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Old Jan 10, 2011, 08:54 AM
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I'm going to be using solartex also but the pre-painted variety as the base covering . Does anyone know how the lusterkote type paints would hold up on solartex. I was hoping to use these for the design rather than a second layer of covering?
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Old Jan 10, 2011, 08:57 AM
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Haven't tried it, but I think Lustrekote will work well for you.
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Old Jan 10, 2011, 10:20 AM
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Cloverdale,

Thanks. I've been a woodworker for thirty-some years, and trust me, having the right tools make you look good!

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I am interested in how Solartex compares to film for ease of use?
I haven't covered a model with film since the early '80s, and that was using Monokote and Coverite and just using one covering iron and a heat gun. You set the iron by trial and error and hoped for the best. Seems a lot of guys like Ultra Cote, but I haven't heard anyone compare it to Solartex.

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Old Jan 10, 2011, 10:25 AM
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Thermalin,

I'm betting that Tom is right.

Right on the can, it reads that LustreKote can be used over MonoKote, so it must have the adhesion and elasticity to hold.

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Old Jan 10, 2011, 10:28 AM
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ahh.. ok... i thought i read online it was more hard materials like balsa, fiberglass.. plastics, etc.. that's good then, I must have had a senior moment. I' little leary of picking up some the LHS as I don't think the inv for that turns over very much.
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Old Jan 10, 2011, 10:33 AM
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Just to make sure we're talking about the same stuff:

http://www.monokote.com/lustrekote/lustrekote.html

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Old Jan 10, 2011, 10:56 AM
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I've used lustrekote it over monokote but scuffed the covering with 00 steel wool to give the paint something to adhere too. Worked very well.
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Old Jan 10, 2011, 01:45 PM
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If you buy Lustrekote, buy it from Tower. They have a larger turnover than the LHS. Your paint will be more fresh.

Steal wool is not suggested for Solartex. The steal dust can be trapped in the "tex", with the possibilty of rust, later on. It's fine, as Mike suggests, on Monokote.
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Old Jan 10, 2011, 03:30 PM
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I used it over my paint job, after giving the engine a few test runs, one of the wheel pants collected a good deal of residue and the paint has held up so far.
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Old Jan 20, 2011, 01:29 PM
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Been following your thread w/great interest. Two questions, where you got your Stits polytone, and what you are using for a thinner for spraying and clean up? Also what time of air gun are you using for the general spraying?
Thanks a lot
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Old Jan 20, 2011, 03:55 PM
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Thanks Brufli,

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where you got your Stits polytone, and what you are using for a thinner for spraying and clean up?
I ordered the Polytone directly from Stits:

http://www.stits.com/store/index.html

The Polytone is already thinned for spraying. I'm using MEK for clean-up. Stits offers a how-to DVD. I have it and recommend it.

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Also what time of air gun are you using for the general spraying?
I have a DeVilbiss SRI-W HVLP spot repair spray gun. I love it! Just the right size and weight for modeling.

Thanks for following along!

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Old Jan 21, 2011, 06:36 PM
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Thank you for your reply. Greatly appreciated.
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Old Jan 21, 2011, 10:05 PM
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any new pictures?
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Old Jan 22, 2011, 10:10 PM
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No, nothing new. No shop time, so no progress.

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Old Jan 29, 2011, 05:47 AM
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Deep down I am an avid builder and have due to years of uni, work, a new family exacta have had to suppress the urge of building. My son and I had built a Dynaflight Butterfly which he has gained his wings on. I thought that watching my son fly and the odd build with him would satisfy the urge however after reading your build log this seems not to be the case. I have a sig seniorita kit in the garage that I purchased to build with my son but unfortunately he came home with an ARF “building takes too long dad”. Following your log I have enjoyed good advice and great tips I had not thought of in the past. It has encouraged me now have another kit from my favourite manufacturer (Sig) on order and am slowly stocking up on all the building tools. I will enjoy seeing your final product.
Again - great log, nice style and good advice however addictive and consuming.
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