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Source for Resin Proof tape

Years ago when doing gelcoat repair, I used cellophane to cover and smooth-out the repair during curing. The linked article below suggests using resin proof tape. Resin proof tape seems to be available in UK. However, I am unable to find a source of resin proof tape in the US. Does anyone know if Scotch Sealing Tape is essentially a resin proof tape or have other suggestions for acquiring resin proof tape?

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Years ago when doing gelcoat repair, I used cellophane to cover and smooth-out the repair during curing. The linked article below suggests using resin proof tape. Resin proof tape seems to be available in UK. However, I am unable to find a source of resin proof tape in the US. Does anyone know if Scotch Sealing Tape is essentially a resin proof tape or have other suggestions for acquiring resin proof tape?

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Tejas,

I've this stuff with good results. I think I paid less than $10 for a pad at Michaels (an arts and crafts supply chain store here in the US).



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It's a 5 mil plastic sheet (similar to acetate) that comes 9" x 12", 25 sheets to a pad. Very easy to cut down to whatever size you need to cover your spot repairs. Lay it over the repair and smooth with a squeegie. It'll really cut down on the amount of wet sanding you'll need to do.

Only drawback is that at 5 mil thickness, it doesn't handle curves very well (at least, not without a fair amount of tape.)

For larger repairs, I'd recommend spraying and coating with PVA.

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Tejas, contact 3M by email or toll-free number directly, and they can give you technical information on any product they make--globally. And usually on the same one phone call. Odds are, they make the tape and they can tell you where to obtain it.
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If you mean 5 millimeters that is almost 1/4". It is available in different thicknesses. See below.
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If you mean 5 millimeters that is almost 1/4". It is available in different thicknesses. See below.
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No, no mistake. I didn't mean 5mm, I meant 5 mil (as in 5/1,000 of an inch). Thanks for double check, though.
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Sorry, I am from a country that tried to be metric.
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Sorry, I am from a country that tried to be metric.
Hey, at least you guys are still officially metric. We're the Neanderthals still clinging to Imperial measurements. We gave metrics a quarter-hearted attempt back in the 70's, and quickly gave up since it was "too hard and confusing..." (which is actually a more polite and self-denying way of saying we were too mentally lazy to adopt it.) I think the killer was temperatures -- folks just couldn't get their heads around the fact that 25*C was a really nice day outside
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Imperial is better. See this link for the reasons and an interesting story.
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I'd second imperial units as being simpler...
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OK, I'm justifiably chastised...

For the record, I'm not advocating switching to the metric system -- I'm happy with the Imperial. I just wish that I didn't have to keep a complete set of both Imperial and metric wrenches around to work on engines, cars, etc...
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