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Painting stripes

HI all,
I plan to paint stripes on my Mustang. I plan on using a single stage paint for the car. Any tips like what kind of tape to use would be appreciated!
Thx, Walt

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For razor edge stripes use 3M Fine Line tape. You can get it in several widths up to about 3/8". I like the more narrow stuff 1/16" to 1/8" for stripes as it bends and conforms better. Once you have laid out the stripes with the 3M use some masking tape on top of it to mask off the area you do not want to paint. After painting pull the 3M tape up fairly quickly pulling it back onto itself.


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Don't forget after the stripes are layed out with the fine line to go over the tape again pressing down with your finger and make sure its down good, so no paint bleeds under the edge of the tape. Fine line is a little pricey compared to masking tape, but its worth it for stuff like what your doing. Search the archives for fineline tape or stripes, I know it has been covered before.
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as far as 3m fineline goes.. the blue is more flexible than the tan/yellow.. whatever color they would call it.. i use the blue for sharp radius's and the other for straight lines..
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Here's a tip for sharp edges, pull the tape off as soon as the last coat is
sprayed. To be able to do this tape with fine line tape as usual.
Then mask off the rest of the car but leave a gap between the fine line
and other masking, about a quarter of an inch. You cover that little
gap last with regular 1/2" tape, after spraying the last coat, pull the
1/2" tape then the fine line tape. This makes it quick and easy, you don't
have to worry about the rest of the masking that you leave in place.
If you can't pull the tape while it's wet, you can use an Exacto knife
and carefully cut the paint against the tape. You have to be careful.
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