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    Protecting paint from cables?

    What does everyone use for tape to protect your paint from cable rub? Does gorilla tape work without yellowing?

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    Many use 3m heli tape. No idea about gorilla tape other than it's difficult to remove and leaves a residue that's also difficult to remove.
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    https://www.amazon.com/s?k=heli+tape...nb_sb_ss_i_2_9

    Take your pick. My Trek came with a sheet of tape for areas that will get cable rub.

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    Use 3m leading edge tape (helicopter tape as people keep calling it is actually leading edge tape and can be bought at any autoparts store)

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    Great thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by tigris99 View Post
    Use 3m leading edge tape (helicopter tape as people keep calling it is actually leading edge tape and can be bought at any autoparts store)
    Isn't it called "leading edge tape" because it's placed on the leading edge of helicopter blades (hence why it's called "heli tape") (and other exposed leading edges - car bumpers, etc)? I know I've heard that more than once.

    Just found the amazon link from my wish list that was suggested by someone else around here, but I haven't tried this brand/version/seller yet as I still have some left from like 5 years ago to give any personal feedback. It's called "VViViD 3M Clear Paint Protection Vinyl Film", but gonna guess that's 3m trying to market to more people.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joker357 View Post
    What does everyone use for tape to protect your paint from cable rub? Does gorilla tape work without yellowing?


    We have some Lizard Skins clear patches floating around the garage. We place them strategically where the cables might rub. They are a good size for that application and don't require any careful cutting to look neat.
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    I use gorilla tape...works fine for me.
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    I just buy a roll of the clear film to protect door sills on cars. I cut to whatever shape I need. You can do several bikes with one roll.

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    Protecting paint from cables?

    For cables any protective foil to save money, weight and esthetics of the frame. For downtube at least strongest 3M tape (if not full rigid guard). Budget version - slap some inner tubes on DT and BB area.

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    electrical tape. comes in many colors. if it starts to peel or gets scuffed, just pull off and put on new piece. I wish everything were this simple
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    I used the "loop" side of velcro on my frame to keep my dropper cable from rubbing on the frame in couple spots.

    It's black on a black frame so it hides well.
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    I use clear tape sold at ski shops, it's meant to put down on top of skis to protect from pole pokes while in line and it's tough. It removes pretty easily with hot air applied.

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