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Old 04-09-2011, 03:30 PM
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masking under cowl vent

My kid is working on his 66 Canso which will be a looong time to completion due to lack of time. He has the cowl vent off and the underneath sandblasted and finished in flat black. He now wants to put the cowl back on to finish the body work on that part of the car. He plans to mask the underside of the vent to prevent spraying colour down inside, and then pull the masking off from inside the car after painting the car, years down the road. Any body done this? Is there is a better way? What should he use to mask it so it will stay on? Keep in mind that where it is masked won't be visible when the car is done. Thanks for any suggestions!

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If it won't be visible (I'm not familiar with the car) why mask it?

I'm working on a 67 mustang and I redid the cowl then sprayed black inside. I have left it open for the body work (I'll just blow the dust out) but I just plan on stuffing a lot of rags or something up there for paint time.
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Tape the perimeter with a GOOD quality 1.5'' masking tape from the bottom side with half of the tapes sticky side up 3/4'' past perimeter of the opening. Cut your masking paper to size and carefully lay it on top with your hand inside pressing the paper to the tape. slide your hand out and put a piece of tape on the top where your hand was to ensure a good seal(unless you have access for your hand from the interior). Hope this is clear enough without a picture. Best of luck.
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If it won't be visible (I'm not familiar with the car) why mask it?

I'm working on a 67 mustang and I redid the cowl then sprayed black inside. I have left it open for the body work (I'll just blow the dust out) but I just plan on stuffing a lot of rags or something up there for paint time.
Because not masking it is "car lot" style work. I wouldn't recommend the rags either because they have the potential of putting trash in your job.
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You can reach it like that from the inside?
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I'm not familiar with the car either I'm referring to putting your hand in from the top side and working your way around to a place that can be reached from the inside or simply placing a 5'' or so piece of tape on the top where your hand was.
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Thanks guys for the tips. Nastynotch, The Canso is a Canadian Pontiac Acadian similar to a Chev Nova. Was sort of a muscle car in it's day. Do you think masking tape will last until he paints it? Or maybe some other kind of tape?
JohnnyK, you'll still be able to see into the opening if you look in, and he'll likely be painting it a light shade of yellow so don't want overspray on the flat black. The vent was of course spot welded on and will be plug welded back on before paint.

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Here's a picture of a 66 Canso Sport Deluxe. Hopefully his will look as good some day. It came with a 327 and an auto trans., not sure which one. It's been modified with a Heidts front clip. Looked real nice when he got it, but he knew it needed lot's of body work. Lot's of rust filled over.
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Ahh, I thought you meant it was totally sealed (Hence, not visible), perhaps lower down in the cowl (more towards the hood, I mean).

Perhaps rags aren't the best idea, but I know on the mustang you'd be quite hard pressed to get yoru hand up to the vents.

Maybe you could get some masking in there, and tape it up on one side up inside the cowl hat, then get to the other side and afix it up inside that cowl hat?

Perhaps I'm misunderstanding nastynotch as well, but you can't tape it from the top, as there are grills that need to be painted (I assume).
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As long as it wasn't outside in the sun I think it would be ok. I had a long term Mustang project that had the door openings masked off for a long period of time. I moved into a new garage and towed it there at 65 mph the tape held up to my suprise!
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Thanks guys, I'll let him know that good quality tape should last. JohnnyK, I think Nasty meant to tape from the bottom up to the grill? Nastynotch?
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Hey Nastynotch, took a look at where you live in Orland Park. Closest to you I've been is Sturgeon Bay in Wisconsin a couple of years ago on a course (party) one of our suppliers put on, Hatco. Cool company owned by the employees. We were supposed to go out on a tour boat on Lake Michigan but there was a tornado alert. You get many of those? Scary!
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I wasn't sure if there were vents that covered a hole and was describing a way to tape a larger opening. You will have to tape it completly from the bottom if the vents are there permanently. As far back as I can remember we've had some tornado warnings but never any actual tornadoes in Orland.
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