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Old 11-09-2016, 09:57 AM
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Default Solartex -Some More Questions for those who know

Hi all-

Plan on using solartex on a BTE Flyin King, weight not being an issue-

also--will be electric so not too concerned about sealing the weave but--​

1- can you use decals on solartex (wet and apply)? I assume vinyl decals would work just fine though.

2- I would like to trim with ultracote as I have several partial rolls that I can use. Has anyone done that? Any hints?

Thanks for the reply.

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Only part answer, sorry. I have applied vinyl over Solartex. It worked fine. Can't say about any of your other mentioned options.

Still need to seal the seams ... don't want any spent electrons getting under them and messing with your beautiful finish!

Good luck,

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I have used the vinyl decals and water slide decals over painted Solartex. Also, I have used covering film to add color to wings and fuselage trim. Here are some pictures of my 1/4 scale Cubs. The water slide decal I printed on my computer.

Sorry, posted the pictures out of order, my last Cub is still flying, I flew it last weekend, still looks great.

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I have several planes I have done with solartex.. you do want to seal the weave-- if you touch a light color with dirty hands, you will have permanent hand prints on it.. I have a glo plane I did back in 1984 and painted with epoxy enamel rattlecan and it still looks good. Also with solartex the adhesive can let go on the seams.. so don't paint red over white solartex for example-- when the seam lets go you will have a nice white line. I have used base/clear, and clear polyurethane to seal the weave and it has all held up pretty well..
Ultracote is crappy for trim-- to get it too adhere well when you crank up the heat, it shrinks too much and it is hard to get nice straight lines.. my ROT is base color ultracote, trim in monokote...
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i agree. Solartex should be sealed, or it will get dirty.

To me, aerosol cans are the easiest way to create trim color, along with the use of vinyl graphics.

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