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 automobiles. Before tacking your car down just be sure that you already wiped it down and cleaned the panel or panels with a wax and grease remover. Wax and grease remover is a solution that you spray on your primed and prepped surface just before a paint job. The goal is to spray it on and wipe it off with another rag as soon as possible. You do not want to let the solution to dry on your panel. Think of it as a “wax on, wax off” scenario, just like Mr. Miyagi said to Daniel San in the Karate Kid movie.
WARNINGS & PRECAUTIONS
You never want to ever wax and grease over freshly painted base coat paint or in between coats. Wax and grease remover is only done once immediately before a paint job.
Basecoat Clearcoat Tacking – Tack Rag Tips and when To Do It.
When spraying basecoat clearcoat, you want to tack your vehicle before you start painting and in between your basecoats only. Be sure to flash your base. Make sure your base is DRY before you tack it down. This is a VERY important process that you must understand before moving on to the painting process.
When tacking, do not press too hard onto the panel. 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 (if you’re tacking between basecoats). One tack rag will last you one entire basecoat clear coat paint job. If you’re spraying a single stage enamel system, all you would need to do is tack the entire vehicle once before your paint job and never between your coats.
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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 right before you paint.
There is no tacking between your 2-3 coats of single stage 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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