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Jan 22, 2011, 12:03 PM
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Going to subscribe to this, I have never used monocote, or any other covering at all, I dont have a covering iron either, will have to look for one!

What kind of temps are you using safely on the covering jobs over foam?
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Jan 23, 2011, 03:33 PM
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Originally Posted by RightcoastRC
Going to subscribe to this, I have never used monocote, or any other covering at all, I dont have a covering iron either, will have to look for one!

What kind of temps are you using safely on the covering jobs over foam?
If done right, you do not need to iron on the film on solid foam. I just use a light spray of 3MSuper77, and then i place film on the foam. Then I use a small block of blue core to smooth out the film and make sure it adheres well. Do not use sharp edges as not to sctrach the film or put some indentations in the foam.
As for temp if you use it on rib covered wings, start low/med. It all depends on the iron you use. Experiment. (DO NOT MELT THE FOAM!!!
Monokote and such have a glue layer built in that is activated by heat.
But a covering job done well should not require extensive shrinking, it should be tight an wrinkle free already. Of course certain corners, or odd shape parts being covered will need some smoothing out the wrinkles.
Just make sure to protect the aeras you do want to be prayed with the glue well. That stuff is sticky!
Try some on scrap pieces of foam and see the results. Experimenting is what led me to this "poor man's monokote"!
Post some pics of the results if you can.
I have a big wing that I will cover soon. I will post the picture of the process I use.
Have fun,
Lafayette.
Jan 25, 2011, 01:02 PM
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I bought 4 rolls of this film at Dollar Tree yesterday. No I just have to figure out what I'm going to cover. My wife would call this Impulse buying.

Thanks for the tip and the postings.

Evelys
Jan 26, 2011, 03:05 PM
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My wife would call this Impulse buying.

Thanks for the tip and the postings.

Evelys[/QUOTE]

Well, when I went to look for more and had a total of like 25 or more rolls, I got the rolling eyes!!!
I have left some pieces I covered in my non heated "Hangar" temps reaching near zero and all seems to hold well. Streched or just glued on.
We will see in the spring how it all held up!
Lafayette
Feb 19, 2011, 12:24 AM
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Just covered some dollar tree foam board, 3m77 light spray. Do not use too much it will make a soggy spot and pool under the film. I kept the paper on the foam which makes it stronger, a new tail for my custom SS. Going to cut wing cores, 1 with similar profile but full not hollow, and trying another as well.
The film will protect nicely.
I plan on covering the foam wing as well.
I might use white bead foam for the core, with a layer of FFF on the bottom for added strength.
Mar 10, 2011, 10:24 AM
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so has anyone used this process on a balsa model yet?

i am finishing up the frame on a micro glider and wanted to try some of this for covering.
Mar 10, 2011, 11:23 AM
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so has anyone used this process on a balsa model yet?

i am finishing up the frame on a micro glider and wanted to try some of this for covering.
I have not, but I have done a silmilar thing with other plastics. I use a frame to hold the plastic fairly 'taut' and this can be cardboard with tape, staples, etc. Find a way to hold your framework, and mist 3M super 77 spary glue to the framework. Lay your frame over the frame, and use a finger to adhere along all the structural pieces.

Be careful if thinking of shrinking with heat, try to get the covering faily tight to begin with.

Testing on a quick box frame is reccomended!

Fred
Jun 13, 2011, 08:12 AM
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I was thinking if it would work on a built-up foam wing and fuse , like on old timers built of balsa?
Sep 29, 2011, 01:13 PM
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Monokote and such have a glue layer built in that is activated by heat.
I'm wondering if spraying a fusible adhesive onto the film would allow you to make a truly iron-on covering: http://www.sewforless.com/item/606_F..._Adhesive/1228
Dec 30, 2011, 05:57 AM
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Seems 3m77 will leave opaque residue on the film...
Jan 16, 2012, 10:33 AM
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Subscribed :-)
Jan 16, 2012, 05:04 PM
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Building a Lazercuts Hydro Extreme. I had considered glassing it, but I think I will just cover the whole thing with the $1 wrap and 3M77. It will give it color, protection and make it slick!
Will post pics when I do it.
Jan 27, 2012, 04:40 AM
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Covering dollar tree poster board


This is also a great way to keep the paper on the poster board for strength and covering it for color and protection. A bit of water, dew from the grass can ruin your day...
Good protection super light weight, protect your work!
Jan 30, 2012, 02:13 AM
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Experimenting with some stuff I used years ago. I should cover nicely, and it is super tough and light.
A plus would be that it may could take any type of paint.
Will post results when available.
Last edited by Lafayette; Feb 18, 2012 at 04:39 PM.
Feb 13, 2012, 09:34 PM
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must remember this. I just got a rool of blue and clear wrap to play with. worst case I can use the stuff to wrap gifts with :P

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