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Old 04-09-2008, 02:27 PM
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hello
has anyone ever tryed tower kote to cover a plane?
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Old 04-09-2008, 02:36 PM
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I used it to cover part of the wing when I repaired a trainer. It is low temerature covering and it doesn't shrink a lot. My patch job looked "OK" and stayed on about as well as the original ARF covering. I have read that it is not fuel proof and that oil will seep under the seams and make it come off.

People sometimes use this, and Econokote, to cover foam wings that cannot handle high temperature covering. Combat guys use it. Those wings usually get detroyed quickly enough that they don't have to worry whether it's really fuel proof.
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Old 04-09-2008, 02:40 PM
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well that don`t sound good[&o]
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Old 04-09-2008, 03:14 PM
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The actual covering is fuel proof. The trouble lies in the fact that it doesn't adhere to the balsa as well as other plastic coverings, leaving the opportunity for edges to lift allowing fuel underneath. If applied correctly with all seams facing against the airflow, fuel soaking will not be an issue. It is similiar to econokote and is applied at a lower temperature. It is suprisingly easy to work around corners and curves. The only downfall I can see, is that it is noticably thinner than others and will tear if you pull too hard when applying.
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Old 04-09-2008, 03:42 PM
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A coat of Coverite Balsarite before covering & you shouldn't have too many problems.

I actually use Coverite Balsarite before any brand of covering.

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Old 04-09-2008, 05:14 PM
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ya mike i have some coverite i was going to fuel proof some parts with (three coats) ,but you say do all of the plane?
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Old 04-09-2008, 06:17 PM
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Towerkote adhesive is not fuel proof! With direct contact with fuel, the seams will lift.

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Old 04-09-2008, 08:56 PM
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The balsarite was never said to be fuel proof or make anything fuel proof.

It does however allow covering to stick so much better than not using it.

I apply it to any part of plane that will have covering applied to it.

I only use 1 coat.

P.S. I have used all brands of covering & never had any problems.

Must be preparation.

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Old 04-10-2008, 06:07 AM
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well on the can of coverite it says it can be used to fuel proof with 2-3 coats..
is this not wright?
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Old 04-10-2008, 07:57 AM
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Hey,

My can says the same thing.

Another Bonus!!!

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great, guess i did not get the only one hehe...
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I have used towerkote in the past and found that it worked pretty good. My observation was it turned brittle quite soon and was prone to split.
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I have Towercote on all my planes and have had no problem with it at all.
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Default RE: tower kote?

Towerkote is an Econokote "2nd". It is thinner than Monokote and although it is a low temp film, it tends to get brittle quickly. The adhesive is of marginal quality and if you decide to paint the airframe with Balsarite or SIG StixIt for proper adhesion, any weight savings will be lost.

For planes with a short life expectancy (combat planes) it is probably a good choice.

For planes you want to keep awhile I suggest a decent covering. If you want/need low heat use Ultracote, if you need a fabric go with SolarTex (or any of the "Tex" coverings). If you need a super lightweight covering (.6 oz per sq yd, that is point 6 oz !! ) use Solarfilm or Micafilm. Be aware that neither of the super lightweight films are fuel proof and due to the inherent static electricity, can be "interesting" to apply.
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