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How to prevent damage to a plan

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Peter Jenkins21/10/2019 19:09:19
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Back in the 60's when I used to build from plans, I used grease proof paper to protect the plan and prevent the structure sticking to it.

What do people use these days?

Geoff S21/10/2019 20:18:39
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I've been using cling film for years. I used to fasten it and the plan to my building board with masking tape. Now, I use a steel sheet on my board and hold everything down with wooden blocks with magnets inletted. The drawings are as good after the build as before - no glue leaking through pin holes.


Keith Sharples21/10/2019 20:33:07
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Household cling film works for me held down with masking tape.

Peter Jenkins21/10/2019 20:33:28
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Thanks Geoff and Keith. I did wonder whether something like Fablon might be worth using but cling film sounds a much cheaper option. I decided to build on plasterboard on top of an old kitchen top so I'm stuck with using pins. As you say, glue leakage through pin holes was a major problem. I did also rub candle wax onto the plan and that worked well.

Edited By Peter Jenkins on 21/10/2019 20:46:26

Peter Miller21/10/2019 20:53:33
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I use the backing from covering film. I have used clingfilm but find that it tends to be too weak.

Another dodge is to rub the plan with candle wax. A tea light will provide wax for years

Jason-I21/10/2019 20:54:26
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You can even buy a specific 'plan protection' sheet:



Robert Parker21/10/2019 21:02:07
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Hi Peter,

I use grease proof paper for and have done for almost 30 years, I buy mine from Asda

Jason-I21/10/2019 21:05:42
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I actually use the large clear polythene bags my wifes online clothes shopping comes in.......surprise

Peter Jenkins21/10/2019 21:23:59
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Peter - yes, I used candle wax by rubbing a candle on the plan. Having Googled tea lights I have found a supply.

Jason - thanks for the links. Looks like a similar cost to tea lights.

Robert - interesting that grease proof paper continues to be of use today 50 years after I first used it!

Lowandslow22/10/2019 10:43:19
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Clear cellophane wrap from Hobbycraft is working well for me. At £3.25 for a 60cm x 20m roll that’s a good deal and it’s more durable than cling film. It’s even 2 rolls for a fiver!

Dale Bradly22/10/2019 10:56:23
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1. I get the plan copied and only ever work from a copy to prevent inadvertent damage to the original.

2. Local hardware store has cheap disposable clear plastic drop cloths for a few bucks. One is big enough to cut into about 6 workbench covers.

3. Also a user of the steel/magnets, minimising holes and tears in the work surface.

Craig Carr22/10/2019 11:30:44
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Hello Peter

my local florists sells me a roll of the clear cellophane they wrap the flowers in for next to nowt

its wrinkle free and glues don’t stick to it laugh

plus get the wife a bouquet at the same time for extra brownie points love


Peter Jenkins22/10/2019 12:03:57
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Thanks guys, some very useful tips there. I like the idea of trying the local florist. If they don't follow the "next to nowt" route then Hobbycraft seems to be the next port of call.

Peter Miller22/10/2019 12:17:19
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I can safely say that after I have finished building my plans cannot even be used for wrapping up the rubbish and shavings. But I do have the orginal tracing and PDF files.

Well many of them although there is someone who has vast stocks of my old tracings because I just do not have the storage space and trying to find one of the old ones was amajor operation that could take half an afternoon.

One day he plans to sell them at a vast profit!!!!

Bob Cotsford22/10/2019 12:29:28
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Recently I've been using sellotape just to protect the plan around joints, mainly so the model doesn't end up with bits of paper stuck all over it. I still have some of the clear backing off film coverings which I do use sometimes. No rhyme or reason to it, it's random which method I'll use though the tape does seem to repel CA glues better.

Ernie22/10/2019 14:18:55
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I get my local printer to make a half , or quarter size copy so that I can have it on the wall fot easy reference


stu knowles22/10/2019 15:46:13
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10metres x 800mm £4 but postage is £5. Probably best to try and do a deal with a local florist

Phil 922/10/2019 18:01:09
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this stuff from the balsa cabin

I know it is only plastic sheet but it is just the right thickness for this purpose

Edited By Phil 9 on 22/10/2019 18:02:30

Peter Jenkins23/10/2019 00:05:49
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I tried 2 florists. One was out of the stuff and the other said they wanted £2.50 per meter. So, I passed on that.

When I got home, I found there was quite a lot of greaseproof paper in one of the kitchen drawers, so, I liberated a roll and will use that.

Thanks for all the suggestions.

Ken Lighten23/10/2019 19:58:35
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I, like Bob, use cellotape, cheap stuff, nothing sticks to it at all


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