Heli-Tape any application tips?

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  • Premier Icon dirkpitt74
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    So I’ve got some Heli-Tape to put on my Nukeproof Scout frame before I build it up.
    Are there any does/don’t I should observe?

    Is it worth rounding off the corners instead of having them square?

    I’m guessing if I leave the frame and tape out in the sun for a bit there shouldn’t be any issues with getting the tape to form to the frame.

    What about water/soap to help get it into position and smooth out?

    Premier Icon mikewsmith
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    Clean the bike and make sure it’s dry, warm up tape and bike, go nice and smooth you can get the tape smooth with your fingers, a cloth will also help as friction will be lower

    Premier Icon joemmo
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    round the corners – use a small coin as a cutting guide if you want to be neat. Have some sharp scissors and a knife. Water in a spray bottle with a little bit of soap (baby shampoo is good) will help as will a squeegee to get the bubbles out, wet your hands as well as the frame and tape.

    Premier Icon sandwicheater
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    Three beers, any more and the job goes south quickly.

    drnosh
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    Pretty much what joemmo and the video said.

    The film used in the video looked thinner/more flexible than the heli tape I used on my Tripster.

    I always have a hair dryer handy in case a little thermo-forming is required.

    Premier Icon dirkpitt74
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    Thanks all -good tip about using a coin!
    Is it worth making paper templates or just marking up the tape?

    Will hopefully be able to have a go at this over the weekend.

    malv173
    Member

    I used the ‘floating on’ technique, which worked fine, and rounded off the corners – I think it looks better. I didn’t mark anything, just put the tape on the section and cut to shape before applying, but proper template marking will look better also. Didn’t find I needed a hairdryer, and used an old credit card to help push the bubbles out where possible.

    It did take me a while to realise that I had to take the backing off the tape though! It was transparent, in my defence.

    PrinceJohn
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    Rounding the corners will stop any ‘sharp’ edges from catching & peeling back the tape.

    Make sure the frame is clean & free of contaminants – ideally use something like IPA (not the pale ale) to wipe it down with to remove any grease/fingerprints before application.

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