The 4 automotive refinishing products you always have to keep by your side

calendar-icon 15 September 2020

Even James Bond had his secret weapons, why shouldn’t you have them, too? In this article we’ll show you which tools must always be with you when you paint any kind of vehicle.

Here’s the top 4 automotive refinishing products you have to use for saving time and making the paint process easy, with flawless results and a quality finish.

Automotive masking tape: the real must-have

This is simply the masking tool any body shop MUST have.

Automotive masking tape is made with premium crepe paper with natural rubber base adhesive, specific for automotive car refinishing applications during drying cycles at high temperatures up to 110°C/230°F. It is designed to provide maximum adhesion both on the car body and the plastic parts, without leaving adhesive traces when removed, even with high temperatures.

Q1® Premium Masking Tape is an automotive masking tape designed to combine consistent unwinding, easy tear and conformability, performing extremely well when used tape on tape and with masking paper and protective film. This masking tape is widely used also to fasten masking paper or masking film to the car body.

Foam masking tape, a real time saver

Premium Foam Masking Tape

Traditional flat masking tape can leave paint lines when used inside apertures, or must be rolled in order to create a sort of soft edge.

Thanks to its construction, Q1® Premium Foam Masking Tape 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.

Automotive masking film, for extreme protection

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Pre-taped or plain (without adhesive), it’s up to you. Just be sure to have at least one of these automotive refinishing products with you.

Car paint protection films are made of clear HDPE protective sheet, treated to ensure paint adhesion of both solvent and waterborne paints specific for vehicle painting jobs. This car paint protection film has an excellent paint adhesion due to its electrostatic property result of corona treatment and the composition of the raw material with specific additives.

Q1® Premium Masking Drop Film and Q1® Premium Protective Film are professional products for automotive painting. The latest technologies have led to great results concerning temperature resistance: they withstands high temperatures up to 110°C/230°F for half an hour and 90°C/194°F for one hour. The films are easy to remove and leave clean surfaces with no residue.

Trim masking tape: masking made easier

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Trim masking tape is pre-cut every 38mm, allowing tearing it in short stripes that easily fit into the gaps of trim mouldings. Its flexibility guarantees perfect adhesion to curved, straight or irregular surfaces.

This automotive refinishing product will 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 overspray.

Q1® Premium Trim Masking Tape is composed by a plastic strip on a self-adhesive tape and a flexible polyester band of 190 my and a width of 10mm, thermal class B (130°C/266°F). Thanks to its characteristics, the tape supports high temperatures (up to 110°C/230°F) without leaving any residue.

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.


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