68 | Seaworthy
Are we really using the right tape for, the right application on our boats? I’m not the only one who’s left the wrong type of tape on too long, only to spend hours trying to remove a sticky residue long after the tape itself has been peeled back and thrown out. Here, we’ve whittled hundreds of available
tapes down to those most likely to be of use to the average boater. Buying the
right tape now could save you big in the long run.
Stick ‘Em Up
There are literally thousands of different types of tape.
We give you the skinny on which ones are most useful aboard
BY MARK CORKE
Perhaps the greatest need for tape on
a boat is for masking purposes. Whether
refinishing brightwork, painting on a boot
stripe, or masking off for a clean edge prior
to applying anti-fouling, these and more
are all jobs that require proper masking.
Masking tapes offer three distinct
advantages; first, when correctly
done, it gives a nice sharp edge
to the paint; second, it prevents
paint or varnish from damaging or marking adjacent surfaces,
such as gelcoat; and third, it actually speeds up the work as no tedious
“cutting in” with a paint brush is required.
When I built my first boat, I had
little boatbuilding experience and even less
money, so I bought the cheapest masking tape that I could find. The paint bled
underneath, leaving unsightly paint lines,
and even after just a few days, some of the
tape pulled off easily while other sections
clung with a tenacious grip that seemed to
defy all efforts to remove it.
I’ve since learned the hard way that not
all tape is created equal and it’s a case of
pay now or pay later. Here, in my experience, are some of the most useful and
popular choices amongst boaters.
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