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Old Feb 15, 2005, 09:43 AM
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Can old Monokote be stripped off?

I am thinking about re-covering an old project and want to strip off the existing monokote.

Any problems with this? Thanks
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Old Feb 15, 2005, 10:12 AM
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just start peeling. Some might stick, but if you use some heat (heat gun) it will come off.

I just recovered my 20 year old Aquila. I had to use a heat gun because I used balsarite and it was stuck down verrrry well. It left some color in alot of spots but sanded smooth and covered with non-transparent stuff it was no big deal.
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Old Feb 15, 2005, 10:19 AM
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I just recovered a wing myself.. depending on how well it's stuck, it can be a bit of a pain, and you need to be careful not to ding up the balsa too much. It's a 'while sitting in front of the TV' kind of activity..
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Old Feb 16, 2005, 02:56 PM
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In front of the TV project, okay, that explains the magnitude of the job better than anything.

Tks Andy
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Old Feb 16, 2005, 06:52 PM
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Peeling Monocote

I've removed alot of the covering and the one problem I've always had is the adhesive/color residue. I found that acetone will help to disolve the adhesive and make it easier to clean up. After that, some light sanding or filling and you're ready for your next finish. Good luck. John Z.
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