Using the tape is fairly simple and requires either razor knife or a pair of sharp scissors for cutting the material. Just unroll the tape and cut it off to the required length. Further shapes can then be cut as needed for wherever you will be placing the tape. A multitude of shapes can be created to fit any sort of frame or placement that might be required. Some pretty exotic patterns can be designed.
yet until you have it where you want it, that makes it easier to pull the tape back up and maneuver it around. If you pull up the tape to many times you will need to start with a new piece.
Once you have it in the proper spot, press hard and smooth the tape onto the surface, making sure to get out any air bubbles. It conforms to undulations fairly well so just roll it into those spots, and it will stay. When doing long or large pieces start at one end and slowly lay down the tape, re-lift it as needed to maneuver it around while you press the tape along it’s length? The tape also has a good resiliency and stretches when needed for bends and undulations.
The tape comes in a variety of lengths and widths in either 8mil or 14mil thickness. I prefer the 8mil in the 2 inch width for most bike applications. The 14mil was the original helicopter tape format, and it is for extreme conditions, it’s very tough but a bit harder to use and not as conformable.
When the tape gets old or gouged up, simply replace that piece. I suggest that you should make sure the bike and tape are in a fairly warm place before you do any removal. If the bike has been cold for a period the tape adhesive can pull up the clear coat or paint. This is a rare occurrence, but it can happen. A simple hair dryer to warm everything up will do the trick.
In high usage area that get a lot of dirt such as the inside of the rear triangle, dust and dirt will creep in behind the tape, and it will need more frequent replacement.
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