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TOM: SpeedTape for glass

A recurring question here at the Workshop is “how can I install glass without scratching it or smudging it with glue?” Missouri modeler Mark Carroll has a painless (and spotless) solution using narrow double-sided transparent tape. Mike sent along a package containing a sample roll and it works great. Here’s Mark:

“I’ve been dealing with FastCap, a company that caters to the remodeler/cabinet industry, for years and I have typically used one-inch rolls of their SpeedTape – a thin, transparent double-stick tape – to attach cabinet edge molding. I decided to experiment with it on models. After much trial-and-error, I approached FastCap with an idea of making a 1/16" x 6' roll of SpeedTape for modelers. I’ve worked with this tape for more than a year, with no problems.

“Cut a small piece of tape from the roll, and stick it on the windshield or the model, peel off the backing with tweezers [trickiest part of the whole process], press the glass into place, and it’s done! No more glue to mess with, and no more scratched or hazed glass. One six-foot roll of SpeedTape should do 6-7 cars. It can also be used to attach side molding.

“I’ve taken this product to several shows as a vendor and have received a lot of positive feedback. SpeedTape is available directly through FastCap and can also be ordered in various widths and lengths. I’ve enclosed my E-mail address in case anyone would like further information on SpeedTape.” –


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