Taping of colored stripes. Depending on if your stripe is gel coat or painted makes a difference. With our experience, we like to tape off the colored stripe no matter if it’s gel coat or not. If the stripe is painted on, you should always tape it off while compounding or waxing. If you go over a painted stripe, you will pull the paint off and it will get into your gel coat. You can remove it, but it’s a lot easier just to tape it off in the first place. Also if it’s painted, remove carefully and quickly after you are done with the project. Letting it bake on in the sun will take the paint off when removing the tape.