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Old 08-04-2004, 05:06 PM
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is there a way to edge seal the monokote? like in the engine compartment, wings, etc, etc, etc?

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Old 08-04-2004, 08:00 PM
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Default RE: edge seal for monokote

I wouldnt use this everywhere, you can make a real mess, but if you have a small area that you want to keep the edges from coming up, you can apply some thin CA along the edge. You use a capillary tube tip and apply a minute amount. Hold the piece in a way that the glue bottle is upright or slanted just a little, never hold the bottle with the tip down, too much glue will come out and ruin the covering. I use this where there are openings in the fuse for a wing tube or anti rotation wing dowels for example. Otherwise, it is usually not necessary.

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Old 08-05-2004, 09:17 AM
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Trim Solvent with a very fine brush, and you can 'paint' it sealed. Thin CA too, as mentioned.

But another thing to think about, is to 'glue down' the edges once the covering is applied. I typically do this with engine compartments. Apply the covering, and allow a little to overhang into the engine compartment (or over the cheeks, wing saddle etc..) Seal down the edge, teh best you can. Then paint it all with Epoxy, like what you would do to 'fuel proof' the compartment. that way, the covering is under the epoxy, and it'll be very hard for it to 'peel off'
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Old 08-05-2004, 11:14 AM
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If you are doing this to an ARF, the thin CA or MonoKote trim solvent works well. If you are doing this to a plane you are getting ready to cover, use SIG "StixIt" on the areas you are concerned about. The edges will not come loose once heat has been applied to it.
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Try your wife's fingernail hardener. It is the clear stuff with the little brush inside. Just make sure you put it back before she notices it's gone. Seriously, it works well, doesn't yellow, and it's pretty cheap at the bargain store.
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Use trim solvent.
It works great
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In joints that tend to peel back (around the engine compartment, leading edge that gets hit by exhaust) I will put a bit of clear silicone on them
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