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Old 12-19-2008, 08:41 AM
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Default Skinny Dip

Anybody used skinni dip? All input experience appreciated......

Thanks
Peter
Old 12-20-2008, 10:59 AM
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I guess not...but then, I don't even know what it is.
Old 12-20-2008, 11:57 AM
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ORIGINAL: Deadeye

I guess not...but then, I don't even know what it is.
Me either. Did a search and found this:
http://www.impscale.com/html/skinni_dip.html
My guess anyways.

Robert
Old 12-23-2008, 11:36 AM
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Hey guys, I have used it with great results. I am very shocked that you dont see this product used more where people are trying to get an authentic metal finish. Eveywhere I go with my P-51 people think it is really covered in aluminum and I spend about 10 minutes explaining the product. It is very easy to use and quick to apply. The key is surface preparation.

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Old 12-23-2008, 01:14 PM
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Jay,
I've flown at that field
Old 12-24-2008, 03:31 PM
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I use to skinny dip!!!!!!
Old 12-24-2008, 07:29 PM
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Jay, I'm not trying to hi-jack this thread, but I have to know about your P-51. What kit, engine, etc? It looks great and appears to be better porportioned than most P-51's I've seen around. How does it fly? I flew a Fliteglas Models P-51 for several years.
Thank you,
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Old 12-26-2008, 05:39 PM
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Jay

I just started using skiiny dip. You were right. Works great! I am very happy with it! I'll post pics when my P-51 is done

Peter
Old 12-27-2008, 08:44 PM
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Ralph, this is a Ziroli P-51. It has a Sachs 5.8 engine and Century Jet retracts. It has the typical builder modifications but is mostly by the plans. The plane flies terrific.

Peter, glad you decided to try it, you wont be dissapointed. Looking forward to your pictures....

Jay
Old 12-27-2008, 10:09 PM
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Jay, Thanks for the info. It looks great !!
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Old 12-28-2008, 05:15 AM
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what is the practical difference between SKINNI DIP and FLITE METAL?
Old 12-28-2008, 10:30 AM
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Flite metal is a sheet of metal. Skinny dip is an aluminum powder.

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Old 12-28-2008, 10:48 AM
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Just like Skinny dip IMP is low key in marketing yet everything I get from them is great .
I bought some interior kits from him great price and nice details
Old 12-28-2008, 09:10 PM
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Ok I’m interested in skinni diping can some one explain the application presses in detail?

Jaygull the p51 looks great [sm=thumbup.gif]
Old 12-31-2008, 08:28 PM
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Skinny Dip is two parts. Basically you go through the same process of prepping to finish your model. Rivets, panel lines hatches, ect. Have the finish primed and sanded extremely smooth with no swirl or scratch marks. I use 2500 grit wet sandpaper. Mask off several panels and using an airbrush you apply a very light mist of the Skinny Dip adhesive. Wait 10 minutes and then buff on the aluminum powder with a soft terry cloth. Then move on to the next panels. If you use gray primer you get a very authentic aluminum finish. If you use black, you get a stainless steel look, white primer will give you chrome.

You can do an entire plane in 1 day by alternating panels. Once complete, you just give it a good wipe down to remove any remaining powder. No clear coat though, it will turn the whole thing black....

The apply any maskings, decals, etc and you're done.

Jay
Old 12-31-2008, 11:15 PM
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ORIGINAL: JayGull

Skinny Dip is two parts. Basically you go through the same process of prepping to finish your model. Rivets, panel lines hatches, ect. Have the finish primed and sanded extremely smooth with no swirl or scratch marks. I use 2500 grit wet sandpaper. Mask off several panels and using an airbrush you apply a very light mist of the Skinny Dip adhesive. Wait 10 minutes and then buff on the aluminum powder with a soft terry cloth. Then move on to the next panels. If you use gray primer you get a very authentic aluminum finish. If you use black, you get a stainless steel look, white primer will give you chrome.

You can do an entire plane in 1 day by alternating panels. Once complete, you just give it a good wipe down to remove any remaining powder. No clear coat though, it will turn the whole thing black....

The apply any maskings, decals, etc and you're done.

Jay
WOW! And glow fuel doesn't bother it? The adhesive 'encapsulates' the metal powder so to speak? Why would clear coating make it black? Please enlighten.
Old 01-01-2009, 11:20 AM
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It is supposed to be glow fuel proof, however I have not tested that. I am running a Sachs 5.8 on my Mustang and the gasoline does not seem to effect it. I cant explain the chemical makup of the product, but clear coating it does indeed ruin the finish. When I say it turns black, more like a really dark hazy gray. The instructions also say not to clear coat it.

That being said, greasy fingers will leave prints and occasionally you have to re-polish areas that have been handled alot. However, this is still the most realistic aluminum finish I have ever seen.

Jay
Old 01-01-2009, 04:32 PM
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It sounds a bit like the stuff they call "Rub N buff" in the craft stores
Old 01-03-2009, 05:53 PM
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Jay, whats your secret for masking panels.....its seems like the masking tape leaves a mark and I can't buff it out...even waiting several days before masking a painted panel....

Your right about the 2000 grit sandpaper.
Old 01-03-2009, 07:22 PM
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Peter, do you have actual panels on the plane already? In other words, panels created using chart tape or another method? I mask off lining up with the panels. Perhaps this hides any masking lines. The other thing is that maybe you are spraying on too much adhesive. When you spray this on, it should be a very light mist.

Hope this helps....

Jay
Old 01-03-2009, 08:24 PM
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Thanks Jay. I am using the hair line of the tape and paper to mask of panels in the lines figured it out while working tonight.... I did do panel lines and rivets here is my wing so far, pictures do not do the skinny dip justice. I only took the wing to 1000, I wish I took it to 2000. I will do the fuse with 2000 though and it will look a lot better. What time frame did you wait before buffing in the powder, I have been going with six minutes?
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Old 01-05-2009, 06:11 PM
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Peter, the wing looks great! The instructions say to wait 10 minutes before applying the powder, however I always started between 6 and 8 minutes. Once you take it down to 2000 or 2500, you will get a flawless finish.

Jay
Old 01-13-2009, 11:39 AM
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How do you alternate the darkness of the panels? Just by adding more or less of the powder per given area? When you apply the powder, you say buff it on, so swirl it on or spply in one direction? I think im going to order some to play with, sounds interesting.
Old 01-14-2009, 10:26 PM
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Justin, you alternate the darkness of the panels two ways. First, the more you buff on the powder the shinier more polished look you will get. Also, if you change the direction of which way you are buffing, it will create a similated grain. The aluminum panels actually have a grain due to the way they are produced.

Give it a try, you will not be dissapointed.

Jay
Old 01-15-2009, 09:43 PM
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Is IMP scale the only place you can buy this stuff?

If a clear coat doesn't work, has anyone tried using automotive wax over it?

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