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#1 temp_oct Jan 12, 2004 04:53 PM

Next best thing to solite?
 
I've finished my first balsa (Miniflash). It has Solite covering by most. I could say it is pretty easy to work with and I'm impressed with the quality of the covering.

However, there are two thing to concern;
1. The 'solid' color is not so solid. It's a little transparent. (I use the white one)
2. It is so shinny!

Both are definately the right things for Miniflash, but my next project will be a warbird. This won't look so right with those attributes.

So, what is the good alternative to solite with more 'solid' and 'dull' finish? I really don't wanna spray over some dull finish :) . 1-step solution would be nice if possible :D .

#2 Gene Bond Jan 12, 2004 05:35 PM

Maybe LiteSpan (sinthetic silk) ???

You may want to contact a moderator to have the title of this thread changed to 'Matte finish alternative for Solite?' or some such...

#3 temp_oct Jan 12, 2004 05:47 PM

Thanks Gene.
I've used Airspan on some part of my Miniflash, but the color is not solid (about the same as Solite), but it has 'dull' finish. Is Litespan thicker? How's the weight w/ Balsaloc applied?
Do you have any pix of the the covering job from this Litespan?

#4 cadconversions Jan 12, 2004 06:13 PM

Try oracover from www.hobby-lobby.com it is three times heavier than Solite but seeing that you don't use that much to cover a plan the size of a typical parkflyer - they weight doesn't add up that much. Compared to other covering it is very light weight - just heavier than Solite. From reading about everyone else using Solite, the oracover is easier to work with and doesn't suffer the same bad habbits that Solite does.

Give it a try.

#5 temp_oct Jan 12, 2004 06:40 PM

Is it available in matte finish?
I searched the forum and found only the glossy one. Do they make matte finish?

#6 Stevens AeroModel Jan 12, 2004 07:36 PM

I remember reading that there was a chemical you could use to dull solite but it was not readily availiable in the states.... The olive drab / silver / black / white / and cream are all good warbird colors if you can dull the finish. Perhaps someone remembers what this chemical was?

-Bill

#7 Shawn Davis Jan 13, 2004 02:20 AM

I like shopping bags, comes in all kinds of colors. Ues the thin
krinky sounding, briddle ones. I have found that they are a bit
stronger and the stuff is lite and free!

#8 Martin Hunter Jan 13, 2004 03:34 AM

Quote:

Originally posted by arenablimp
I remember reading that there was a chemical you could use to dull solite but it was not readily availiable in the states.... The olive drab / silver / black / white / and cream are all good warbird colors if you can dull the finish. Perhaps someone remembers what this chemical was?

-Bill

In this thread Tim references a product called Prymol in the UK. Is this what you're thinking of, Bill? I wonder if it's available on this side of the pond.

Martin

#9 fixwingagain Jan 13, 2004 04:06 AM

I am getting ready to cover my first set of wings and was shocked by the sheen.

I was wondering if anyone has tried sanding with a fine grain. Oracover that is. I am unsure of the other films having never seen them before.

#10 OhioMike Jan 13, 2004 06:01 AM

I read in a past issue of "Flying Models", an article that i dont want to quote in case the info was wrong? That Litespan and Airspan are no longer marketed per se...That they were bought out by coverite and are now marketed totally as coverlite? Has anyone else heard this as well?

#11 Tim Wolff Jan 13, 2004 07:35 AM

Try some 00 steel wool on some scrap. It works on monocote.

#12 Tres Wright Jan 13, 2004 08:39 AM

SoLite can be painted, Roy Walton has been painting SoLite for quite some time with great results. He says the Krylon Fusion works well.

If you like the color of the covering but just want to change the sheen, try spraying a coat of clear matte coating on it.

As for the translucency of the "solid" colors, not much to do about that other than going to different covering. White and yellow are quite translucent, black and dark blue are not. It's never bothered me, but I don't model scale stuff.

#13 Dereck Jan 13, 2004 09:17 AM

If you fancy taking the gloss off a 'film covering, you'll get a more uniform finish if you do it to the 'film before applying it to the model.

One route to a pinted finish is to cover your model in a document laminating film - 'Doculam' is one brand name. This stuff is clear, but takes paint well and is cheap too.

I've sprayed Doculam with Krylon - didn't even bother cleaning one piece and I couldn't even sand the paint off

D

#14 Stevens AeroModel Jan 13, 2004 10:58 AM

Yep that's the critter. Thanks Martin I have heard rumors that it is not avail. on this side of the pond. Would love to be proved wrong as I have some projects I'd like to try it on.

-Bill

Quote:

Originally posted by Martin Hunter
In this thread Tim references a product called Prymol in the UK. Is this what you're thinking of, Bill? I wonder if it's available on this side of the pond.

Martin



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