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#1 alec OFFLINE  

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Posted July 02, 2015 - 09:07 PM

I painted cars for twenty + years so I thought I would share a tip .

tin foil works very well for masking dirty parts ( engine parts , hoses , greasy shafts ) or parts you are scared to tape on ( stuff the tape may peel off )

the coolest thing is that you can wrap it and squish it and it stays .

if you get it tight enough and strait enough you can get a pretty clean line .

works great for wiring harnesses and chains .

you can put a clean rag under it if you are painting something you are worried about scratching

heavy duty foil is the best but any will work ( it just likes to tear easy )

be careful using a bunch of small pieces . you want enough on each end to squish together , it doesnt hurt to throw a piece of tape at it eather

hope this is helpful to someone

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Posted July 02, 2015 - 09:14 PM

That's a good tip, Makes sense on all levels. Thanks

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Posted July 02, 2015 - 09:48 PM

A trick I found when masking gasket areas like oil pan or intake is to mask over the gasket area with a good painters masking tape and tap the edges with a rubber mallet and use an exactor knife where the mallet can't get around the gasket edges. Makes for a clean gasket area after painting.

I'll add the Tinfoil trick to my painting tool box. Thanks!

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Posted July 03, 2015 - 07:27 AM

Thanks for the tip

A fellow years ago would smear grease on parts he didn't want to get paint on.

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Posted July 03, 2015 - 08:19 AM

Here's another tip that worked for me:


Years ago I found a sliding window for the back of my truck. The frame of the window needed to be painted to freshen it up before installation. I took liquid dish washing soap and smeared it over all the glass. Spray painted the frame and let sit for a day or two. Broke out the garden hose and rinsed the soap and overspray off. Worked like a charm and saved me from a lot of masking.

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Posted July 03, 2015 - 01:57 PM

That is a good idea. Reminds how much i dislike masking. I painted numerous cars for friends and family for a jug but they had to do all the prep work including masking....this truck was painted with Restoration Shop single stage,,excellent product for $150 kit.. great gloss and very durable

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Posted July 06, 2015 - 02:44 AM

There is a spray soap on the market for about 20 years now, spray it right out of your regular paint gun. It drys in a couple a minutes ,and when your done just rinse it off with water.

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