General Masking Steps

  • clean the masking area

    Step 1: Clean Area

    Clean the area with water basedcleaner. Wipe area with a VOC compliant solvent prep cleaner. Dry the area. The preferable surface temperature for masking is 60°–80°F.

  • masking critical edges of vehicles

    Step 2: Critical Edge Masking

    Mask the areas that require fineline tape first. Mask the rest of the repair and backup the fineline with creped tape. Protect any nearby moldings with trim masking tape.


  • vehicle being protected from overspray

    Step 3: Overspray Protection

    Ensure that the car is completely dry prior to applying plastic sheeting. Mask entire vehicle with plastic sheeting. Cut out the repair area with a razor blade. Tape the plastic sheeting directly to critical masking edge.

  • removing masking from vehicle post painting

    Step 4: Masking Removal

    After painting, remove the masking tape at a 90-degree angle to the vehicle’s surface.

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  • Important Note
    There are of course many factors and variables that can affect an individual repair, so the technician and repair facility need to evaluate each specific application and repair process, including relevant vehicle, part and OEM guidelines, and determine what is appropriate for that repair.