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Mar 23, 2002, 04:46 AM
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How do you paint solartex ?

I am working on a Fieseler Storch from the EFI plan and have been told by a couple of club members that if I am going to make that much effort (three months so far) I should make it look really scale and finish it with a painted Solartex finish rather than the usual solarfilm job (apparently too shiney)
Problem is none of these scale experts can tell me how to paint it realisticaly without using house paints and a brush.
My LHS has supplies of Solartex in white which will allow me to become an electric flight Michelangelo but I am unsure what paints/thinners will react or work well with this product .
I have colour pictures of a desert scheme Storch in sand/blue/green which I can replicate in Tamiya Colours but I am worried about the effect on the covering.
So any ideas or experience or better ideas?
Cheers Rich
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Mar 23, 2002, 10:32 AM
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Solartex is used pretty extensively to cover sheeted wings on PSS slopers. The usual procedure is a heavy coat or two of automotive primer with lots of sanding, and then the finish coat on top of that.

I'm sure you don't want a heavy primer coat on an electric, or with open bay structures, but I think solartex will work with most paints. It is pretty heavy though....

Mar 23, 2002, 11:34 AM
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Here are a couple of my models - all covered in Solartex and painted.

Have used Humbrol Enamels intended for plastic models directly on it wand with fuelproofer on top, also used Flair Spectrum sparycans on the red/white glider with great success.

I wouldnt worry. Locate enamles and airbrush it on
Good luck on the Fieseler
Mar 24, 2002, 09:45 PM
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Richard ll's Avatar
Hi guys
Thanks for the replies,nice looking planes Halder.
I have used Tamiya acrylics a lot on plastic models and was hoping to use them on this model but the worry I had was the thinners might eat the covering .
By the way the club experts were promoting the benefits of Ozcover on Sunday(might also be called aerolight) it doesnt have a cloth finish but it is very light and takes paint well,I wonder what will happen if I ask them the same question three times?
Cheers Rich
Last edited by Richard ll; Mar 24, 2002 at 09:49 PM.
Mar 25, 2002, 01:23 AM
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I have used Solartex on several scale models. Solarfilm makes a special laquer called CLEARCOAT wich is exellent to use on Solartex as a primer. One can even use Clearcoat under the covering in the nose area of a IC powered model. It improves the adhesion between the model and the Solartex and will prevent fuel and oil to losen the Solartex.

Give the Solartex one light coat of Clearcoat, sand lightly and spray with thinned Humbrol enamel. If the model is a "Slimer" give it a coat of clear fuel profer.

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Mar 25, 2002, 01:53 AM
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Silk & Dope?


If there is no foam involved in an open bay wing or empanage structure, why don't you cover it using silk and dope. It would be much lighter than Solartex and would look very scale like if the original ship was fabric covered.

It is not that hard to do. Do you have anyone in your club that has had experience with silk or silkspan covering jobs?


Mar 25, 2002, 11:07 AM
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1. Cover model in white/natural Solartex.
2. Apply one thinned coat of Solarfilm Clearcoat.
3. Paint model with Humbrol Acrylics.
4. Stand back and admire!


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