Helitape / Best Way To Protect A Frame?

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Helitape / Best Way To Protect A Frame?

Postby mikeyj28 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 08:17 am

If i use helitape on my bike and then remove it eg 6 months later will it take all my paoint away or is it pretty easy to come off?
Also (providing i smooth it out/don't leave air pockets etc) does the helitape tend to come off/blister after prolonged contact with water/strong sunlight?

Should i even use helitape or just go with cable patches/chainstay guard?
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Re: Helitape

Postby Stu Coops » Wed Oct 31, 2012 09:22 am

I use helitape on my bikes and to be honest it depends on which type you buy as the cheap stuff is crap it peels and turns yellow, dirt gets underneath which happened on both my bikes but if you pay a bit extra for th decent stuff and take your time putting it on you will have no issues.

The 3M stuff i used this time was a lot thicker and much stickier i also used a hair dryer to warm it so it remained plyable to shape and made sure there were no air bubbles but if you do judt stick a pin in it and push the air out.

Mine has been on the bike around 6 months now and still looks great but as for removing it can't really answer that as this stuff really bonds but i wouldn't think it would take the paint off "famous last words"
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Re: Helitape / Best Way To Protect A Frame?

Postby boristhespie » Wed Oct 31, 2012 16:39 pm

Take it off with hairdrier. Try laquer spray also. It used it on my orange over letraset decals of my name and it lasted for years. You can get it in car accessory shops and some of it is used for keeping water away from contacts so is built for wet.

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Re: Helitape / Best Way To Protect A Frame?

Postby plugp7 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 17:23 pm

Not sure what make mine is, 3M etc, but I got it from biketart.com.
Sticks like whatsit to a blanket, tough and no discolouration and it's been on for over 3 years now.
Edit - it's 3M.

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Re: Helitape / Best Way To Protect A Frame?

Postby mikeyj28 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 19:12 pm

boristhespie wrote:Take it off with hairdrier. Try laquer spray also. It used it on my orange over letraset decals of my name and it lasted for years. You can get it in car accessory shops and some of it is used for keeping water away from contacts so is built for wet.

That's interesting that it lasted over the letraset decals.
Just don't want to put it on and then take it off in a year and have a partly stripped frame/ all decals missing.
Does it ruin the look of the frame or it's hardly noticeable?
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Re: Helitape / Best Way To Protect A Frame?

Postby Julesreece17 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 19:18 pm

wasnt there a thread on here recently where someone had removed helitape and it took off his paint? think it was an 'on one' frame, and he ended up with a replacement frame under warrenty lol

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Re: Helitape / Best Way To Protect A Frame?

Postby mikeyj28 » Wed Oct 31, 2012 19:19 pm

Julesreece17 wrote:wasnt there a thread on here recently where someone had removed helitape and it took off his paint? think it was an 'on one' frame, and he ended up with a replacement frame under warrenty lol


Yes I read that. He had taken it off and half of his paint on came off with it. That's what is bothering me. Guess its a chance you take
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Re: Helitape / Best Way To Protect A Frame?

Postby cooldad » Wed Oct 31, 2012 19:36 pm

Why anyone would want to cover the whole frame is beyond me. Just a few bits where you get cable rub is plenty.
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Re: Helitape / Best Way To Protect A Frame?

Postby stuisnew » Wed Oct 31, 2012 21:23 pm

cooldad wrote:Why anyone would want to cover the whole frame is beyond me. Just a few bits where you get cable rub is plenty.

^^^^this, plus I'd always use a chainstay protector.

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Re: Helitape / Best Way To Protect A Frame?

Postby mikeyj28 » Thu Nov 01, 2012 08:59 am

stuisnew wrote:
cooldad wrote:Why anyone would want to cover the whole frame is beyond me. Just a few bits where you get cable rub is plenty.

^^^^this, plus I'd always use a chainstay protector.


True point. I can see the logic in doing the high risk/more prone areas. Where can i source a carbon rock guard for the underside of my tube to reduce denting/cracking chances? My LBS doesn't stock one but can i get a guard that goes behind the downtube that protects the rear shock (other than the downtube) as i know CUBE has smallish one on the Fritzz.
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Re: Helitape / Best Way To Protect A Frame?

Postby ThePriory1978 » Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:14 am

Again, i use 3M heli. Worth the premium over cheap stuff. Stickier and thicker.

Come to think of it think my bike is more heli than paint now.
Have heli'd - top tube (short rub) down tube (stone chips) chain stays (chain slap) seat stays (heal rub) Seat tube (stone chips from rear wheel) all cable rub and reverb rub points, which is pretty much everywhere else. Only the rear sus swing arm dont have nowt on it.
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Re: Helitape / Best Way To Protect A Frame?

Postby Mr Dog » Thu Nov 01, 2012 10:38 am

Spent the weekend in my slippers helitaping my new bike. A real pain. I'm now better with a hairdryer than most hairdressers! Hope it stays looking good. Got mine for £10 for 2 meters from ebay. I've plastered it everywhere. :D
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Re: Helitape / Best Way To Protect A Frame?

Postby Richie63 » Thu Nov 01, 2012 17:28 pm

I use the Zentec Shelter tape on the underside of the down tube so much better than the Helitape/ lizard skins stuff twice as thick and after you watch the vid
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... nlxj7X86Nw

you'll want some too pricey but well worth it
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Re: Helitape / Best Way To Protect A Frame?

Postby boristhespie » Fri Nov 02, 2012 08:26 am

Also 3m Scotchguard tape for is so much cheaper than heli which should also be 3m.

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Re: Helitape / Best Way To Protect A Frame?

Postby boristhespie » Fri Nov 02, 2012 08:28 am

mikeyj28 wrote:
boristhespie wrote:Take it off with hairdrier. Try laquer spray also. It used it on my orange over letraset decals of my name and it lasted for years. You can get it in car accessory shops and some of it is used for keeping water away from contacts so is built for wet.

That's interesting that it lasted over the letraset decals.
Just don't want to put it on and then take it off in a year and have a partly stripped frame/ all decals missing.
Does it ruin the look of the frame or it's hardly noticeable?



The spray I used was invisible.


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