paint dries, leaving clean surfaces and clean edges at the end of the job.
Beyond high temperature resistance, which remains the most important difference between automotive paint masking tape and regular masking tape, professional tapes also have a higher thickness and tensile strength and elongation.
All these elements sum up to guarantee a swift and quick job, clean results and, ultimately, time savings and work optimization. For the sake of saving a few dollars it can cost you hours of extra work removing scraps, slivers of tape & residue from your job, or in some cases, completely starting again. Our advice is always invest a reliable, quality tape.
Masking Tape: Designed to combine consistent unwinding, easy tear and conform-ability, it must perform well when used tape on tape and with masking paper and protective film. Automotive masking tape can be used for masking the surfaces near the area to paint, where other masking products cannot be applied. The tape is widely used also to fasten masking paper or masking film to the car body.
Masking Film: Automotive masking film is a key product used for masking cars and other vehicles for professional results - if you want to nail the job then you need a good masking film product to protect panels. Masking film is a car painter’s best friend for getting a sweet finish on any vehicle or surface. It can be used on car bodies to outline focal areas for painting but it can also be used on any paint job to protect overspray or surrounding areas from the focal piece.
Car detailing masking film is used to mask off wide surfaces and it is particularly efficient in sealing windows and openings. Good masking film must provide penetration resistance to the paints used in car refinishing, while being light enough and easy to handle to offer a quick and efficient product.
How to use it: Every surface of the car body needs to be degreased and dust-free so get the cleaning prep done as the first step.
Use a quality masking tape - it's used to fasten car masking film on the car and outlining the section of body work that needs painting. Apply the film with the adhesive onto the masking tape that has been placed down on the panel. Then make sure the film protects the outer areas of the panel from over spray.
Automotive Paper: Employed to cover wide areas of the vehicle. Films are lighter and easier to dispose, while paper is heavier, but more resistant.
Trim masking tape: To facilitate trim masking situations including: inset door handles, windscreen, side mouldings, taillight, sidelight and headlight units allowing complete paint coverage under the moulding while protecting the front of the moulding from paint over spray. Engineered to be easily applied under the trims and prevent paint bridging.
Foam masking tape: A refinishing foam masking tape designed to protect door edges and gaps from over spray while providing a smooth edge reducing time to complete the job. It creates an edge faster than other classic jamb masking techniques. Also dust and other contaminants are sealed in, preventing them from damaging paint job. Refinishing foam masking tape can also be left in place during the final prep phase to help reduce compound and polish from entering jamb areas. Thanks to its high conform-ability, the tape perfectly fits the apertures and leaves no leaks through which the paint could over spray. Foam masking tape will bring your job to a higher professional level.
Fine Line Tape: If you looking for a masking tape to obtain clean and sharp lines while painting then the right solution for you is a fine line painters tape, a masking tape specifically designed to improve the precision of the work. It has a thin backing for sharp clean paint edges, flexible for narrow curves, sharp paint edges and available in multiple narrow widths.
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