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What tape to use to mask wheels prior painting?

Have stripped old paint off my Fuchs, now need to mask off the rims prior re-painting. Is there a special pliable tape to use in order to mask the 360 deg curve of the wheels?

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3M makes a 1/16" blue tape which is great for curves. Auto body shops and Amazon carry it.
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+1 on the 3M tape. It's the vinyl stuff you want. I use 1/4" to make the compund curves and then switch to the cheaper, wider blue paper tape.
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Go for the real 3M I used a cheaper version and it lifted in some spots leaving a blurred transition instead of nice and sharp.


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You want to use some sort of narrow vinyl tape for the edges, like Fine Line. Then mask the remaining larger areas just over the edge of the vinyl tape with some sort of regular masking tape. Cheap tape acts, well, cheap. It doesn't stick as well or, ironically, release as well, either. This is one area where you get what you pay for.

The vinyl tape will give you a nice sharp edge where the blue painter's tape won't. Some have used electrical tape for that sharp edge, but it's a little to wide to be flexible enough to steer around the multiple compound curve corners.
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+1 on the 3M tape. It's the vinyl stuff you want. I use 1/4" to make the compund curves and then switch to the cheaper, wider blue paper tape.
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3m automotive tape is yellow now. It's what you need to tape off the rim as it really sticks. Prep with xylol prior for best adhesion.

It's carried at your local Sherwin Williams paint store or automotive paint supply house.

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I use pin striping tape from the local FLAPS. It's flexible and gives a nice sharp line.
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If you just want to paint the centers black, no taping necessary. Just have some lacquer or enamal thinner handy and try to keep most of the overspray off the outer rim. Wet a shop rag with thinner and carefully wipe the outer rim clean asap.
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I used electrical tape on the areas where I needed the tape to stretch or bend a little around the tricky corners then used blue masking for the rest.
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there's a special made 3M countour tape, that a) does curved areas nicely and b) doesn't disolve from paint
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