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Old 06-18-2016, 05:35 AM
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All painted striping needs the best tape, 3M or Scotch masking tape, IMO only. After applying, dust the edges with clear, let dry for some time. Then start to add the color, dust first, then the heavier coats, not like finishing final coats. Pull the masking tape off, directly over itself. Included here, pictures of past projects, glass fuselage, foam cores, balsa covered, glassed, with finishing resin. Taping on these projects, is a lot of work, on and off, mask, cover, etc. See the project in your mind, then go to it. Final on these projects, wet sand, then clear it all.
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Old 09-10-2016, 01:34 PM
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I've got a BUSA Bristol M-1 covered with what I believe to be 21st Century fabric, not sure, it could also be Solartex.....don't say nuthin' I bought from An estate so I don't know which one, anyway, since it needs to be painted with some sort of olive drab color krylon O.D. may be the best bet, ah but I do have access to a couple cans of O.D. from a well known but now OOB manufacturer.
Testing for performance values takes time so I will just go ahead and paint the durned plane.
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Old 09-10-2016, 01:44 PM
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JollyRoger. Go to: www.balsausa.com They can fix you up, give them a call.

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Old 09-19-2016, 12:23 PM
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Don't use masking tape. Use a product like the 3M fine line tape. I have used electrical tape in a pinch , but it is a far cry from the 3M stuff

Ken

EDIT: Use the fine line tape for the outline of your color change then you can use masking tape over the fine line to completely mask off the non painted area.

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Old 09-28-2016, 09:09 AM
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Tamiya masking tape - the best on tex fabrics!
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Old 09-28-2016, 01:37 PM
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Tamiya masking tape - the best on tex fabrics!
I prefer the profession grade tape, used by automotive painters. 3 M fine line tape has never let me down.


This Spacewalker is covered in Natural Solartex and then painted. The masking tape used was the 3 M product.
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Old 11-09-2016, 04:17 AM
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I agree, 3M fine line is best. I am using Klass Kote paints for the first time and really liking this material. The control surfaces of the Hellcat i am painting are Solartex covered with no primer and coming out as good as one could ask for. It is a higher cost paint than latex but the advantages of Klass Kote are worth every extra penny. Just my .02 cents worth.
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Hi Granpooba
I have painted solartex, if you buy the auto touch up paints from Supacheap auto in spray cans they will go on with no primer needed. I have done some samples by ironing some Solartex on to a flat board, taping the areas I want to spray, then sprayed the area, left overnight to dry. I then poured 10% nitro fuel onto the solartex and paintwork. Showed no signs of paint coming off!!

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Old 02-06-2018, 10:02 PM
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Solarfilm is now going to close. It will cease trading on 12 February 2018...a real loss to the modelling world.
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Does Solarfilm have any thing to do with Solartex?
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Old 02-07-2018, 09:22 AM
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Solarfilm makes solartex and solarlac......or did

http://www.modelflying.co.uk/forums/...?th=133639&p=1

This will explain some of it and the letter from the company is on the thread
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This is bad news or should i say more bad news for the hobby industry.
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Looks like its back to the Silk and dope method!!!
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Old 02-09-2018, 07:16 AM
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Balsa USA is indicating that they are hard at work trying to find a replacement. We shall see what they come up with, hopefully in the near future.
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Balsa USA is indicating that they are hard at work trying to find a replacement. We shall see what they come up with, hopefully in the near future.

This may be an option. https://www.oracover.de/fabric/1
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