Auto body masking tape, paper and film are the key products for masking cars and other vehicles with professional results. Each of them must be used for specific applications and gives the best results when employed following a precise procedure, with some tips & tricks to save time and improve output: let’s discover all of them in this guide to the use of professional masking tape by Q1® Tapes.
In this article you’re gonna learn:
Let’s start from the beginning: the cleaning. Before applying any masking product, what you need to do is to clean carefully every surface of the car body, degrease it and make sure it is free from dust. Any kind of dirt could compromise the adhesion of both masking products, fillers, primers and paints, leading to outcomes that could make you waste hours of work and tons of expensive products. Once the vehicle is cleaned, you can start with the masking.
Automotive paint refinishing masking tape is the basic product of professional masking. You can employ the tape in two ways:
What kind of tape is best to use on a car? Automotive refinishing masking tape is employed in professional contexts that require speed, precision, sharp and clean results. When choosing a good automotive paint tape you have to take into account some key qualities such as:
You can start from these products:
Q1® High Performance Masking Tape: specifically designed for most critical jobs in the automotive aftermarket and can withstand high temperatures of up to 110°C (230°F) for as long as 30 minutes. It’s also UV resistant up to three days, making it ideal for projects where UV resistance is required.
Q1® Premium Automotive masking tape: a product designed to combine consistent unwinding, easy tear and conformability, performing extremely well when used tape on tape and with masking paper and protective film.
Q1® Premium Trim Masking tape: designed to facilitate trim masking situations, such as inset door handles, windscreen, side mouldings, taillight, sidelight and so on.
Q1® Performance Foam Tape: designed to mask all apertures and prevent the ingress of paint during spraying, it is the ideal masking solution for reducing masking time around doors, tailgates and other vehicle access points.
Car masking paper, fixed by tape, is used to mask off wide surfaces and it is particularly efficient in sealing windows and openings, as paper is thicker than film and resists better on empty areas. Good masking paper 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. Let’s see how to apply automotive masking paper on a vehicle.
To apply automotive masking paper we need again masking tape:
You can start from this product:
Q1® Premium Masking Paper: a high quality 50gsm car masking paper, created for automotive aftermarket applications. It is designed to offer protection against primers, varnishes and both water and solvent based paints.
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