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Old Dec 30, 2009, 09:44 PM
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How do you install Solartex

I'm getting a 1/4 sopwith pup. I don't know anything about how to do this. You can put the same color on the same plane and then paint it too right?


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Old Dec 31, 2009, 08:16 AM
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I covered my Sig Spacewalker with white Solartex. The model was then painted in red and blue.

You should encounter no problems with painting Solartex.
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Old Dec 31, 2009, 08:24 AM
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Starting on this page, the fuselage covering process is illustrated. http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...956429&page=16
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Old Dec 31, 2009, 05:58 PM
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spraying that with paint didn't add too much weight? Looks really good tho.

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I was looking at the link that you sent me. I see that the Solartex is ironed down just like monokote, but how do you prep the surface? Do you have to paint the dope on? then just cover as normal?

Sorry for the basic questions.. Never done a scale build.

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Old Jan 01, 2010, 07:34 AM
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Solartex has it's own adhesive, just like MK. For an added comfort level, I used to use Balsarite, that is similar to dope. It was painted on, but allowed to dry. The heat from the covering iron, melts the product, adhering it to the covering.

Jerry Nelson suggested that I substitue Aqua Net hairspray for the Balsarite. I lightly spray it on, and it is dry in less than 5 minutes. I then cover, using the same procedure as MK.

There are at least two significant difference, from MK, however

Solartex is much easier to apply, going around curves much more easily.

Solartex requires some form of sealant, even if you are using the colored fabric. The fabric is fuel/gas proof, but the weave attracts dirt easily.

Sealing with clear, or painting with color, is mandatory, at least in my opinion.

This makes the weight question, mute, as it must be done.

As far as the weight of a painted model, versus one covered in film, I have never done any testing, weighing two similar panels, one done in each method.

I feel that a painted surface looks better than one covered in plastic.

Painting the entire airframe also eliminates the problem of matching paint to the covering color, that is needed for cowls, etc.
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Old Jan 01, 2010, 08:32 AM
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Ok. That makes sense now.. For some reason I didn't think that it had its own adhesive. Thanks for the info


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