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Old 11-10-2005, 12:52 AM
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What is best to thin Balsarite for fabric with? Ironex is not available at the LHS. How thin should it be to prep the wood for Super Coverite? Is it really needed for Super Coverite?
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Old 11-10-2005, 07:47 AM
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I've had success thinning BalsaRite with lacquer thinner. Keep the viscositythicker than you would for spraying.

I've applied Super Coverite, with, and without Balsa Rite. I prefer using it.
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Default RE: Balsarite thinning

never had the need to thin Super Coverite, unless you keep it a long time. I always store mine in the freezer anyhow in between need. dick
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Old 11-10-2005, 03:29 PM
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Hi!
I thin my 20-25 year old Balsarite jar with Aceton...but never use it...it is not necessary with modern plastic films.

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I have used monokote trim solvent to thin some balsarite that had gotten too thick to brush while it was sitting in the can. Use enough solvent and mix it well and it can be restored to inital viscosity. Monocote trim solvent should also be easier to find than ironex, at least it is at my lhs.
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Default RE: Balsarite thinning

Thanks for your input. I found this on the Tower website...COMMENTS: To Thin Balsarite Fabric, use Top Flite trim solvent (TOPR6020).

I know that denatured alcohol does not work, but dope thinner does. I did some testing after my initial post.

Dick, I think you are confused about what product I am talking about. Here is Balsarite. http://www2.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXB354&P=7

Jaka, I am using Super Coverite fabric, not plastic film. I am also using the Balsarite formula for fabric, not the one for film.
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Hello Group...

Getting the Balsarite for Fabric is getting almost impossible to get. What is the diff between the film version verse the Fabric? Can I use the film Balsarite for the fabric covering?

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The Fabric formula is not necessary. I've used the Film formula without problems.
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The Fabric formula is not necessary. I've used the Film formula without problems.
Thanks Tom for your response.. Are you saying using the film formula will work fine?
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Yup. Use the Film Formula with out worry.
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Yup. Use the Film Formula with out worry.
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Originally Posted by TomCrump View Post
Yup. Use the Film Formula with out worry.
Tom, do you thin the film formula?
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Originally Posted by GrantL View Post
Tom, do you thin the film formula?
No.

I did thin the Fabric Formula, because it had a tendency to gell in the can. I sitched to the Film Formula, because it didn't require thinning.
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I use acetone.
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I used Balsarite once for Monokote many years ago. Never used it again. For a while I replaced it with plain wallboard paste thinned with water to a milky mixture but for last last few builds I just don't use anything at all. Waste of money and time as far as I'm concerned. Use a good covering and you don't have to play around with that stuff.
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Originally Posted by rgburrill View Post
I Use a good covering and you don't have to play around with that stuff.
Please define "good covering."
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I got a can of Balsarite one time and didn't really care for it. I prefer to use Sig Stix-it. It didn't get all funky
in the can like the balsarite did. One and done on the balsarite.
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Originally Posted by cubcrasher View Post
I got a can of Balsarite one time and didn't really care for it. I prefer to use Sig Stix-it. It didn't get all funky
in the can like the balsarite did. One and done on the balsarite.
That's why I use the Film Formula. I haven't had any problems with it.

I'm sure that the Sig product is good, too.
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