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    masking tape

    To some this may seem to be a stupid question, but here goes. What different types of masking tape will work when painting a new body ? These are what I have previously purchased:

    http://www.greathobbies.com/producti...od_id=PCTMT102
    http://www.greathobbies.com/producti...od_id=PCTMT108

    Could I use 3m house painters tape (green or blue colour) ? I am going with a simple theme for my first attempt at painting a body. It will be Outlaw Black with 2 Competion Orange stripes down the middle. Most say paint darkest colours first...correct ? How should I mask this ? I don't think the 2 sizes of tape I purchased will be the smartest way to go.

    Thanks for any help

    Jamie

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    I use 3m painters tape. I would tape off the stripes first
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    Quote Originally Posted by pedecrawler
    I use 3m painters tape. I would tape off the stripes first

    Would the green colour 3m tape be ok ? I have a few rolls in different widths already. Or is the blue colour preferred ?

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    I used green with great results, no issues


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    Yes, you can use the painters tape. It's good stuff - no bleed and no residue when you peel it up.

    Aside from the white "fender flares" for which I used Pactra trim tape, this entire body (including the window masking) was masked with blue painters tape....



    Whether you like my body or think it sucks is not the point, it's just an example of what kind of results you can get with painters tape. This body has ZERO flaws related to the masking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pedecrawler
    I use 3m painters tape. I would tape off the stripes first
    I agree, 3m for me works great!!!

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    This is what the different colors of 3m painters tape are

    Green tape is 20/60 and is the stickiest of all the 3m colors
    tan with purple middle is 20/40 not quite as sticky
    tan with grey middle 20/20 (what most painters use)
    Blue is the least sticky and I believe is 20/10 (not very many painters use this because it does not stick very well in construction jobs)

    The Green tape sticks really well but I have had a problem when painting homes with it peeling off the paint that I back masked to paint a different color....

    Hope that helps.

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    Thta pactra tape is really good stuff.

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    Blue is meant for using (for short periods) over freshly painted surfaces.

    Should always remove masking as soon as possible after painting, as the
    latest coat of paint can soak into the tape and the solvents wreck the previous coat.

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    Thanks for the help guys, I appreciate it !!!!!!!!

    Jamie

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    btw check your LHS... chances are they'll carry the
    Tamiya yellow masking tape in several different widths.

    its not too expensive, handy dispenser, works great

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    Blue painters tape has always worked great for me

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    this stuff works great - http://frogtape.com/
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    I picked up some Frog Tape for my next paint job. The way it bonds to the surface and blocks bleeding, AND removes easily were the selling points for me. I'll report back once I have a chance to USE the stuff. I just finished painting a body last week. I'll probably pick up the next candidate sometime next week or two. Not sure what model it'll be since they've discontinued my standard Hardcore bodies. Maybe a Silverado or possibly a Desert Rat.
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