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Old 06-16-2009, 10:23 AM   #1
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Hi All,
Just wondering if I should tape the paint on the front bumper and hood before a track day or if that is not needed.



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Old 06-16-2009, 10:52 AM   #2
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Up to you. Do you care if you get a few more chips in the front? Personally I think it's a waste of good tape.

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Old 06-16-2009, 10:53 AM   #3
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No. It's a waste.
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Old 06-16-2009, 11:01 AM   #4
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A good coat of polish is a must. Makes getting all the rubber off much easier.
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Old 06-16-2009, 11:14 AM   #5
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Great, thanks guys. I will just giver her 2 coats of wax up front before I go.


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Old 06-16-2009, 11:31 AM   #6
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IMO if you're taking the car to the track a few chips from debris should be the last thing on your mind.
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Old 06-16-2009, 11:42 AM   #7
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IMO if you're taking the car to the track a few chips from debris should be the last thing on your mind.
Ditto. Be prepared to lose your car entirely at the track...

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Old 06-16-2009, 11:50 AM   #8
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You guys are steering him wrong. Shame on you.

You should both wax your car, as well as tape up the front of your car with blue masking tape for protection. Make sure to get the mirrors, as well as behind both the front and rear wheels (after all, its AWD).

Once you are done, post some shots, so we can make sure its enough coverage.

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Old 06-16-2009, 11:56 AM   #9
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You guys are steering him wrong. Shame on you.

You should both wax your car, as well as tape up the front of your car with blue masking tape for protection. Make sure to get the mirrors, as well as behind both the front and rear wheels (after all, its AWD).

Once you are done, post some shots, so we can make sure its enough coverage.

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Old 06-16-2009, 12:07 PM   #10
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Do you have to be an idiot?
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:09 PM   #11
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how is fullerton an idiot?...he told the guy "No. It's a waste."

At least no one wonders why so many people hate nasioc.
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Old 06-16-2009, 12:10 PM   #12
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Its not a waste. That's why you always see the guys that track expensive cars doing it. You really should do it for protection. Rock chips in the paint could introduce rust, and you don't want that.

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Now, I'll agree with that. I think Duncan gave a great response and the thread should have ended there.
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Old 06-16-2009, 01:13 PM   #14
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I just think for a newbie that all the time spent taping should be spent checking over the car. I've seen more than one incident from first timers who didn't understand you need to check your car closely before each event. Quite a few of them spent the time to tape the car but not check their brakes.
If I took my $100,000 car to the track would I tape it, yeah. My subie, I have bigger fish to fry.
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Old 06-16-2009, 01:18 PM   #15
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2 words- "clear bra"

painters tape is for....um...painting.
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Old 06-16-2009, 01:19 PM   #16
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If I took my $100,000 car to the track would I tape it, yeah. My subie, I have bigger fish to fry.
It's all relative, that guy with a 100,000 car needs to be prepared to lose it just as everyone who enters the track. But your other points are spot on.

First things I ask when I get in as an instructor are:
What are your tire pressures.
Did you torque your lug nuts, what psi?
What kind of tires make, model size do you have on your car?

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Old 06-16-2009, 02:32 PM   #17
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I really feel you should post pictures of your car with the blue tape to make sure you have proper coverage.
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Old 06-16-2009, 02:57 PM   #18
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I don't bother. I wear the dings and marbles as battle scars. There are far more important things to worry about. Like how much pad do you have left and how hot are your brakes?
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Old 06-16-2009, 03:36 PM   #19
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Wow, I think this thread took on a life of its own.

Thanks everyone for your input. I understand I need to ensure my car is in its best possible condition and that is my primary concern. But if I have a few spare minutes i will put a piece or two of tape on the leading edges just for looks .

Just curious what are the torque specs for the lug nuts?


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Old 06-16-2009, 04:42 PM   #20
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Think of how much you drive on the streets and compare it to the time on the track. No need to tape it up.
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Old 06-16-2009, 06:48 PM   #21
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Ive seen people who tape and after a track day peel the tape off only to find, you guessed it, chips through the tape AND paint.

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Heh heh.. all the newbies always worry about this..

You'll see more chips on your car driving to the track then on the track.

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Heh heh.. all the newbies always worry about this..

You'll see more chips on your car driving to the track then on the track.

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Word. I feel like it's usually the new guys or slow guys in advanced groups that do the painters tape thing.
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Old 06-17-2009, 02:26 AM   #24
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personally, i enjoy seeing a ferrari with no tape in all its glorious red beauty and an S2000 at the same track day with more tape showing than paint. especially when the S2000 isn't catching enough cars to need protection on the front of it...makes me laugh every time.

but hey, its up to you. i'd rather spend a little time filling rock chips every year or two than using a few rolls of painters tape every track day. especially for a multi-day event...i can't bring myself to drive around the street in tape. then again, i barely even bother washing my car because i'd rather spend my time driving it.
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Just curious what are the torque specs for the lug nuts?


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about 90lbs is the torque for the lugs on our cars.

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