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Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Canton, Ohio, USA
'helitape' was/is used on the leading edge of helicopter rotors (which I have no experience with) and most any forward-facing body surfaces on racecars (which I do have experience with). My experience predates the sale of 'body/paint protection' products to Joe Public so I don't know how that stuff holds up. I know that 'real' helitape works great. But, I would imagine it's not the same thickness as the consumer-grade item just from a cost comparison. On the plus side is that the latest offerings likely maintain their color/clarity longer with 20 years of further development.
Application: clean/buff/wax/polish/seal as you would normally. A hair dryer (or heat gun on the lowest setting) is your friend. Plastic squeegee. New, sharp (sharp) razor blade to score/cut (carefully). Some spray with water to allow repositioning. I tried it once and went back to dry thereafter. Heat will also make removing it easier. Once you have an edged started, pull it back straight over itself (180 deg) and slowly. Pulling it at 90 deg will make any paint not perfectly adhered to the body more likely to come off with the tape.
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