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CB36 04-09-2007 11:39 AM

"Window Cleaner" covering method
Hi all;
Can anyone point me in the direction of the thread on multi-color covering using the "window cleaner" method? I can't seem to find anything in my search.

Runway 04-09-2007 12:17 PM

RE: "Window Cleaner" covering method

CB36 04-10-2007 06:19 AM

RE: "Window Cleaner" covering method
Thanks Runway. Very interesting indeed! Just wondering how the covering will get tight over rib bays if no heat is used?

Flying freak 04-10-2007 06:36 AM

RE: "Window Cleaner" covering method
it wont shirk without heat, this is used to aplly mk to mk not mk to wood i wouldnt use this teniqu directly on wood becaue the windex will soften up the balsa...

Runway 04-10-2007 07:36 AM

RE: "Window Cleaner" covering method
You'd cover it as normal, first of all - ie shrink the base colour [white is probably best] onto the fus and wing. The 'windex method' comes after that, with the fancy coloured pieces being laid over the base covering and allowed to dry. It seems to work with what we call 'Solarfilm' in the UK but not with [the more expensive] 'Profilm' - I'm not sure what the US trade names are.

CB36 04-10-2007 11:55 AM

RE: "Window Cleaner" covering method
Thanks, Runway, for that!! Now it all makes sense. I'm gonna have to try this method. I guess our Monocote will work.

dr_wogz 04-10-2007 03:10 PM

RE: "Window Cleaner" covering method
The other method you might be after is the 'glass method'

(I've done this a few times, on a few wings..)

Basically, you need a peice of glass. You lay donw the base / large / rearmost peice. you then iron on the other peices / sections and build up a sheet of covering. Pretty much like a quilt; a whole bunch of pieces / sections are used to create a sheet. The edges should overlap no less than a 1/4". Iron donw the seams with medium heat. Then, once teh sheet is done, peel the sheet off the glass. The covering won't stick to teh glass, and the glass won't allow it to shrink when you iron it all down.

It takes a bit of practice, but once you've got it, it's pretty slick!

Don't go crazy with heat & such in the center sections, especially over open bays. The glue can soften, and pull apart as both peices shrink. Get is all as tight as piossible to minimize needing to shrink the middles. (skill in covering comes in handy!!)

Remember to build up the sheet with the seems facing back. A littel CA painted on eh seams can help

Dark colours will show though light colours, so design / build up your pattern accordingly..

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