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Covering material from Solarfilm

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DCW26/08/2011 22:12:46
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Has anyone ever used this covering film?, if so 'Any good?'.
It may be a substitute for solartex on smaller models. However few shops stock it, although it can be obtained direct from solarfilm at £11.75 for a 2mtr. roll.
PS . Take a look at the Solarfilm website, it's pretty 'cool'.

Allan Bennett27/08/2011 08:50:32
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I've used it, but only because it was the only Solar covering that came in the colour I wanted, and it seemed like it would be good for painting over -- I got dove grey for a Mosquito, so the underside would be unpainted and the top side would be painted camouflage colours.
Having done it once, I don't think I would do it again. The material is not so shrinkable as Solarfilm or tex and, using Prymol first, I can paint on film just as easily.
DCW28/08/2011 20:50:21
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Thanks Allan, just what I thought. I think I'll continue to use Solartex.
Malcolm Fisher28/08/2011 21:15:56
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For my money, the fabric coverings beat the film varieties on all counts - unless weight is a real concern. In such cases I would most likely use doped tissue as this provides greater stiffness than most films and is fairly easy to patch when necvessary and can be painted whatever colour is required,
On that basis, I mostly use "natural" Solartex as that too is easy to colour with any desired pigment and quicker and easier than doped silk or nylon which used to be my preference.

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