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    Taping off sections to be polished

    Ok, seems ive been doing this wrong also........did a search and got some answers, just not too sure on this one, I get the taping of trim, emblems, glass.........but are you guys leaving the tape on while doing a 2X2 section, just not hitting the tape with the buffer..............now say you have swirls your trying to get rid of and you get them all.......don"t you still have swirls under the tape, and if you do then say whats next.

    Ive been just using very small pcs of tape outside my 2X2 area, then I move the small pcs just inside the area I did and proceed.............this just doesn't work all that well. LOL

    Other than that the car is looking great, just gotta do the sides.

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    Re: Taping off sections to be polished

    Quote Originally Posted by Richs66 View Post
    Ok, seems ive been doing this wrong also........did a search and got some answers, just not too sure on this one, I get the taping of trim, emblems, glass.........but are you guys leaving the tape on while doing a 2X2 section, just not hitting the tape with the buffer..............now say you have swirls your trying to get rid of and you get them all.......don"t you still have swirls under the tape, and if you do then say whats next.

    Ive been just using very small pcs of tape outside my 2X2 area, then I move the small pcs just inside the area I did and proceed.............this just doesn't work all that well. LOL

    Other than that the car is looking great, just gotta do the sides.

    Rich
    When doing large panels, marking the way your doing it is fine.

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    Re: Taping off sections to be polished

    How to tape-off a car before machine polishing


    Inspect the paint first
    Before buffing out a car first inspect the paint for issues that are already present. Things like burn-through on edges and corners. This is especially important on muscle cars, streetrods and classics and basically anything built before the mid-1970's. The reason why is because cars built back then don't have the luxury of being designed and assembled like modern cars and where body panels come together they won't be perfectly aligned. This means the edge of the hood may sit higher than the edge of the fender and it's this high side you want to inspect to see if anyone that has buffed the car out BEFORE you wasn't careful and burned through the paint on the sharp edges.


    Take note of pre-existing damage
    If you find any places where the paint has pre-existing damage, be sure to point it out to the owner of the car and if you're using an inspection form like my VIF then mark it down on the form.

    Maybe I should have searched a little harder, caught this one from Mike..........think I got it down now.

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    Re: Taping off sections to be polished

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    How to tape-off a car before machine polishing


    Inspect the paint first
    Before buffing out a car first inspect the paint for issues that are already present. Things like burn-through on edges and corners. This is especially important on muscle cars, streetrods and classics and basically anything built before the mid-1970's. The reason why is because cars built back then don't have the luxury of being designed and assembled like modern cars and where body panels come together they won't be perfectly aligned. This means the edge of the hood may sit higher than the edge of the fender and it's this high side you want to inspect to see if anyone that has buffed the car out BEFORE you wasn't careful and burned through the paint on the sharp edges.


    Take note of pre-existing damage
    If you find any places where the paint has pre-existing damage, be sure to point it out to the owner of the car and if you're using an inspection form like my VIF then mark it down on the form.

    Maybe I should have searched a little harder, caught this one from Mike..........think I got it down now.

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    What does this have to do with taping before polishing?

    A new thread should read, "Inspection before polishing".

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    Re: Taping off sections to be polished

    Sorry about that, just a small part of an article that Mike P had, a lot of the article applied to what I was thinking , didn"t want to start a new thread and get people even more confused than I normally do.

    I'm gonna do some taping now like from the article, and the way I have been doing it with the small pcs of tape.

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    Re: Taping off sections to be polished

    Wait, so you are taping off a 2'x2' square and using that as the area you polish and move it over and over?

    The square being taped off on a panel is for a test spot to show the difference between what is and isnt corrected. You dont need to tape off squares for polishing, the 2'x2' area is just a guideline of the size of an area you should be working with. Taping off is only for high points, plastics, and emblems.

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    Re: Taping off sections to be polished

    In a perfect world, you should tape off everything you don't want to pad to touch.

    In the real world, that is a lot of work and it takes a lot of time to do. So you have to decide if you prefer to tape off or try to be really careful as you polish and correct mistakes you might make.

    In my experience, a DA pad won't damage anything when it touches glass or molding. You will have to clean them afterwards, but I have never damaged a molding by having a pad rub on it for a second or two.

    As for spaces between pannels, if you want to avoid having polish in them, and have to spend time cleaning them, the trick is to spread the polish all over your work area before going near the edges. Once the product is well distributed on the pannel, you should not have excess product that will fill gaps between pannels.

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    Re: Taping off sections to be polished

    Quote Originally Posted by Kinalyx View Post
    Wait, so you are taping off a 2'x2' square and using that as the area you polish and move it over and over?

    The square being taped off on a panel is for a test spot to show the difference between what is and isnt corrected. You dont need to tape off squares for polishing, the 2'x2' area is just a guideline of the size of an area you should be working with. Taping off is only for high points, plastics, and emblems.

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    He's using this as a guide, so he knows where he started and where he ended. He would then move the small piece of tape 1/4" or less, on the polished area and start a new 2'X2' section.

    I use no more than 2 pieces of tape as I can use a door handle or a change in angle on the body as a guide.

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    Re: Taping off sections to be polished

    I always wipe each section after polishing it. I will leave about an inch of the polish on the section to mark where I left off.
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    Re: Taping off sections to be polished

    Call me the odd-man out as I have stopped taping much of anything. Unless it's crazy complicated small areas or difficult trim areas I find it's not necessary. McKee's wax remover works awesome and easily cleans up any areas I may slip or hit by mistake. I find it's actually really good for helping clean up window trim prior to coating or sealing them regardless too.
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