Taping the door jams on yer vehicle...

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Taping the door jams on yer vehicle...

Postby big baby jesus » Tue May 25, 2010 11:16 am

Does it work? Last year was my first and I saw a lot of vehicles taped up and wondered if it did much to help or not.

Thanks in advance!
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Postby Sham » Tue May 25, 2010 11:29 am

This was probably done by first timers trying to be resourceful. This tape will bake on your car in the hot desert sun, and cause a mess. Further, there are rubber seals in all the doors that keep water and normal weather out of the car. Even more further, what if you actaully have to get in the car during the week, will you retape this up on a dusty vehicle?

Let's not over think everything here. We're not going to the moon you know! :roll:
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Postby big baby jesus » Tue May 25, 2010 11:32 am

Thanks Shambala. I thought so, but I've "thought so" many times before and it didn't always work out so well.
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Postby mudpuppy000 » Tue May 25, 2010 11:42 am

The rubber door seals should keep the dust out, but the A/C vents can let alot in if you run the A/C. I didn't even try it but if you do, you should probably turn it on recirc so you don't suck in alot of dust. :)
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Tue May 25, 2010 11:44 am

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Postby Bounce530 » Tue May 25, 2010 11:46 am

I've used clear shipping tape, but I was taping stuff to the van. One year I had a giant city map taped to the side, then the following year I covered one whole side of the van with a heavy coated gloss paper for people to draw/write on as they passed by. Now while this did nothing for keeping dust out, the tape held, and did not leave any kind of sticky mess.
Plus, you are not going to be able to tape up all your doors before you hit the dust, cause the gaters will open everything to check for contraband. Taping the hood, prob wouldn't be a good idea, and wouldn't really do anything since the dust will come up from under the vehicle.
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Postby Playa Foot » Tue May 25, 2010 12:00 pm

If it makes you feel better knowin that your car is sealed against the elements use masking tape, it is designed to be removed and will not leave any residue,[/u]
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Postby dragonpilot » Tue May 25, 2010 12:15 pm

Yeah...masking tape or blue painter's tape. Avoid duct tape...the adhesive will soften in the heat and leave a nasty residue.
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Postby Fire_Moose » Tue May 25, 2010 12:59 pm

Puh-lease. when you get there throw a couple handfuls of playa into yer car. then you dont need to worry about a little bit sneaking thru the cracks
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Postby EmilyD » Tue May 25, 2010 1:11 pm

Shambala wrote:
Let's not over think everything here. We're not going to the moon you know! :roll:


hahahhaha rofl!
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Postby misfit » Tue May 25, 2010 3:05 pm

it will all pour in through the air vents anyway, even if you tape and bag your car. everytime you turn on the air, you'll be reminded of the playa. :)
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Postby teardropper » Tue May 25, 2010 6:17 pm

Shambala wrote:. We're not going to the moon you know! :roll:


No, it just looks like it...
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Postby Playa Foot » Tue May 25, 2010 10:03 pm

Usually about a month after Burning Man I turn on my windshield defroster the first time. I am then greeted by a good cloud of dust. It is my last souvenier of Burning Man.
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Postby theCryptofishist » Wed May 26, 2010 9:20 am

A better alternative is velcro.
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Postby Snow » Wed May 26, 2010 9:36 am

if you care that much about keeping dust out of your vehicle maybe you shouldn't be bringing it on the playa in the forst place. The best thing to do to keep interior dust down is not to open your doors
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Postby Fire_Moose » Wed May 26, 2010 9:43 am

Snow wrote:if you care that much about keeping dust out of your vehicle maybe you shouldn't be bringing it on the playa in the forst place. The best thing to do to keep interior dust down is not to open your doors


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Postby Kinetik V » Wed May 26, 2010 10:18 am

Fire_Moose wrote:Puh-lease. when you get there throw a couple handfuls of playa into yer car. then you dont need to worry about a little bit sneaking thru the cracks


Or if you're "lucky" you can find that greeter who uses the shop vac to blast you and your car with playa dust, saving you from worrying about the inevitable.

(2 inch or wider painter's tape if you feel the need, but I would spend the money on other things like more to Drink!)
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Postby Just_Joe » Wed May 26, 2010 10:33 am

dragonpilot wrote:Yeah...masking tape or blue painter's tape. Avoid duct tape...the adhesive will soften in the heat and leave a nasty residue.


I would also advise against using silicone caulk.
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Postby Fire_Moose » Wed May 26, 2010 10:49 am

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No Tape

Postby kingtom » Wed May 26, 2010 12:21 pm

I have used all kinds of tape and seen disasters from using the wrong type of tape.Sorry, but using any kind of tape in a hot environment for 7 days would be worse then leaving your windows open.
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Postby robotland » Thu May 27, 2010 7:47 pm

Try just bringing a sheet to cover the dash with, and maybe some cheap seat covers. If you're getting into the back and not the front, hang a sheet or plastic "bulkhead" to keep the low-traffic area cleaner.

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Postby Sham » Thu May 27, 2010 8:20 pm

Dust will get into everything. To clean the inside of your car, use a DRY MICROFIBER cloth. Especially on rentals, clean before you return, but only a dry cloth or the dust will turn into mud and be nearly impossible to clean. There are also lots of community car washes on the way out of BRC. So pack this cloth and bring it with you!
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Postby TomServo » Fri May 28, 2010 4:22 am

If you need tape to keep dust out of your car, get a new car. Here's a tip that's saved me trouble, in the past: upon arrival, remove the negative terminal on your car battery. Just in case the doors get left open, or not completely closed. You'd be surprised how interior lights can drain a battery...over a weeks time. Happened to me in 2001.
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Postby skibear » Mon May 31, 2010 6:08 pm

Taping doors is not necessary since there are rubber seals
around all door edges.

OTOH it's a good idea to turn off the vent/AC fan as you leave the blacktop.
On arrival at your campsite, It would be good to open the hood
and take over the intake fresh air ducts. They are usually up near the
windshield wipers but can also be lower down like near the headlights.

I did this to my rental car last time & had no vent system dust post-playa.
No duct tape please. Plastic or gaffers tape is good.
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Postby ellorbito » Mon Jun 07, 2010 8:17 am

We just use really big Ziplock bags that we purchase at the Alice in Wonderland stores. Worked like a charm. You drive right into them and yellow and blue make green when you zip it up that way you know when you have an effective seal.
Taping really doesn't work.
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Taping

Postby Thatgirlagain » Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:19 pm

We use wide blue painters tape BEFORE we get to the playa. We do as much as we can from the inside then outside too. Works great for us especially if you need someplace to go to catch your breath during a dust storm.
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Postby FaeTora » Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:27 pm

I think this might have been stated before, but if there is a dust storm, you have to open the door so the tape doesn't really help you does it? I know i can't make my windows roll down from the outside.
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Postby Thatgirlagain » Mon Jun 07, 2010 9:44 pm

FaeTora wrote:I think this might have been stated before, but if there is a dust storm, you have to open the door so the tape doesn't really help you does it? I know i can't make my windows roll down from the outside.


My bad. I didn't give enough info. My "vehicle" is an RV and yes, you do have to open the doors occasionally. I find that during a dust storm there is less dust floating in the air when I'm inside with the windows taped. I'm not suggesting the dust doesn't get inside because it takes a good week to get most of it out and it's never completely gone. I get all warm and fuzzy when I pull something out of a cabinet six months later and it's coated with fine playa dust!
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Postby stormlight » Tue Jun 08, 2010 10:05 pm

Took me a year to get that dust out of my camper and now I'm doing it all over again. Can't wait!
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Postby Thatgirlagain » Wed Jun 09, 2010 6:44 am

stormlight wrote:Took me a year to get that dust out of my camper and now I'm doing it all over again. Can't wait!


Wonderful, isn't it? We submit ourselves to physical torture for one week a year then cry when it's time to go back to the default world. Must be something good going on there!
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