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Old 01-14-2009, 08:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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check out my taped hub caps!

this was easy to make look nice!

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Old 01-14-2009, 08:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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duct tape is king. im gonna try it on my tricky textured plastic wheel arches next.
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Old 01-14-2009, 10:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Duct tape degrades quickly in UV (sun) light. The adhesive dries and becomes powdery.
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Old 01-14-2009, 10:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I used foil tape on my alloys and it turned out fine. Been there several weeks without a problem. I have since removed one spoke because it was ripping around the valve stem. And I figure at least now I can say its got plenty of brake cooling blah blah.

With them fully taped up though I saw 0.9 mpg difference average according to some scan gauging.
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I used packaging tape to attach the coroplast discs to my trim rings, then painted over the discs and tape. Theyre still holding up just fine. I installed them at the beginning of August and drove it till the end of November.
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maybe some kind of varnish coating would help the tape fight UV
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maybe some kind of varnish coating would help the tape fight UV
Hrmmmm. I wonder if there is a more "UV durable" version of duct tape. I like the foil tape idea, but the duct tape is a better color match and I think it's "flexiness" (can't think of a better word) is more compatible for the shape of your wheel cover.

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"Spar" varnish is designed for boats, and has UV inhibitors built in. It still won't save the adhesive from deteriorating, though.
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Counterintuitively, clear duct tape is more durable in UV.

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