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Painters tape for front end?

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  1. ebmcs03

    ebmcs03 Active Member

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    I have a long road trip coming LA to SF. Was wondering if anyone tried covering up the front bumper with painters tape. Does it interfere with EAP?

    I did not get a car bra. Or a clear bra. With all the bugs and rocks going up th 5 freeways. Is it ok to use painters tape and not interfere with EAP sensors?
     
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    I have no words to describe how ghetto this idea sounds. We're going to need pics. :p

    You can always try it out locally first before your trip.
     
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    It's actually commonly done at autocrosses which is probably where he got the idea.
     
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    Wow, I guess I've just never seen this in real life before.

    Painter's tape for road trip

    It theoretically shouldn't interfere with the radar.
     
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    Yeah, you see lots of high end cars at track days doing it. Probably will give you some protection (while looking as JeffK describes LOL). Not sure how it would affect the sensors.

    It's rather sticky though, and all those air molecules sticking to it will likely cost you some range!
     
  6. ebmcs03

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    LoL have you not seen it on the road before? It’s fine. It’s only to go in between. I will remove it when I reach destination.
     
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    Seems so ghetto fo' shizzle!

    If you care enough to think about and actually do this, and own an expensive car, then PPF really seems right up your alley..
     
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    Get a roll of Xpel Tracwrap. That's exactly what it's made for.
     
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  9. 355rockit

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    I used to use painters tape for track days, but now use removable clear shelf paper. Same tackiness as painter's tape and comes off clean. I had it on for 5 days without issues removing. Costs less than $10 at Target.
     
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    Back to the original question this shouldn’t affect EAP ..just don’t tape over parking sensors either ..pls post pics though :eek:
     
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    The delivery center had put painters tape on my car before delivery I saw it about 10 days before. It did not come off well.
     
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    The cost isn’t up my alley. I don’t do road trips normally. So I don’t see the need to spend $600+
     
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    This.
     
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    Did not know they made this.

    But I like the target idea more lol
     
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    You could spray on Plasti-dip. Provides great protection with a thick rubber coating and is easy to remove. Look a lot better than putting tape, etc. on the front. (Some people do their whole car with it.)
    DipYourCar - World Famous Peelable Auto Paint
     
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    z4_041010.jpg Here is a pic of my Z4 coupe at the track with the clear shelf liner wrap on it. I put it on in a hurry before driving from San Diego to Vegas for the track event and wasn't too concerned with bubbles. I added extra protection to the headlights using blue tape.
     
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    I guess you didn't drive it like that at night ;)
     
  20. ℬête Noire

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    The Z4 on the door was a nice touch. Gives a "bespoke artisanal luxury" air to it.
     
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