When I was doing the restoration of the engine bay I used plastic sheets over the towels, it would be wise to do the same if you are working with corrosive liquids. Towels are a good solution for general work.Don't use towel.
If you drop a nasty fluid.....
A) you won't notice you dropped some.
B) said fluid soaks into the towel and spreads over the paintwork to a size larger than the origenal drop, and potentially create a problem larger than the drop.
Happened to my dad, twice. With the two worst fluids..... Battery acid (whilst checking refillable battery with pippet hydrometer). Spilt brake fluid.
Both ruined wing paint on 2 cars !!!!
so no magnets?I've got a Laser one and it is fine, sticky rubberised foam (similar to carpet underlay) on the wing side and nylon on the outside.
It sticks in place by itself and fluids don't absorb into it, it's also cheap enough to throw away if it becomes contaminated.
If I'm doing anything messy, I tape heavy gauge building membrane on the car before using towels or dust sheets, so I don't have to worry about anything soaking in or leaving the covering in place for a few days.
I've not tried magnets, I like the idea of the little bulldog clips though! There is a handy flange along the top of the inner wing which I tape to the underside of, so if and paint did get damaged, it'd be invisible.so no magnets?
Sorry I meant does the Laser one have magnets to hold it in place? - after ARB's comments I have to be a bit wary of themI've not tried magnets, I like the idea of the little bulldog clips though! There is a handy flange along the top of the inner wing which I tape to the underside of, so if and paint did get damaged, it'd be invisible.
Thinking about it, a bit of thin closed cell foam would be good, held in place with either magnets taped to it, or mini clips... I might buy a cheap camping roll mat and just cut a length and tape magnets to the back of it (covering the magnets so they don't scratch). If I've done anything with acid or brake fluid, I'd just pull off the magnets and throw it away to ensure no possible contamination at a later date.
No, no magnets on the laser one, just a very grippy backing - a bit like the non-slip pads you can put on your dashboard to stop a sat-nav siding about.Sorry I meant does the Laser one have magnets to hold it in place? - after ARB's comments I have to be a bit wary of them