Thread Tools
Sep 15, 2019, 03:11 PM
Registered User
Thread OP

Dope and Fabric Repair

How do you repair rips and tears in dope and fabric finishes? I don't want to recover the models. These old models are glow powered and probably painted with butyrate dope. Should I put down some butyrate dope and the wet silkspan and then tack down the edges with butyrate dope. After drying, follow with a butyrate dope finish? Is there a better method of repair? Thanks. Steve
Sign up now
to remove ads between posts
Sep 15, 2019, 08:46 PM
Registered User
What you wrote will work. If it is a wing, you may want to trim the tear back to near a rib. I would not cut entirely back to the rib. Then dope on a new covering piece as you described. Because it is an old finish, I would apply one thinned coat of dope around the opening and let it dry. Then apply a second coat to apply the covering.
Sep 16, 2019, 12:56 PM
Registered User
Thread OP
Thanks for the tip. Steve
Sep 17, 2019, 07:25 AM
Registered User
When I did this (with Sig Koverall) I used Sig Stix-It to attach the patch. I think it holds a little better than dope, and that's a particular concern when applying ia patch to an old finish. Maybe not necessary, but it does work OK.

Quick Reply

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Category Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Discussion Dope and Fabric Repairs Steve Schmidt Vintage & Old-Timer Designs 3 Sep 15, 2019 08:17 PM
Question Alternative to Dope on GTM Lozenge Fabric? CarreraGTSCS Scale Kit/Scratch Built 12 May 06, 2018 08:38 PM
Discussion Removing Fabric and Dope covering multiman64 Painting and Finishing Tips 1 Sep 03, 2015 10:28 AM
Question Fabric and dope covering PROACE Fuel Plane Talk 60 Mar 12, 2012 10:04 AM
Help! Dope and Fabric Lascaster Scale Fuel Planes 13 Feb 20, 2010 08:03 PM