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  • What type of knifless tape do i need?

    Posted by Leslie Anderson on June 23, 2024 at 3:10 pm

    Sunday and i really should be out in the sun! ๐Ÿ™„

    i need to buy some knifless tape tomorrow, which one is better to have?
    Vink asked me on friday if i want designer line or finish line but i am clueless to what is best.
    it will be used for cutting the panels on the side and rear of two vivaro vans. the big sunken flat panels.

    any device would be great.

    Lโค

    Jeff replied 2 weeks, 6 days ago 6 Members · 7 Replies
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  • David Hammond

    Member
    June 23, 2024 at 9:09 pm

    Design line is more flexible, and will go around the corners easier, Finish line is better for straight cuts, it’ll probably still go round corners too, but might pucker a little more.

    I think design line you can snap with your hand, finish line has a thicker thread.

    I typically use Design Line ๐Ÿ‘

  • Martyn Heath

    Member
    June 24, 2024 at 4:39 am

    yep, second for design line

  • RobertLambie

    Administrator
    June 24, 2024 at 10:05 am

    As David mentioned, you can contour “tighter” shapes on the vehicle better with design-line but as he also points out, it snaps easier!

    Finish-line is more of an all-rounder and I prefer to use it over the design-line. Just a preference of mine.

    Filament tapes such as wrap-cut and Knifeless tape are excellent tools to have/use but the last thing I want is it snapping on me after applying a large section of wrapped vinyl, or in your case Leslie, a flood-coated inlaid panel. Do not get me wrong, if it snaps, you can still use the tape from the opposite side and carry on. I just found it snaps too easily for my liking.

    I watched Knifeless Tape have contests and stuff using the tape to create designs using Design-line, but I find that is purely an upselling tact of the product manufacturer. Contouring panels and shapes of a vehicle, it is great… but sketchy freehand designs that don’t match on each side of a vehicle. just plot/cut it! ๐Ÿคจ

  • Gary Forbes

    Member
    June 25, 2024 at 9:54 am

    i use designline too, but now that it has been pointed out, it is prone to snap. i blamed myself! ๐Ÿคจ

  • RobertLambie

    Administrator
    June 25, 2024 at 12:04 pm

    A few years ago I was standing on trestles trimming along the top of doors on a van.
    As I applied some knifeless tape (Finish-Line) I dropped my knife. Looking down at it on the ground, i thought, bugger, climbing back down, so i wrapped the knifeless tape around my fingers and yanked hard to snap it! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

    No Chance, it didn’t snap! ๐Ÿคจ
    the knifeless tape slit deep into the sides of my fingers in about 3 places. ๐Ÿ˜ซ

    Lesson learned. ๐Ÿ˜ณ

    • Jeff

      Member
      July 1, 2024 at 10:29 pm

      ๐Ÿคฃ i shouldnt laugh, but that must have hurt!

  • Jeff

    Member
    July 1, 2024 at 10:30 pm

    design line for me too. i do not think i have used the other one.

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