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    Re: MASKING- Looking for the RIGHT way to do it

    Thanks for this info Mike. I knew I was doing it wrong.

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    Re: MASKING- Looking for the RIGHT way to do it

    I found you - this is a great post- i should have used mask instead of tape for my search.....came up so fast - will upload some pics when iget hom to get your take.

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    Ok, the windshield washer nozzles just piss me off. First time the buffer gets anywhere near those the blue tape goes flying across the garage or sticks to the pad.

    Every car I have the wipers are down by a painted area, so I tried removing them during a recent detail job. I taped over the screw post sticking up. That didn't prevent the post from tearing my brand new 8" red pad in half......

    Wasn't a good day in the garage.

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    Re: MASKING- Looking for the RIGHT way to do it

    Quote Originally Posted by hacker-pschorr View Post
    Ok, the windshield washer nozzles just piss me off. First time the buffer gets anywhere near those the blue tape goes flying across the garage or sticks to the pad.

    Every car I have the wipers are down by a painted area, so I tried removing them during a recent detail job. I taped over the screw post sticking up. That didn't prevent the post from tearing my brand new 8" red pad in half......

    Wasn't a good day in the garage.
    Some washer nozzles can be removed, such as the Honda Pilot with no under hood insulation. The wipers can be turned on and then the ignition key turned off when the wipers reach their zenith.

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    Re: MASKING- Looking for the RIGHT way to do it

    Quote Originally Posted by seth1066 View Post
    The wipers can be turned on and then the ignition key turned off when the wipers reach their zenith.
    I've done that before, just figured I would remove them completly. Damn pad was like a magnet to that post.

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    Re: MASKING- Looking for the RIGHT way to do it

    What type of tape do you guys use and where can I buy it?

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    Re: MASKING- Looking for the RIGHT way to do it

    Quote Originally Posted by HealthyCivic View Post
    What type of tape do you guys use and where can I buy it?
    Painter's tape. Walmart, paint stores, Big Lots, Dollar Stores, etc.
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    Re: MASKING- Looking for the RIGHT way to do it

    now this is a full write up on how to do it right... i think taping up is also time consuming but crucial to the final results of the detail....do you use the 3M blue tape?

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    Re: MASKING- Looking for the RIGHT way to do it

    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Phillips View Post
    Here are some examples of what I cover before doing what I call a "Complete". When I used to detail cars full time, if I had to start with the compounding process, then I would call the job a "Complete", because I had to start with the hardest and most time consuming process, (removing serious defect with a rotary buffer and a compound), and work my way through multiple steps until I had achieved a show car finish, in other words, I had to completely go over the car finish with all the steps required for a show car finish.

    In order to prevent splatter on wheels and tires, you can purchase wheel covers and any good PBE store or just use what you already have, newspaper and tape



    After covering the wheels and tires, start taping-off everything you don't' want to detail later, (Here the word detail means, get the wax out of the cracks, or anything you don't want to get excess product, (splatter), into, such as under grills where the area under the grill is not readily accessible, or you don't want to run the buffer over, like high points, edges and body seams, or even known thin areas.



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    Re: MASKING- Looking for the RIGHT way to do it

    One can use large plastic trash bags to cover wheel and tire assemblies to protect them from buffer splatter.
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