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Jan 27, 2010, 05:08 PM
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How do you DUll glossy Iron-on finish?

Hello ...... is there a etching fluid or some other substance that will dull the glossy finish of modern iron-films? Thanks!

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Jan 28, 2010, 06:29 AM
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Try using 0000 steel wool and elbow grease.
Jan 28, 2010, 11:03 PM
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You can also use "dull Coat" a flat laquor from testers. It looks best on darker colors. Looks GREAT on grey. very light colors show a tiny bit of splotching.

Steel wool works but oh boy the work
Jan 29, 2010, 08:22 AM
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Thanks for the info!
Jan 30, 2010, 03:03 PM
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Don't you need to steel wool it before you spray on the dull coat?
Jan 31, 2010, 05:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Kimber
Don't you need to steel wool it before you spray on the dull coat?

Yup; For good adhesion, steel wool should be used. But by then, the covering is already dulled, so there is little need for the dull coat.
Jan 31, 2010, 11:09 AM
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I use the dullcote bare on the covering myself. It will scratch off if you try to or if you put tape on it and peel the tape off but otherwise is pretty durable. (unless this is a fuel plane then I don;t think I would use it at all...)

Steel wooling the covering gives it a nice satiny finsh which looks good if you are trying to make it look like silk or something but doesnt't completely dull it. Dullcote on grey ultracote for example gives a completely flat military finish.

So it sort of depends on exactly the look you want. Buy a can and then test on your exact covering material and see what it looks like. Different manufacturers and different colors have slightly different results too...

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