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Old 02-26-2003, 06:10 PM
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I recently purchased a Great Planes Shoestring ARF. The model is covered with Monokote. The first step in the instructions is to seal and shrink the monokote since this has not been done when it left the factory. I would like to remove the monokote and replace it with silk and dope. At this point what is the best way to remove the Monokote without doing any damage to the wood structure?

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Old 02-26-2003, 06:32 PM
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Use heat and gently pull, There is no easy way. Take you time and make sure you use common sense. Like pull the covering with the direction of the ribs. Pull 90 degrees and you could snap one. Other than that, I will state again. Heat and pull gently.
Old 02-26-2003, 09:32 PM
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CHassan is correct in how to remove it. Unfortunately, Monokote can leave the glue/pigment behind. I've used lacquer thinner or acetone to remove the glue, but it is a royal pain. You have to be careful not to melt any of the glue joints if you do this. Let it dry for a couple hours and give it a good all-over sanding to prep it for new covering.

PS. If you build your own, you'll have a better model and won't have to do stuff like this any more.
Old 02-27-2003, 08:17 AM
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Originally posted by CafeenMan

PS. If you build your own, you'll have a better model and won't have to do stuff like this any more.
Sooo... you have never had to repair something you built???
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Originally posted by rorywquin


Sooo... you have never had to repair something you built???
Unfortunately, more frequently than I'd like.

But I don't put on my covering so poorly in the first place that I have to remove it. In this case, the model came with a covering other than what he wants. If he had built it he could have saved himself all that time removing the covering and put on what he wanted the first time.
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Semi-ARF?

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Old 02-27-2003, 04:58 PM
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Yeah - if the only choices were ARC or ARF, I would definitely take the ARC so I could see what's inside and make any modifications I felt necessary and then finish it however I want.
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Great Planes Shoestring models are only offered as ARF no ARC available yet. If they were I would not have had to post my question.
Old 02-27-2003, 07:37 PM
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PA - I was speaking in a general sense regarding ARC & ARF. I gave you the best answer I have for your current problem. You can get the monokote off, but it is a pain to do. Once you get it painted, it will be worth the effort I think.

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