Aluminium Tape Covering Bodywork Holes - Alfa Romeo Forum
You are currently unregistered, register for more features.    
  • 1 Post By rxe
  • 1 Post By Pud237
Thread Tools Search this Thread
(Post Link) post #1 of 8 Old 07-10-16 Thread Starter
Status: -
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: United Kingdom
County: -
Aluminium Tape Covering Bodywork Holes

I was doing some rust treatment recently and came across aluminium tape covering openings in the bodywork. These are the manufactured circular holes into box sections etc, not rust holes. There seemed to be a couple around the rear suspension, maybe others but didn't look any further than the ones I disturbed. The tape was covered in a thin film of underseal so I'm guessing this was done at the factory. Other holes nearby had plastic grommets fitted. Did the clowns in Naples run out of grommets and just slap some tape on to get it off the production line ? Can't believe a bit of tape would be the normal way of closing these holes in the factory. Anyone else seen this ?
Alexie is offline  
Sponsored Links
Status: -
AO Silver Member
dgmayhead's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: United Kingdom
County: Gwynedd
I've found similar in my rust exploration. Not sure what they were thinking but I need a roll of it now.
dgmayhead is offline  
Status: Busso
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: United Kingdom
County: Berkshire
Quite normal. Fill 'em with cavity wax....
will01 likes this.
rxe is online now  
(Post Link) post #4 of 8 Old 08-10-16 Thread Starter
Status: -
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: United Kingdom
County: -
Hmmm, bit surprised that this does appear to be the factory method for closing largish holes. One of them is 30mm in diameter, pretty poor to cover something that size with a bit of weak aluminium tape given it's near the wheels where you'll have stones pinging off the tyres. Ho hum ...
Alexie is offline  
Status: Vivat least vaguest.
AO Member
Join Date: May 2016
County: -
There are quite a few; inside the front lower A pillars, sides of the rear rails near the beaver panel, and chassis horns are the areas I can recall. Suspect that it's to do with a stage of production, perhaps where the foam nozzles are poked in or alignment jigs locate. The rubber plugs are more common and vary to include ones larger than the taped holes.
addo is offline  
Status: Busy busy busy!
Club Member
Pud237's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: United Kingdom
County: Cumbria
Yeah this is normal.
will01 likes this.
Pud237 is offline  
Status: Still love it
AO Member
Peter Simo's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: United Kingdom
County: Merseyside
Images: 32
This is normal procedure for most manufactures seals the car from water ingress
Peter Simo is offline  
Status: GTA on the road being enjoyed
AO Silver Member
will01's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: United Kingdom
County: Dumfries and Galloway
Images: 12
seems to be normal, and actually it has lasted well considering age of car. so it probably is regarded as good enough.
actually though i am using gorilla tape as it really strong and reckon it be better than the alu tape.
but rip the old ones off, cavity wax or sealer and then tape over and underseal over the top. helps keep nasty tin worm at bay
will01 is offline  

Go Back   Alfa Romeo Forum > Supported Alfa Romeo Models > Technical & Vehicle Assistance > Alfa 147, 156 & GT

aluminium , bodywork , covering , holes , tape

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome