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Old 06-26-2004, 08:21 PM
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tape marks under clear

Okay, scuffed the clear on the hood and fenders, taped off flames, shot the flames, untaped and shot clear over the whole area. If the light is right, you can see the tape lines under the clear. How can I eliminate this in my next paint job?

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Did you sand it lightly to remove the tape edge after you applied the flames? that should do it , unless you didn't let the clear cure long enough.

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The tape line on the flames is not the problem - it is fine next to the flames due to using the blue "fine line" tape. With the next tape line out - the regular green masking tape - it leaves a film or something that shows through the clear a little. I taped off the area between the flames with 3/4" tape and you can see every row of tape I applied. Any way around this?
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If you cleared over it, it is there to stay. It has to be cleaned of be for applying the clear.

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Troy,

I know it's there to stay now, but how can I avoid this problem in the future? If I sand the whole area again before the clear, won't it upset the metalic in the paint?

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Sand the tape edges very carefully to level them and sand the taped areas very carefully . it should clean the tape residue. Don't go deep enough to get the metallic. then the clear should hide every thing.

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What you can do next time if you don't plan on fixing this, is maybe un-mask the flames a little sooner if you have that problem next to the flames so that the clear doesn't dry straight up and down, it needs just a miniscule bit of run so that it levels itself out on its own, but dont unmask too soon or it will ruin the project. What you can do about the 3/4 tape lines, is next time, rather than taping off the area around the flames with the 3/4 tape all around, is mask off the area with paper instead, you can mask the flames, and if they aren't really close together, overlap the thin blue tape and the 3/4 inch tape and lay down half the the 3/4 in the blue without cutting into the flames, and stick the other half to a sheet of masking paper. Cut the paper or fold it to fit around the flames and hold it down with the 3/4 inch tape. If anything, it will only leave a few small lines around the flames or whatever you're doing at the time. At the worst, you'll have to switch to a different type of tape. Also, after the paint has dried next time, if you still have those lines after removing the paper/tape, take a heat gun or even a blow dryer and try heating the film left behind and try removing it that way, but if you're going to clear over it, then you may be able to clear over it, then scuff just that area, and airbrush over the lines. A good wet sanding should even out the area and another coat or two of clear will do wonders. If I was confusing in all of this either E-Mail me at xpfefx@graffiti.net or send me a message on AOL Instant Messenger at funrl fr a frnd and I can explain a little bit better for you.
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