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Tinting a canopy on WH edge 540

Old 11-08-2005, 10:44 PM
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Default Tinting a canopy on WH edge 540

I was thinking I might like to tint the canopy on my edge 540, anyone tried it using the RIT dye method?

Tom, you have any suggestions?
Old 11-08-2005, 10:58 PM
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Default RE: Tinting a canopy on WH edge 540

Yes. You can use Rit dye but it needs to be about 8 x strength, and you must control the water temperature or you can melt the canopy, too cool and the dye does not work.

I suggest RC car paint for a simpler solution. Paint the inside.

TF
Old 11-09-2005, 01:43 AM
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Use the R/C car pant, it works great and no worries about melting your canopy to hell!!! It's the way I went and my canopy came out awsome, just take your time and let each layer dry before appling the next. Good Luck!
Old 11-09-2005, 09:10 PM
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Default RE: Tinting a canopy on WH edge 540

I used the Rit Dye method. I feel that it give a more realistic appearance, like smoked glass. It also eliminates the chance of runs, splatter, and uneven application. Test the excess that you cut off in some hot water to determine the highest safe temperature. I used an inexpensive meat thermometer and if memory serves me 130° F was still safe but test it first with the scrap. At 140° the scrap curled up like a pig's tail.

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Old 11-09-2005, 09:57 PM
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Default RE: Tinting a canopy on WH edge 540

OK, thanks AJ. That's actually the look I'm going for. I didn't really want a 100% blacked out canopy, Just "tinted". I may still put a pilot in there. Unfortunately I'm the second owner of my plane and I don't have any scrap to experiment with. Anyone have a little extra they may want part with?
Old 11-10-2005, 12:52 PM
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Default RE: Tinting a canopy on WH edge 540

Twist,

Get a NEW one from Tom, cut to fit and use the scrap from that. If you're not successful, (you will be) you'll have the original canopy to put back on. If things turn out the way you want, you have an extra canopy.

regards, zz
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Default RE: Tinting a canopy on WH edge 540

Get a NEW one from Tom, cut to fit and use the scrap from that. If you're not successful, (you will be) you'll have the original canopy to put back on. If things turn out the way you want, you have an extra canopy.
That way you also know that you are working with water that will be the right temperature for the material you are working with. If you get some scrap from someone else, there could be some variance in the melt temperature from one batch of resin to the next.
Old 11-10-2005, 06:17 PM
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Default RE: Tinting a canopy on WH edge 540

Testors Model Paint makes a windo tint spray. I have bought a can but not had the opertunity to try it yet. Just a thought.....
Old 11-10-2005, 07:06 PM
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Default RE: Tinting a canopy on WH edge 540

I tried that and with never having been known as the greatest painter in the world I ended up with fisheye and some splatter.
Old 11-10-2005, 08:05 PM
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Default RE: Tinting a canopy on WH edge 540

I used spray paint that is used for r/c canopy cars,,, and if you spray lightly you can see through I used blue on mine and i painted like 4 o 5 light coats and still see through.
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Old 11-14-2005, 09:27 PM
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Default RE: Tinting a canopy on WH edge 540

I just finished my 73" Edge. Used 3 boxes of black rite dye in a large cooking kettle. Very warm water, not hot. Drilled a small hole in front of canopy to insert wire holder to dunk into the dye. Turned out real nice. Only took about an hour. The longer you leave it in the darker it gets. Pic of the plane in above thread.

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