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Old 04-02-2012, 04:27 PM
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Hey gang, I'm beginning the process of using striping tape for detailing certain parts of my Sig 1/5 scale Cub. I've been trying Pactra tape, but it doesn't seem to stretch around curves very well. Is there something better? Or is there a technique I need to develop?

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I use 3M tape, from the auto parts store.
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Yes... 3M tape is the best. Its 3M's Scotch Plastic Tape (blue color). You can get it in various width sizes starting at 1/16". Great for going around curves...once applied holds it's shape (unlike some of the 'red' stuff found in LHS), easy to remove/reposition, leaves a sharp painted line, etc.

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Whoops! ... I was speaking about 3M's masking tape. After re-reading I see you were talking about striping tape. However, my previous comments are applicable to the striping tapes you find in auto paint stores, too. I use both with great success...

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Default RE: Best striping tape?

Actually, the OP isn't clear about what he is asking.

The tape that I mention is for adding that extra "detail" to a model.

If he is asking about masking tape, 3M also manufactures Fine Line Tape, that yields sharp, crisp, lines, and goes around corners well. It, too, is available from automotive paint stores.
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And If you don't like the price for the commercial stuff. take a roll of black electricians tape, lay it out on a piece of glass. Take a metal straight edge, and cut your own. Whatever width your heart desires.

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3M masking tape from auto paint supply, stick on pin stripeing tape I get at the auto parts store. I only use 3M masking tapes for painting. Worst tape I used was Great Planes 1/8" vinyl masking tape the stuff would stretch then creep back. almost impossible to keep from stretching it.
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I just stopped at the auto-paint supply last week and asked for some 3M fine-line tape.  It was ~$8 per roll.  They had an equivalent tape from Norton for ~$6 per roll.  I haven't used it yet on actual paint masking, but it looks identical to the 3M.
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Was looking for stick-on and leave-on tape for (for example) where the canopy meets the fuselage. If 3M makes a good tape i'll try that.

FYI, I tried a product called Frog Tape recently, for painting the lightning bolts onto my Koveralled Sig Cub. Talk about crisp! I was very impressed.

Either way, thanks everyone for the input.
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Try some 3M automotive pinstripe tape. It will hold very well and you can get it in many widths.
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Will do, thanks!
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If tape doesn't make you happy then get one of these. It uses monokote or what ever covering you happen to be using.

http://www.monokote.com/accys/topr2420.html
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If tape doesn't make you happy then get one of these. It uses monokote or what ever covering you happen to be using.

http://www.monokote.com/accys/topr2420.html

Thanks; not really applicable to a painted fabric covering
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I use auto stripeing tape from any auto parts store then cover it with clear dope.
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