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Old 03-24-2007, 01:51 PM   #1
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Racing Tape for Track Day

Just wondering what type of racing tape people have used to protect their car from being pitted, especially taping the headlights. When removing the tape does it leave a sticky residue behind at days end? Anyone recommend any websites to order from? thanks in advance.
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Old 03-24-2007, 02:02 PM   #2
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Painter's tape is what some peolpe use, it's quick and easy to remove with no residue.
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Old 03-24-2007, 02:11 PM   #3
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You'll see some ppl's sig who track their car have blue tape in front.
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Old 03-24-2007, 07:21 PM   #4
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whats the point of the tape?
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Old 03-25-2007, 01:18 AM   #5
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whats the point of the tape?
Debris from the track. If you layer good enough on tape, itll save you from rock chips
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Old 03-25-2007, 01:36 AM   #6
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It's just blue painters tape. It's put over the car to prevent rock chips, but that would probably require a couple layers. The headlights/foglights are probably a good place to put the tape on so the lens does not crack and leave even more debris on the track.
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Old 03-25-2007, 08:07 AM   #7
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whats the point of the tape?
Some tracks require reflective parts to be covered (i.e. less chance of possibly blinding an inexperienced driver if the sun hits it just right).
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Old 03-25-2007, 08:59 AM   #8
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at the high rate of speed you are traveling on a track, plus tailgating........oops I mean drafting the car in front of you, equals a more messed-up facia than Edward James Olmos (did I spell that right?)
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Old 03-25-2007, 04:02 PM   #9
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3M Painter's Tape... available at your local hardware store.
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Old 03-26-2007, 12:00 PM   #10
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3M Painter's Tape... available at your local hardware store.

+1 comes in different widths like 2.5 or 3 inches

its kinda expensive, but as others have said the painters masking tape will not leave any residue of any sort, even if it cooks in the sun for a while
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Old 04-25-2007, 12:18 AM   #11
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Racer's tape + bra

The track is murder on your paint. The first day I took my pristine Z car to the track I doubled the number of chips that had accumulated over the previous 40,000 miles. Ever since, I have not taken the car to the track (or autoX) without having a bra on the front. It looks like crap, but it does protect the most vulnerable areas. Mirror bras help too. I also apply racer's tape around the edges of the wheel wells, under where the bra brackets and straps run, on the underside of the kick panels, and on the rear bumper behind the wheel. I'm skeptical that painter's tape is thick/tough enough to really protect much. It certainly would not hold a shattered headlight together the way racers/duct tape would. You can get racer's tape from any racing supply house. It's just high-quality duct tape available in a few different colors. I apply wax (leave it on, do not wipe off) on the areas to be taped to make the removal easier. So long as you use high quality tape and only leave it on for a day or two, it comes off easily with practically no residue. It's a lot of work, but it has enabled me to take this car to a lot of track days and still enter it in councours competitions. There are not many track cars that can claim that!
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Old 04-25-2007, 05:46 AM   #12
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Make sure you put some on in front of the rear wheel wells.
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Old 06-11-2007, 01:57 AM   #14
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whats the point of the tape?
To prevent stuff like your headlights from depositing debris on the track when you hit the wall or somebody else!

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Debris from the track. If you layer good enough on tape, itll save you from rock chips
No. this really isnt the reason people put that stuff on. People started using the tape stuff for rock chip prevention because they used to drive their cars to and from car shows on the Freeway!

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Some tracks require reflective parts to be covered (i.e. less chance of possibly blinding an inexperienced driver if the sun hits it just right).
Are you kidding me?!? Please name some stupid tracks.
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Old 06-14-2007, 01:09 PM   #15
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Reno Fernly requires bikes to tape up anything reflective or glass.

Thats the only track I've been on that required tape.

Cars typically don't require tape, I know of no group that requires it in California.

The BEST tape is racers tape, you can buy it at www.racerstape.com for example.

Sticks like duct tape, thick and it leaves no residue, and doesn't come off like painters tape.
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Old 06-15-2007, 12:52 AM   #16
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Make sure you put some on in front of the rear wheel wells.
+1 this is where I have the most chips probably from running 285's in the front.
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Old 06-15-2007, 04:45 AM   #17
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Yep, after 5 Nurburgring days, the front of my car looks like it has 100K miles on it (only 37K actually). When I bought the car it had some minor rock chips already, so I didn't use the tape. When & if I get the car repainted you bet I am gonna use painters tape!
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Here's another option.

Plenty thick, clear, and comes off easily. Also, if you apply it reasonably carefully, it is virtually invisible in photos, which is one of the bummers on blue tape.

www.trakktape.com
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Some tracks require reflective parts to be covered (i.e. less chance of possibly blinding an inexperienced driver if the sun hits it just right).
Thats not the reason, its so if you have debris fly up and break a lens on your lights and the glass/plastic shatters it is not spread out all over the track for people to slice their tires on.
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Thats not the reason, its so if you have debris fly up and break a lens on your lights and the glass/plastic shatters it is not spread out all over the track for people to slice their tires on.
Very true. That's why a couple layers is usually a good idea on those parts.
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