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Old 01-16-2008, 06:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Duct Tape for Aero Testing?

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Here's a silly question. Can Duct Tape hurt your paint job? Assuming it doesn't hurt your paint job, how easy is it to remove the sticky stuff that it leaves behind? I am asking because I am thinking about using Duct Tape to test changes to the car's nose.

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Old 01-16-2008, 06:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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All I have to say is.... Yay for medium gray unpainted plastic bumpers. So ingenious. Must have known that if you were gonna buy this type of vehicle, the paint in that area is probably gonna have mud/dirt/rocks thrown at it anyway, and if you do want it painted you pay for it.

Hey, they should make it where if you don't want painted trim, you don't have to. Some do it already, but might as well have everyone do it.

I'm gonna guess it depends on if it scuffs the paint or not. In reality tho, the only damage you will probably have is from you getting that sticky stuff off of there, and it will probably remove the wax/protectants there were on it beforehand if you get it off of there successfully. might cause that swirly paint appearance if it microscopically damages it.
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DifferentPointofView -

Yeah, I wish my car came with unpainted bumpers, like the super-base version has. You can get colored duct tape, so I can have white duct tape on my white bumper.

I think my best bet is to get a used bumper cover cheap (I know where to get one!!!!) and modify that to the max.

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I think that if your real careful on how you put it on, it should be fine. and if you want to take it off. just peel some slightly off and pour warm soapy water into the adhesive part of the tape. should take it off of there.
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There are several products on the market to remove the sticky stuff. If you leave the tape on for to long it will remove the clear coat. If you are just testing, you should be O.K.
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Once, when i had only a 2 door Cellica (LOVED IT!), i had to get 10ft PVC pipes home from the store for boffing. I put them in the car long ways, hung them out the window, and duct taped them to the side of the car until i could get home.

The tape came off easy.
The paint was not damaged.
The sticky stuff was very difficult to remove. Adhesive remover may of helped but i was cheap and lazy back then.
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I used white duct tape on my white paint: bumper, side panels, the works. No residue, came off clean. I had it on for about a month or so.
If it does leave some residue, it's nothing a little WD-40 can't handle.
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I used white duct tape on my white paint: bumper, side panels, the works. No residue, came off clean. I had it on for about a month or so.
If it does leave some residue, it's nothing a little WD-40 can't handle.
That's good to know. I've seen people tape cameras onto their cars for action shots using duct tape so I assumed it's not damagesome.
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