Automotive refinish masking tape tips: choosing the right product

calendar-icon 05 July 2021

In the car refinishing field, choosing the right masking tape can be crucial when painting vehicles. Q1® can make you become a real master of car painting by giving you the perfect tool for any necessity. Let’s see them.


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Automotive refinish masking tape with water and UV resistance

automotive refinishing masking tape

Automotive refinishing doesn’t only mean painting, it means dealing with a hostile environment: high temperatures, water spills, dust and so on. That’s why we introduced Q1® High Performance Masking Tape in our range of masking products.

Q1® High Performance Masking Tape

 It has been specifically designed for most critical jobs in the automotive aftermarket: it can withstand high temperatures of up to 110°C (230°F) for as long as 30 minutes and is UV resistant up to three days. Furthermore, thanks to a specific water resistant backing treatment, it offers superb resistance to moisture, water and solvent based paints, as well as withstanding the process of wet sanding.


A masking tape for sharp and clean paint edges

Painting means precision. What you need is an automotive masking tape that conforms well to curved surfaces without lifting or tearing.

Q1® Premium masking tape guarantees high adhesion and, of course, leaves clean surfaces when removed. This automotive refinish masking tape can be easily applied to any vehicle, fitting the most irregular surfaces, thanks to its rubber based adhesive.

A tape to protect door edges and gaps

Let’s be honest. How much time do you spend masking all those tiny gaps like door edges, bonnets and jambs? A lot, right?

Lucky you, there are some specific automotive refinishing masking tape that reduce masking time around difficult vehicle access points.

Q1® Performance Foam Tape is a flexible sponge foam with premium-grade adhesive. Easy to position, it is designed to mask all apertures and prevent the ingress of paint during spraying, it will give a feathered finish, with no build-up of hard edges. Thanks to its construction, Q1® Premium Foam Masking Tape creates an edge faster than other classic jamb masking techniques. This 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.


Automotive refinish masking tape to follow tight curves

Windscreens and lights are among the most boring parts to mask before painting. Let us tell you a secret: it will be easier to get a flawless finish if you use short stripes of masking tape, instead of longer ones.  

Our Trim masking tape can be torn in short stripes of 38mm that easily fit into the gaps of trim mouldings. Its flexibility guarantees perfect adhesion to irregular surfaces and lets it follow the tight curves. In addition, its adhesive formula resists moisture and solvents, making trim masking tape compatible with the most used types of paint used in professional car painting.


Now that you know which masking tapes are perfect for you, complete your masking solutions stack with other Q1® products!

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