A: Generally you can tape on the base coat after about an hour.Great thread.
Q: When you are doing the graphrics.....how long do you wait to tape off the freshly painted areas?
Q: What type of tape do you use to tape off for the graphics?
Q: Do you sand between coats of paint or is primer sanding the last bit of sanding for the bike?
Thanks in advace.
A: I recommend and use only a German made tape available here: http://innate.com/Paint/DIY/Must Haves.htm
Scroll down towards the bottom and look for "Fine Line Tape." I have used other brands before including the 3M Blue Fine Line and this is by far the best tape both for turning radius and adhesion. The price is also inline with the more commonly used 3M Blue Fine Line.
A: It is not necessary to sand between coats and we only sand coats on the highest dollar jobs to get the absolute best finish. If you feel the need to do this you will need to do it with a wet 600 grit paper. If you are using a base that is not a solid color you are going to NOT want to sand your final coat of base as it will disrupt the look of the flake/metallic/pearl etc. You will want to give each coat about 45 minutes in between applying them to sand them if you decide to go this route. Also DO NOT do this with your clear.
Realistically I say skip the sanding in between coats and put three or four good coats of clear down and then wet sand the clear and buff it to get out any dust or runs.