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Old 08-28-2003, 03:20 PM
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Being a newbie to this hobby I would like to know what is the most user friendly covering to work with. I have the iron (with
sock) and a heat gun but do not know which covering to
select. Towerkote, MonoKote, Ultrakote???? I will get an
experienced club member to help me get started but I need
a covering that is forgiving and Is still durable and looks
good of course. Not asking for much am I !!!!!!!!!!!!!
Any suggestions? Also one that shrinks well.

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Old 08-28-2003, 03:39 PM
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Ultracote is by far the most user friendly. It shrinks much more than MK also. Unless there is a color that UC doesn't have, it's the only covering I use anymore.
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Another vote for ultracote.
Old 08-28-2003, 03:48 PM
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I MUCH prefer Ultracote. Easier to work with, and works at much lower temps than does MonoCote. MonoCote has a much "higher shine", but some think that's a negative.
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Old 08-28-2003, 07:43 PM
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Default most user friendly covering?

Another vote for Ultracote.

If you decide to use Ultracote be sure you know the temp of your iron. Either buy the thermometer that you place on the iron or borrow one then mark your iron for 225 degrees and 300 degrees. The 225 is for tacking and the 300 is for shrinking. Remember, if you put the sock on after that the temp will be somewhat cooler, so mark accordingly.

Also, I'd misplace that heat gun until you really get familiar with the covering. If you heat the seams by mistake, the covering will shrink and pull away (not repairable without a patch or new piece).

Read the directions that come with each roll and follow them! (well, if you buy two rolls you only have to read them once! LOL). After you tack the seams down at 225 and move up to shrink at 300, don't go near the seams again unless you go very fast.

Practice on some scrap first. Do some edges. Some round, compound curves so you'll get the feel of the material characteristics.

Good luck!
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Thanks for all the information. Looks like it will be Ultrakote!!

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Old 08-29-2003, 02:29 PM
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Black Baron film, do they even make that anymore?
What about the 21st Century fabric covering? Hmmmm?

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Old 08-29-2003, 04:40 PM
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Try any of the tex's (Worldtex, Solartex, Colortex); all go on much easier than the films, go around compound curves better and sticks better to both itself (on overlaps) and the wood. They are also much stronger but do have one downside. They collect dirt in the weave very well unless you clear coat them.
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Black Baron film is excellent, except that after a season or two, the plastic comes loose from the color.

The Fabric is also excellent (if you want a fabric look) I just covered a 1/4 scale Cub with it.
Old 08-29-2003, 08:53 PM
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Minn,
A SEASON OR TWO!!!! Do planes really last that long?
My main beef with iron on has always been that it looks like plastic, not to many full size planes look like plastic. (and not many sport models look like full size planes).

Jetts

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