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Old 05-26-2004, 10:54 PM
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has anyone tried to put monokote onto abs plastic parts? i would like to use the same color
however it seams that top-flite does not have paint color matched for there line of neon
colors.mike
Old 05-27-2004, 12:43 AM
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Don't even try. It will come out horrible. For one, the air has nowhere to go so you will have terrible bubbles. Secondly, all the hot air from the iron or heat gun will melt the plastic leaving it useless! I'm speaking from experience here.
Old 05-27-2004, 10:26 AM
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ditto! No good. Don't try it.
Old 05-27-2004, 10:49 AM
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Differing opinion here -

The attached pics show the ABS cowl covered with red Econokote and blue Ultracoat. The Econokote is a cheap lower temp film that worked ok (for me). I was able to use low heat and did not have any bubbling problems. For the blue Ultracoat I used trim solvent to adhere it to the ABS.

It can be done, try working slow with low heat and trim solvent.

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Old 05-27-2004, 01:10 PM
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afra do i use the trim solvent like a glue and paint it on then my covering,and use heat
or just the solvent and covering with slight pressure. thanks mike
Old 05-27-2004, 02:29 PM
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I wonder if the windex method would work on a cowel with monokote? I see it works well over the top of other monokote with no bubbles. Might research that one too. Never thought of it.
Old 05-27-2004, 02:36 PM
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Good idea FLYBOY - After the film is stuck on the abs, go around the edges with trim solvent to help keep it down.

On the above T-Craft, I used low heat to get the film to stick then I applied trim solvent with a Q-Tip around the edges.

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seams that the windex method has merrit so ill try both! thanks for the tips guys.mike
Old 05-27-2004, 04:11 PM
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whats the windex method? got my RV-4 going to be covered once im done so all this covering info im trying to grap

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Old 05-27-2004, 04:41 PM
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The BIG DIFFERENCE is Monokote is a HIGH temp film, where Econokote and Ultracote are LOW TEMP FILMS. The difference in temps will determine if the ABS melts or not.

FWIW - there is something in the BLUE Windex that activates the adhesive in Monokote. From my own experience, I have found that the Windex works, BUT, only has about 1/2 - 2/3 the holding power of heat applied material.

You may want to see if a paint store can match/mix a latex to match the neon you have. They will need a sample. If they can, paint the parts and clear coat them with Lusterkote, Ultracoat or MinWax Polycrylic. I know metallics can not be matched.
Old 05-27-2004, 11:38 PM
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Ive done it and it worked OK, Id rather paint the part personally.

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