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Old 03-07-2006, 07:53 AM   #1
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21st Century Fabric Covering "Grain"

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I am starting to cover my Knight Twister with Coverite 21st Century Fabric. I used this stuff many years ago and I seem to remember something about it having a "grain". What I mean is, does it shrink more in one direction than in the other? If so, which way do I lay it on my wings? Do I want it to shrink more from tip to tip, or from leading edge to trailing edge of the wing? The instructions that come with the covering are excellent, but do not mention anything about this.
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Old 03-07-2006, 09:13 AM   #2
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I think that they would tell you if there was a grain. Start with a small area or build a box out of some old wood and test it.

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Apply it just like monokote. I've done a couple. It's great and takes paint well too. Only tendency I have noticed is in the overlaps on trailing edges etc, it doesn't seem to like to stick to itself as well as mono. Jist go over your seems with a lot of care to the sealing iron heat.
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is this product (21st cent) the same as solartex, worldtex, XXXXtex ? It's a product I'll be looking for at Toledo is why I ask as I'll be using it for some control surfaces on my corsair.
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Just a comment on the seams. After I get them well ironed down I leave them but if one starts lifting. Where it always seems to happen to me after a bit. My remedy is clean what is lifted and the base and then iron, and apply thin CA to the joint. If you use the small tip and don't use much it will run down the seam and will be hard to spot. Just don't wipe it and get a smear. If it has that much you have too much.
For a cleaner I use a mixture of dishwashing soap and water. Do not use a thinner as I find it wrecks the finish and you never get the shine back.
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Old 03-07-2006, 08:27 PM   #6
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I have a roll of blue solartex that I'd be interested in getting rid of. Shoot me a PM if'n you be interested.

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thanks but no. wrong colour (need antique).
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