How To Properly Mask a Car for Paint – Back Masking with Kevin Tetz – Eastwood

How To Properly Mask a Car for Paint – Back Masking with Kevin Tetz – Eastwood

proper masking techniques protecting the areas of the vehicle that
you don’t want overspray on is critical to any successful paint job and Eastwood
has all the masking tape paper and supplies and equipment that you’re going
to need to properly mask your project now back taping is a technique that I
use a lot is what we use a lot on the 78 z28 camaro project said sled check out
the video see how it’s done obviously all the
panels are often the car we’re doing this because we’re shooting a solid
color and I don’t want any tape lines and I don’t want to have to spend the
time and jamming it out backmasking and all that kind of stuff this saves us
time different color metallic color graphics well that’s a
different strategy have made paper doors to keep the over spray from the inside
keep the desk from blowing into the outside and have skirted the entire
vehicle all the way around to keep that overspray off of the newly painted
suspension components now these parts are sitting on a stand
that I’ve had for years it allows me access to all the areas i want to paint
on these parts if you don’t have something like this
well you can get creative with your big 175 and make your stance the point is this eliminates the time
investment in masking and eliminates the possibility of tape lines as well so
it’s a good idea now the front subframe you’ve seen
before it’s freshly painted and is completely assembled so I’ve bagged it
to keep overspray off of it as well as I’ve mask the firewall because I painted
it as well show you that a little bit but i wanted to say that your golden
masking is to keep your paper as smooth as possible that way you don’t have
folds in areas that you’re over spray can collect in and possibly get blown
back out into the paint job areas like this it’s really worth the time investment to
give it a good inspection and come back flatten out spots like that just
eliminate problems in almost every instance on this car i used a technique
called backmasking or back taping this technique is clearly demonstrated in an
education instructional series but in case you haven’t watched it going to
show you what I’m talking about I like to use inch and a half inch tape
basically what I’m doing is using about half of it on the inside edge is
self-explanatory I’m back taping and exposing the sticky
part of the tape it makes it really easy to blanket this with another piece of
paper and use the sticky part of the tape it just makes a nice job attachment
but i also like to use a little bit of reinforcement kind of like building a
web like this under here you can see what this is gonna do it was
a little bit of an area of support for the masking paper that we’re gonna put
in here just in case just in case it allows it to if you drop a tack rag on
there it’s not going to crash this stuff all in and now i take a very sharp single edge
razor blade and I’m lightly cutting just paper not the masking tape underneath last
step to take some of the masking tape and again sticky part of the tape to the sticky
part of the tape makes this really easy now not only is backmasking or back
taking a great technique to keep the overspray off the parts you don’t want
it on but it also creates a soft edge that you don’t have to sand and polish
out and by the way the days of using newspaper to mask up your project are
long gone because today’s modern paints and chemicals will leach right through
that pain and possibly ruin your paint job so head on over to to make
sure you get all the proper masking supplies for your project and click the
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and tips on how you can do the job right yeah yeah yeah

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. Don't forget to SUBSCRIBE so you get more How-To videos from Eastwood.  Links to buy masking supplies and Paintucation DVDs are in the video.

  2. Hey Kevin,
    Could you please post a video on how to repair paint that has peeled away with the masking tape? Or comment on what to do in that situation. Thanks a bunch, I respect your work and vids. …

  3. The tradesman I'm learning under would not allow any folds in the masking tape only straight clean lines are allowed. It not only looks better but when you mask off a car any flaps, creases, or folds in papers or plastics can bring unwanted trash into your paint. Just a thought.

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