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Looking for one of these - plenty on Amazon but does anyone have one they can recommend?, I remember someone here had a problem with a Eurocarparts one so it wont be that one.
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I wish a certain high end classic Alfa specialist would use these :rolleyes:
 

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After years of trying various different types I have found a towel held in place with some mini clips. I dont suggest you borrow a towel from the bathroom, rather treat the bathroom to some new ones.
Whatever you do choose, avoid anything with magnets, they are the worst possible thing to put on your prized paintwork as inevitably those magnets will eventually pick up fine bits of metal just ready to scratch the paint.
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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 !!!!
 

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After years of trying various different types I have found a towel held in place with some mini clips
I use old towels and old bed sheets, have loads in the garage:thumbup:

I find they're great, I don't spill things over the paintwork so it's not a problem.
 

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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 !!!!
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.
 

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Thanks all - towel seems like a good idea for "non liquid" work with the addition of plastic sheet as necessary, neat idea with the bulldog clips too, I'm usually pretty damn careful when it comes to brake fluid etc but do have a spray bottle of this stuff handy for cleaning spillages,
Polygard 12200 5L Brake and Clutch Cleaner: Amazon.co.uk: Car & Motorbike
Its also a brilliant degreaser because it leaves no deposit and doesn't need washing off
 

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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.
 

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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.
so no magnets?
 

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so no magnets?
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.

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.
 

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No No No No!!! Dont use magnets, they're the work of the devil!! They will pick up bits of metal and scratch your lovely paint work.:furious:
 

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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.

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.
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
 

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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
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.
 
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