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Old Mar 02, 2012, 10:26 AM
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Help!
Is my canopy done for? :(

Hey there,

I was working on this edge 540 last night that I bought from HK a while back. After gluing some parts I noticed that I accidentally got a couple drops of CA on the canopy.

Like the RC world's biggest dumb ass I (without thinking) took some CA remover to the spots and now have this fogged mess that seems up-fixable. I've heard of people using some type of Pledge floor polish to fix it, but I'm doubtful on this one.

No replacement parts exist and I'm at a loss. Does anyone know a solution or maybe some way to make a new copy of the canopy. If anyone knows someone that can do that I'd be willing to pay for a close-to-exact copy of the canopy!!!

I've probably screwed this one beyond repair

Any help would be great

Thanks guys!
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Old Mar 02, 2012, 10:31 AM
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Here's the canopy:


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Old Mar 02, 2012, 11:58 AM
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Why not just spray paint the inside of it a nice gray color?
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Old Mar 02, 2012, 12:04 PM
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Yeah, that's probably my best option
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Old Mar 02, 2012, 12:25 PM
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Spray-paint on the inside will still show the CA. Have you tried using straight Nitro? It should remove the CA without melting the plastic. I have also read that WD-40 works at removing "fog". Otherwise sand it out with 600-grit to 1000-grit then use the floor wax as a finish.
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Old Mar 02, 2012, 12:27 PM
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I have not, where can I get straight nitro? Like nirto fuel?
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Old Mar 02, 2012, 12:31 PM
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When I mistakenly used the CA remover I believe it thinned out the CA that was on the canopy. This made the the situation worse and hopefully there's something that can help.
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Old Mar 02, 2012, 12:35 PM
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Yes - nitro fuel. Do a tiny test area first. Maybe someone at your flying field or the LHS will let you dab some onto a cloth. If all else fails, you'll have to sand it out (I edited my comment above - so re-read it).

I know car parts stores (Autozone) sells plastic restorer for headlight/taillight lenses... it buffs out UV-hazed plastic so it's clear again. And motorcycle shops sell the same stuff for plastic windscreens and helmet visors.
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Old Mar 02, 2012, 12:37 PM
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thanks for the help!
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Old Mar 02, 2012, 12:45 PM
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Aren't a lot of CA removers made with a high-proportion of nitromethane?

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Old Mar 02, 2012, 01:04 PM
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Future does remarkable things with clearing scratches in styrene. If you can buff out or remove the glue residue, it might work.
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Old Mar 02, 2012, 07:42 PM
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Just tried WD-40 with zero luck :/
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Old Mar 02, 2012, 08:03 PM
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Just tried WD-40 with zero luck :/
I know 3-in-1 oil will work to remove CA fogging from canopies. Not sure if it would have any effect when straight liquid CA got on the plastic, though.
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Old Mar 02, 2012, 08:26 PM
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Damp, not soaked, Cotton balls and toothpaste. Start polishing. Make sure you have something supporting the inside of the canopy, like your finger.
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Old Mar 02, 2012, 08:50 PM
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I may try nitro, then the toothpaste, then floor polish. If there's no progress by that time then I'll have to settle for painting it
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