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Old 11-07-2010, 09:45 AM
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LOLOLOL, ok, I guess that IS what you did now that I look at the photo you posted here, you had another tank already painted. But how does that process help if you don't have that? Do as I thought and just tape it up using the triple masking and remove it to fine line the edges?

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It is obviously a technique can you get a piece of tape and lay it out and explain how you make those curves? Are you stretching it a little as you push it down? Or are you letting it "gather" a little as you push it down?

I have done VERY little custom paint but always seem to have a problem with that tape pulling up on the corners. I will press it down and run my finger nail backwards across it like a "squeegee" when putting a large decal on. If that makes sense. I have had the darn tape come up just about every time I have tried to bend sharp corners. Fine line in blue or green, it doesn't seem to make a difference for me.

Without a doubt if I had taped up that truck I would have had rolled up edges here and there. What are some tricks?

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Here's what ive learned from doing my truck.


Dont use old tape, Dont use blue tape, Dont use low tack tape.

Tape over the fine line as close to the same temp as it was layed on with new tape only. Yea i stretched the fine line in 75~ temp and taped over that as soon as i could. It took about 4 days to mask the whole thing up. At night the fine line does pull up, i didnt mess with it till it warmed up.The key to sharp curves is the temp and spraying it at the same temp. Learned that the hard way.When taping the fine line you cant rush through it. Yea gota make shure the tape is on there good, i rubbed it on hard and for the most part it stayed.

One last Dont.. Dont let drunk friends help, its fun till the next morning, then your like ,what the hell was i thinking!
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Ok, so temperature is a biggie, cool. I know that the NEW tape is a big one. The last thing I taped off was a tail lamp on my Gran Sport for the black and silver stuff they had on from the factory. I had plenty of tape and was having a hard time, I went and bought new tape and it worked MUCH better.

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I think i missed something you were wanting to know.
I used the blue fine line first then taped over it and then masked it all off.
May not be the right way and it was a pita but it worked fine.
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I think i missed something you were wanting to know.
I used the blue fine line first then taped over it and then masked it all off.
May not be the right way and it was a pita but it worked fine.
Yeah I like having the edge taped last so I can unmask it. I started doing it that way years ago while two toning bumpers for late model cars, it works REALLY good for me. And you can still tape over the fine line if you want to help hold it down or what ever. But as long as the fine line isn't buried under the surrounding masking it will still come off easy before the rest of the masking has to. It works well for me!

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Heres a nightmare for yea.

LOLOL, that is BEAUTIFUL if you ask me! I love it, like I said I have done very little custom paint work. But I love seeing it and the passion needed to do something like that is inspiring.

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Milo, I looked at your link and now I am confused. You show the template being made from a tank already painted. I read what I thought was every word, but I don't understand. Did you pull that template off a previously painted tank so you could duplicate it?



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yes, to duplicate and I learned templets from you
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Cool, looks good!

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Good thread folks, thanks for the replies. Just wanted to conclude with a pic or two and say that my first experience with stripes was rather good. I will also say that when someone says "your tape has to be perfect", they mean perfect. Most any overlapping of tape, wrinkles, loose spots where it pulls up and you push it back down (repeatedly), or splices will show some evidence. Luckily some Q-Tips and thinner can fix it.

The "T" I had to make with the tape is right behind the hood scoop to create the continuation of the thin stripe towards the windshield.
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