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Oct 21, 2012, 05:18 PM
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Balsarite substitute??

Just ordered some Coverite (aka Litespan) for covering a 1/8 scale Super Cub. Unfortunately, due to shipping restrictions, I was unable to have Tower ship the Balsarite adhesive to me - it's flammable so it can't be shipped via air, and I live in Alaska so that's the only option.

I've heard you can thin out some of the Aliphatic glues with water and that will work but is there a commercial product that will work as well?
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Oct 22, 2012, 07:13 AM
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I quit using Balsarite a few years back. I've been using Aquanet hairspray as a substitute. Just spray on a coat and let it dry (15min). Then iron the film as usual.
Oct 22, 2012, 09:18 AM
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One possibility is white carpenter glue thinned with water. Apply with a brush, let dry, then iron the film as usual.
Oct 31, 2012, 10:14 PM
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What would you use with fabric that has no adhesive on it?

Oct 31, 2012, 10:29 PM
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Just to let everyone know, I'm using ModPodge thinned with water, as well as a glue stick to help position pieces.
Nov 07, 2012, 11:58 AM
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My LHS couldn't get the Balsarite because of shipping restrictions, but for some reason they can get SIG Stix-It. (Perhaps because it is in a metal can????)

SIG is very proud of it (as in it is $$$$) but it worked very well on the Coverite 21st Century Fabric I used as the decking material for an RC sailboat. It looks and smells like rubber cement- dries clear in about 30 min and heat activates with your covering iron.

The Stix-It is on the SIG website under "Glues" rather than in "Coverings". The 8 oz can is product code SIGSX001.

Nov 12, 2012, 12:18 PM
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I used the SIG Stix-It on my last covering.
My goal is to keep the covering on around the engine area.
Not very many flights but it seems to be doing a good job so far.
If they'll ship it to CA I'm sure you can get it in Alaska.

Good Luck,
Nov 12, 2012, 09:33 PM
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Another endorsement of Stix-It. I've used it both with Sig Koverall, which has no adhesive, and in place of Balsarite with 21st Century fabric. One thing that might be a concern about using it with Litespan, though, is weight. (I'm just raising the issue: don't know about relative weights of Stix-It and Balsarite.)
Feb 25, 2014, 03:16 PM
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Don't forget to lightly sand the wood after the Balsarite or whatever you use to smooth out the grain that has raised .
Sep 11, 2015, 10:54 AM
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On iron fabric I use POLY TAC. It is a STITS product used on full size aircraft,available from Aircraft Spruce. On models covered with Coverall or Dacron or other fabric I use BUTERATE DOPE thinned with thinner. The advantage of using dope when covering with fabrics is that it can be released with thinner and repositioned but for example if you use WB Uretane it cannot be released when dry.
Sep 22, 2015, 07:51 AM
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The hair spray makes sense as it has a good bit of lacquer in it.

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