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Old 10-22-2011, 06:19 PM   #1
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Anyone here use Sig Coveral to cover their larger scale airplanes. I was told it does not iron on like Super Coverite but needs a product called, Stick it. Do you just brush this on the frame and then iron on the covering like normal or is there more to it than this.

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Re: Using Sig Coveral

Yes, thats correct or you may also use a formula called "Balsarite" for fabric ,or the
original formula.

Use a monokote iron,,,not a tire iron !
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Re: Using Sig Coveral

Balsarite film formula Gary, although there was talk of it being pulled from the shelves in Canada. If so then go down and see Don at Don's Balsa and get the glue from him, he carry's all the Sig covering and glue.
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Re: Using Sig Coveral

Hi Gary;

I am using Sig Coverall on my current project, 1/3 Heath Baby Bullet and I have used it on a couple other moderls that I have shot with dope. Here's a couple shots of my fuse. I just finished covering my one wing tonight and primered it.

I use Balsarite on the balsa and be generous. It's a little thick and you will get fine strings when you apply it with a small brush from the can. It cleans up with laquer but it doesn't tell you that on the can. It air dries quickly. Don't worry about it being too smooth, the iron will level it out when you iron on the coverall.

Coverall irons on real nice and shrinks up real good with either an iron or a gun. Be careful if you use a heat gun because you can burn a hole thru it pretty easy.

I have shot this one with automotive primer from CTC and the weave fills real nice. Make sure you get a dressmakers wheel to cut it as it doesn't get along with scissors very well. Use real sharp razor blades to trim it. Be careful when you sand it out that you don't go thru the weave and get the "fuzzies. If you do, just lay it up and with primer and sand it off. I usually use a 220 wet paper and a pistol grip sprayer with water to sand it out. I use automotive glazing putty to fill the imperfections. It's light, laquer based, sands real well with water paper, strong yet flexible. Makes nice fillets with a finger load.

It's extra work than mono but you'll be happy with the job you get.
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Old 10-23-2011, 05:52 AM   #5
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Re: Using Sig Coveral

Hi Gary

How have you been ?

I,ve used Koveral , a couple of times . And I will never forget it .

It is one of the most durable coverings you will ever use . A lot more work , but well worth the time . I have a Sig LT-40 , that does summersalts down the run way , no kidding .

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Re: Using Sig Coveral

Hi Gary,

I echo the advice given.

It is tough and durable ! Worth it.

Hard to feather sand out overlaps, and you need sharp blades/scissors !

I have used Balsarite (there are thick/thin versions, check the label). I'm guessing the 'Stick it' product you mentioned is similar. I follow the directions on the can...

Balsarite smelled allot like contact cement, so I have tried hardware store contact glue, thinned with Tolual.(Contact glue thinner) All are stinky fumes !
It works. Just get a good bond around the outside of your framework, shrink it, and your paint will "lock" your framework together.

Next time I will try CA to 'seal' the frayed seams, as I sand/feather them out...

I'm no expert, but I hope this helps,

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Has anyone tried full scale aircraft products on Coverite like seam sealing cement and clear nitrate dope?
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Re: Using Sig Coveral

When buying Balsarite for using with Koverall the dealer in Edmonton (Hi-Flight now defunct) sold me part# COVR2500 and said to thin half and half with COVR2515. One is fabric formula and other is film formula. Makes it a little easier to apply with brush and not so stringy although I thought it was messy to work with.
Have also used Sig Stix-it and nothing wrong with that product either. In fact at the time I couldn't get Stix-it and would have preferred it.
Make sure you get Balsarite Fabric Formula COVR2500 because the other is just a conditioner COVR2515 and will not adhere the Koverall by itself.
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AAAAAHHHHH Don't do it!! lol I built a supercub and used it and it worked ok...but a LOT OF WORK!! I might just be to lazy but I won't do it again....

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Re: Using Sig Coveral

Balsarite is great but ordinary white glue works also. As far as Coverall goes it is only Polyester dress lining you can buy it at any milinery store for a few bucks per yard
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