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Old Aug 24, 2014, 06:36 PM
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Solartex over Ultracote?

I never covered a plane before so I have no idea if this will work. What I want to do is apply dark blue opaque stripes of Ultracote (or any such covering) onto my BOT then cover the entire wing, including the Ultracote with Antique Solartex. It will look something like this photoshopped image, though the color may be a little different. My concern is whether or not the Solartex will stick to the opaque Ultracote. Thanks!
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Old Aug 25, 2014, 07:20 AM
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I would suggest covering your model in the Antique Solartex first, and the painting the trim color.

If you want to use Ultracote, apply the trim over the Solartex.
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Old Aug 25, 2014, 07:34 AM
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Thanks Tom. So you're saying it won't work? Also, can you get sharp painted lines by using tape over Solartex?

Hey just thought - will Solartex bond to a painted surface? I could paint the stripes then apply the Solartex. I really don't want painted Solartex. Probably couldn't get the right color anyway.
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Old Aug 25, 2014, 10:42 AM
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It'd work, but it's backwards.

The Antique Solartex will obscure your ultra.

Solartex gets dirty if it isn't sealed or painted, so you may be disappointed in the outcome.

Painting first, and then covering, will not work well.
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Old Aug 25, 2014, 01:58 PM
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Obscuring the under-color was what I wanted but Solartex is heavier by 2 oz over Ultracote to begin with and sealing it would add more weight. By how much I don't know. That might be too much on an already heavy Bird of Time. I may have to rethink this.
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Old Aug 25, 2014, 02:00 PM
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Are there any other semi transparent coverings other than Solartex that don't need to be coated?
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Old Sep 02, 2014, 02:35 AM
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It will stick.
However you would be better to use a creamish coloured ultracote or other film. It will be lighter and stay clean without needing sealing.
The best way to see if your scheme will work is simply to try it on a small frame or mock up of the wing. If it works on that it will work on the real one.
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Old Sep 02, 2014, 04:24 PM
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Yeah, I decided on Ultracote. Less expensive too.
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