|03-19-2007, 10:44 PM||#1|
I am: Kelly W
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Covering Tips ???
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Hi all, I have been building my second plane this winter (Easy Sport 40) and it is allmost time to cover now. In my instructions it says to glue the stab and fin in place before covering. Would it not be easier to cover the stab and fin first then cut away the covering to glue in place after or should I follow the instructions ? I will be using Ultracoat. Also I want to make a 3 color scheme so should I start by covering everything with 1 color and then add my graphics over top ? Should I use Ultracoat for my graphics or decals ? I have never done multiple layers before.
|03-20-2007, 08:23 AM||#2|
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I am: Jim McIntyre
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Yes, cover then attach is often easier but I've obtained good results using both methods. If you attach first, cut small strips and iron on to cover the attach points and any other tight inside corners.
For multi-color schemes, find yourself a piece of glass and attach the different colors with a 1/8" overlap using your iron. Make sure you get good adhesion and keep everything clean. Damping the glass with a little windex will help hold the covering from slipping (and aid in later removal) while you do this. When done, simply peel your new multi-color covering from the glass and attach to the plane in the regular way.
Plan your seams so the outer layer overlaps downstream of the slipstream.
I recently re-covered my ultimate using this technique;
Si fractum non sit, noli id reficere - (If it ain't broke, don't fix it).
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