RE: chemical to remove old covering
I have a plane I am stripping of the iron on covering now. I have tried pulling it off cold, it works in some areas, other areas it was stuck to the ribs so good, the rib wood split and came off with the covering. I have also used an iron, the covering comes off easy enough but the adhesive in spots is very imbedded into the balsa. I have sanded it but that doesnt remove all of the adhesive. I am going to try acetone next to see if it will cut it. I am removing dark green covering and need to reapply a white covering. If I dont get all the old green adhesive off, it will bleed thru the white when I heat it putting it on. Hopefully someone will have found a good way to remove it. I will post the results of the acetone attempt.