Vehicle manufacturing is comprised of multiple high-precision processes, from heavy-duty chassis fabrication to lightweight surface protection solutions. Each of these stages is integral for the fabrication of exceptional quality vehicles for discerning consumers. Building high-value products requires an attention to the fine details, to ensure customers are satisfied with the performance and aesthetic of their brand-new car. While panel and chassis fabrications are increasingly performed using robotic production lines, automotive paint masking often requires a more bespoke touch.
A vehicle’s paintwork is one of its most distinct features, so it is crucial that contingencies are put in place to avoid flaws and irregularities in the finish of aluminum panels or carbon fiber bodywork. Automotive paint masking is the benchmark solution to this problem.
This article will explore the capacities and applications of automotive paint masking products in further detail:
What is Automotive Paint Masking?
Automotive paint masking is the process of preparing vehicle bodywork or components for overspray and fine detail painting. It is used throughout the automotive manufacturing process, from initial parts formulation to final surface treatment of distinct parts in the overall vehicle structure.
The most recognisable application of automotive paint masking is in the last instance, where individual vehicle panels must be sprayed with unerring degrees of uniformity. Glass and polymer materials such as headlamps and windscreens must be protected from incident and effluent paint during this procedure, necessitating exceptionally formable automotive paint masking products for a flawless finish.
More unique applications include the administration of multiple paint tones and fine detailing. Automotive paint masking in this instance must display outstanding degrees of shear resistance to reduce the risk of sliding. This requires distinct adhesive properties, to ensure that automotive paint masking applies securely, remains stable throughout application, and removes without leaving residue on vehicle components.
Automotive Masking Tape Products
Tecman provides a range of precision-tailored automotive masking tapes suitable for use at every stage of the automotive engineering process. They have been tested to exact specifications, with successful application for large surface area paintwork, panel masking, and fine detailing. Our range of automotive masking tapes includes:
- Masking tapes with thicknesses from 0.065 mm – 0.18 mm, with various color options for application-specific painting and options for outdoor usability;
- Fine line automotive paint masking tapes in thicknesses of 0.085 mm – 0.11 mm and tones of yellow or pale green;
- Shot blast masking tape in thicknesses of 0.55 mm, for specialist automotive paint masking applications.
Each of these products enables precision painting of consumer-ready vehicles and reduces the likelihood of costly mistakes and wastage.
Automotive Paint Masking with Tecman
At Tecman, we understand the drive to provide immaculate products for consumer markets. Our automotive paint masking solutions are designed to optimise the paint application process at every stage of vehicle manufacture, enabling auto engineers to release a flawless, valuable product.
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