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Taping Radius Corners for Non-Skid Areas

I'm getting ready to paint the non-skid areas on my J/35 deck...ok, how do you go about getting those nice rounded radius corners in the tape lines? Should I just use various household items like canister caps and other stuff or is there a cleaner, more scientific way?
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Hmmm, google fails me... I've seen people use multiple pieces of tape to create a nice looking radius. Have you tried it yet? No luck?
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3M makes a flexible masking tape that allows you to make bends.
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3M makes a flexible masking tape that allows you to make bends.
Ah, yes. You can probably pick it up at an automotive paint shop.
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I used a pen to draw a curve using a spray can lid on a piece of 2" tape, cut the tape with scissors or a knife, then taped in down.
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I know that bending tape and using multiple pieces gets the tape down, but how to then ensure that that bend is nicely rounded, especially when there are multiple sizes and internal as well as external corners is what escapes me. Trust me, there really is nothing on Google...I've exhausted that resource.
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Barquito....that's exactyl what i thought I might have to use, things like spray paint can tops. Thanks!
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5th hit when googling "masking tape curves"

http://marketplace.diynetwork.com/Pr...d=1431-7112924

3M also makes this in a blue tape. Has consistency of electrical tape. Usually about 1/2" wide.

If free-handing, use a rounded object as a template.
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1/8 th tape for the curve then wider tape. If you have a problem finding it try a model shop.
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Do watch, though, when using the narrow fine line masking tape, that you don't end up with wrinkles that the paint can bleed under esp on outside corners.

I like the trace and cut method for radius corners.
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