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Mick Reid
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Mar 31st, 2017 06:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

How do you guys approach masking the upper frets?

I've done this numerous times for various tasks (finishing, fret work etc).

Do you cut the strips by hand with scissors?
Do you do a sort fold technique?


I've tried cutting strips of tape lengthwise but I find it just tedious. Tape sticks to scissors etc.
I'm sure there's a better way.

What's your quickest method?

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Mar 31st, 2017 06:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I lay several 2" strips of masking tape on a plastic cutting board, and then follow with a small straight edge and an X-Acto knife to slit 'em down the middle.

The tape is easy to peel off the poly cutting board by picking up the ends with the tip of the knife, and it retains all its gumminess.

Super fast, super easy.



Mick Reid
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Mar 31st, 2017 07:54 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hah! Why didn't I think of that!!!

I've done similar on non-guitar related projects.
(double-sided tape on baking paper)

I usually pride myself on my "improv" skills!
Must have suffered brain dramage when I was under anaesthetic recently!

Thanks Peegoo.

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Mar 31st, 2017 07:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

i use 1/4" masking tape..

there is an auto paint store in town that sells masking tape of all sizes...1/4", 3/8, 1/2 etc.

if you can find it...


cheers!

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Apr 2nd, 2017 07:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My least favorite part of the job.

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Apr 2nd, 2017 05:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I use couple different rolls. One thicker and one narrow . For the narrow I slice it in half on the roll.

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Apr 3rd, 2017 03:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Re: tape gumminess, I always stick the tape to the leg of my jeans or to my t-shirt before applying to a guitar. It'll still be sticky enough to stay in place but not so sticky as to leave any residue.

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Apr 3rd, 2017 05:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah...that is especially important on older guitars with crackled nitro. Lifting tape off a finish and seeing the finish come off with the tape is heart-attack material.

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Apr 3rd, 2017 06:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I don't mask. I just don't do it at all.
You can put masking tape on the edges of those stainless fret guards if you're doing a maple neck otherwise you just be careful.

Mick Reid
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Apr 3rd, 2017 06:24 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Re: tape gumminess"

I use painter's tape. It's different colours here (green, purple) but seems commonly to be blue for you guys.

I still like the idea of "de-sticky-ing" the tape though. I did have a bit of already chipped finish come off on this most recent "job".
Thankfully *I'm* the "customer".


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Apr 4th, 2017 02:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I pant-leg my painters tape too (yes, it's blue).

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