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Old 07-10-16, 02:55 PM   #1
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Helicopter tape?

I was not sure whether to post here or in Bicycle Mechanics but thought the folks here might have a better idea.
I will be finish painting, primer,base/clear coat, a frame we recently bought in The Netherlands. It is a women's step through touring bike. My question is about making,fabricating a "wearstrip" on the top side of the downtube to protect the paint when my wife gets on & off the bike. I have heard about the above tape and would appreciate any advice.
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"Helicopter tape" is fairly expensive. Gorilla repair tape is less money, and very tough. I have used it for chainstay protectors, it's inconspicuous. I use gloves when I touch it.
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It's the same 3m material on auto paint protection sheet. it comes in various thicknesses. You might be able to get scraps from shop that installs clear auto nose masks or paint protection. It has an adhesive That won't cross link with paint which makes it easily removable.
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One of My Friends is in the USCG now . the Legends of taping up a Blade after cutting off a Bit to match what was shot off from the other blade, to get back out of the Jungles not yet Agent Oranged, circulated amongst the Helo Maintenance Hanger Crews.
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It's the same 3m material on auto paint protection sheet.
the stuff I've seen comes on rolls. One of the problems I have with it is that "helicopter tape" is whatever someone says it is.
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Try Scotchgard Paint Protection Film Pro Series (current Part Number VSGH6 Pro) same as "clear auto bra" Developed to protect paint and is removable without paint damage. I have been using this for about 10 years. After 8 years it started yellowing from exposure to petroleum lubricants and road oil.
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"Helicopter Tape" is just clear polyurethane tape sold under various names and yes it works very well for frame tube protection. It's easy to apply, easy to remove and not really all that expensive in small quantities. Make sure you get the "outdoor/UV resistant" version. 2" width is good for covering 1/2 the circumference of most steel tubes.
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