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Replacing taditional tissue with modern covering material

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Skippers Walker25/05/2020 07:57:53
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I'm in the process of stripping a wing area (open structure) of the elderly tissue and dope covering with a view to replacing this with Oracover.

Will this modern film adhere successfully to previously doped balsa surfaces?

I have lightly sanded the structure but it is impractical to remove every trace of the old covering.

Advice will be welcome please?


Stay well


cymaz25/05/2020 08:10:55
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Nylon and dope might be the way to go


paul d25/05/2020 08:23:50
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Posted by cymaz on 25/05/2020 08:10:55:

Nylon and dope might be the way to go


Or polyester silk and dope with tissue on top, very light, very strong and looks wonderful (imo).

FlyinBrian25/05/2020 08:25:54
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What model is it and what type is it? RC glider, FF sport etc.

I believe Oracover do a lightweight film that may be better if its a small lightweight model.

Re adhering to the previously doped wood - If it was doped long ago you should be OK as all the solvents will have gone from the dope, I would still use as low a heat as you can get away with and get the film on as tight as possible before final shrinking.

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