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Jan 20, 2013, 11:07 PM
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Cover iron questions


I want to buy a covering iron for tightening up the covering on the ARF I'm assembling.
I would like to have one that would be good enough to cover a scratch built one day.

What do I need?
And why?

Thank you
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Jan 21, 2013, 09:02 AM
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http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXPW70&P=0

Here's the combo Black Baron covering iron and trim iron. I have been using these for years. I like the covering iron temp setting in degrees instead of 1-2-3 on some irons. The trim iron temp setting is H or L but it is ok on that. I use the trim iron about as much as the covering iron.Great for getting into tight places.
As a side note a heat gun works good on large areas. Another tool to consider.
Jan 21, 2013, 02:57 PM
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For the past 25 years or so I've been using a domestic travel iron. It's much cheaper than the covering irons and, to my mind, the handle on top is much easier to use than the handle out one end of the covering irons I've seen.

Downside is it's not marked in degrees, so I have to test with an offcut before I use it -- though I now know what mark to set it without testing.
Jan 22, 2013, 12:41 PM
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a VERY useful (cheap) addition... pocket thermometer.
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...&I=LXB352&P=FR
Jan 23, 2013, 11:17 AM
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What is the proper temperature for the various popular coverings? I assume they differ?
Jan 23, 2013, 03:09 PM
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you must use a sock! even with a brand new iron!

any iron will work, the first couple planes I built, were coverd with my wifes black & decker household iron!

all coverings use a lil different temp! temp control will very depending on your technique, the slower you iron the lower the heat needs to be, but you do need to get the iron too the temp that will excite the glue!

then I use a lil hoter temp to shrink the covering!

and less not forget, PREPERATION is KEY! like all paintjobs, they are only as good as the surface, being covered! I use 220 for most my shaping, then final sand, with some 400 grit! then vacume the surface!
Jan 23, 2013, 08:26 PM
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Okay, I see like everything, there is more to this than I thought initially. Thanks
Jan 23, 2013, 08:39 PM
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Originally Posted by WCB View Post
http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXPW70&P=0

Here's the combo Black Baron covering iron and trim iron. I have been using these for years. I like the covering iron temp setting in degrees instead of 1-2-3 on some irons. The trim iron temp setting is H or L but it is ok on that. I use the trim iron about as much as the covering iron.Great for getting into tight places.
As a side note a heat gun works good on large areas. Another tool to consider.
IMO best iron out there!
Jan 24, 2013, 02:25 AM
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Using a thermometer for covering is like measuring your feet at a shoe store.

Kurt
Jan 24, 2013, 03:53 AM
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Thank you, I just ordered the Coverite 21st Century Sealing Irons Pack from Tower Hobbies.
Jan 24, 2013, 06:43 AM
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I have used the Coverite irons - full size and trim - for the past couple of years and I've very pleased with them.
Jan 24, 2013, 09:07 AM
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Thank you, I just ordered the Coverite 21st Century Sealing Irons Pack from Tower Hobbies.
I think you'll be pleased.
Feb 14, 2013, 04:10 PM
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I just bought a Top Flight iron and sock package deal from tower for my freshly built aircraft. I've done the wings and most of the fuse and so far so good. I use the heat gun to shrink the covering and to get the wrinkles out. This is my first time building and covering an aircraft and it's pretty strait forward. I don't use a trim iron, I just cram the big one into the crevas and it works just fine.
Feb 15, 2013, 10:10 PM
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I'm going to try my hand at it tomorrow on a repair section where I've replaced some wood.
Feb 16, 2013, 07:48 PM
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Just remember to double seal ( run your iron over ) all edges and take your time . Unsealed edges suck fuel in . ENJOY !!! RED


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