Detailing Tip Tuesday

Rip it off!

Nick Croft

Rip Off your Rags Tags Now!

I've seen many people use microfibres and equivalent rags with the tags still attached. Whilst you might think this is harmless, it has impacts that show over time.

This article shows a quick tip that will save you unnecessary scratches and damage to your paint.

Why should I remove the tags on my rags?

It seems tedious, and somewhat useless, but I promise it makes a huge difference over time.

The tag or care label (similar to that which you have on the inside of your shirt) is typically made from a synthetic material like plastic. As you wipe down your aircraft with the best intentions, the tag is silently acting as an abrasive agent causes marring and micro scratches that add up over time that will require polishing to remove.

In addition, the tag is relatively simple to remove, and in some cases it can remove itself in annoying situations. For example I've witnessed the tag becoming dislodged from a rag and wedged between the aircraft skins that required more time than it's worth to retrieve!

You've gone through the effort of picking up a perfectly soft microfibre towel, so you should go the extra mile to remove the pesky tag.

How do I remove the tag? 

This part, you can't really go wrong. I wouldn't recommend using scissors to cut the tag off, as you could leave some of the tag still exposed, and make even sharper corners that can cut deeper into your already thin aircraft paint. Instead, firmly hold the rag as close as possible to the tag and pull sharply on the tag to remove it. The tag should easily come off! 

It's too late... the damage is done!

If this tip is new to you, then the damage may already be done and you can see those pesky swirls in your paint. If that's the case, your only solution is to wash your aircraft to remove all potential contaminants, and polish the swirls and scratches out. After that, be sure to apply an aviation certified ceramic coating to make cleaning even easier.

It sounds like a lengthy process, and indeed it is. Consider reaching out to Plane Perfect Detailing to help take care of this for you, that's what we are here for.


This simple tip takes half a second to use, and can save yourself many swirls, and many hours of unnecessary paint correction. However, rest assured that if this tip is new to you and you need help restoring the shine on your aircraft, the Plane Perfect team is here to help!

Stay tuned for future detailing tips, and happy flying!

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