What is a Tack Cloth? – How To Use a Tack Cloth (AKA a Tack Rag)

What is a Tack Cloth?

Tack Cloths are also known as (tack rags).

In a nut shell a tack rag is a sticky cotton rag that is used for wiping down panels that you plan to paint, varnish or clear coat. They’re not only used for automotive painting but for any work relating to refinishing.

Because we concentrate on auto body work here we will elaborate on autos.

Before tacking your car down just be sure that you already wiped it down with wax and grease remover

WARNINGS & PRECAUTIONS

Never wax and grease over painted base coat.

Wax and grease remover is only used over your prepped panels that you plan to paint. Over a sanded car and primer is ok.

Never over and between base coat or single stage paints.

Base Coat Clear Coat Tacking

When painting base coat clear coat you only want to tack your vehicle before you start painting and in between base coats only. Be sure to flash your base. Make sure your base is DRY before  you tack.

Do not press too hard.

Open your tack rag entirely, then fold it up into a cloth a little bigger than your hand.

Start from the roof of the car and work your way down. Be sure to open up your rag and use a new clean area as your rag gets colored with overspray. I have visual videos on this process on this blog.

I also have in-depth detailed videos plus more things that you should know before you start painting your project within our LABAP VIP area of the site.

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Using Tack Cloth on Single Stage Enamel

When tacking a single stage paint job the only time you will want to tack is before you paint.

There is no tacking between your 2-3 coats of paint.

Single stage is not like base coat and will remain tacky through your coats.

Just keep this in mind and you are all set!

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9 Responses to What is a Tack Cloth? – How To Use a Tack Cloth (AKA a Tack Rag)

  1. Joe Silva April 6, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    Hey Tony, this is completely off subject. I live in Kaneohe and im totally new to this, I’m having a hard time finding a automotive paint supply store here. Where do you go to get your supplies or where would suggest to get paint? mahalo.

    • Tony April 7, 2013 at 12:25 am #

      hey Joe, Try Hi-Line over by the airport. Or Sherman William’s by lagoon drive. Good luck!

  2. axenz axtiz April 8, 2013 at 2:47 am #

    Hi Tony, How about 1K paint, does it need to Tack it ?
    Thanks

    • Tony April 8, 2013 at 11:29 am #

      Yes. I talked about it in the video. Maybe you missed it! Just tack before you start painting. That’t it! Never between coats. Good luck!

  3. Hector Maldonado April 8, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    Hi Tony, love your videos. I have a question I get your email notifications and for a while I couldnt get acess to the email address. So I missed on the great deal you had in febuary, are u gonna have it again?.Thank you. And sorry for being of subject.

    • Tony April 8, 2013 at 11:25 am #

      Thanks Hector! Thanks for staying connected. As of now, I have no current plans for specials. If you are on our newsletter list which I think you are, if you do any specials for VIP you will be one of the forst to get an email notification. Be well man!

  4. jan April 8, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    Hi Tony, sorry if I am repeating but English is not my first language. I used 2k paint, thus do I essentially just tack the primer? thanks for all your help.

    • Tony April 10, 2013 at 11:29 am #

      hey Jan,

      Yes after your primer is on, you would wet sand it smooth with 400-600 grit paper, then tack it before painting. I explain it all on the video and the blog. If you are confused then I really recommend watching the video and reading the post again :)

  5. jan April 15, 2013 at 12:07 am #

    thanks tony! everything is clear now! :) I appreciate your response.

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