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Offline Cessna4542c

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Fabric question
« on: December 16, 2016, 04:22:42 PM »
Going to cover the tail feathers soon and was wondering what builders are using?

Offline XL-C-100

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Re: Fabric question
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2016, 06:19:30 PM »
I used 3m fastbond adhesive with uncertified light fabric from aircraft spruce. Then I used 2 coats of latex primer followed by 2 coats of latex paint. I also applied with a foam roller and wet sanded between coats, it gave a finish I am very happy with no fumes or overspray to deal with. Very inexpensive :)

Offline Darren C

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Re: Fabric question
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2016, 06:47:41 PM »
I am using Oratex.  http://www.betteraircraftfabric.com/

Comes in various colors. Is very lightweight, strong and no need to paint. 
Like their ad says - Glue it, shrink it, fly.  It really is that straight forward making it a relative quick job.
For all the positives, it is not inexpensive but for me is worth the added cost.
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Offline 914pete

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Re: Fabric question
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2016, 01:42:38 PM »
I am using Oratex.  http://www.betteraircraftfabric.com/

Comes in various colors. Is very lightweight, strong and no need to paint.  
Like their ad says - Glue it, shrink it, fly.  It really is that straight forward making it a relative quick job.
For all the positives, it is not inexpensive but for me is worth the added cost.

Darren, I like the Oratex.  It was at Airventure unfortunately, I didn't get top try it though.   I cannot find pricing listed on their website which leads me to believe its expensive.  What is the cost to cover the XL wings and empennage?

Offline Darren C

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Re: Fabric question
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2016, 12:29:28 AM »
It is expensive but I was happy to pay for the convenience of not having to paint and the time savings to be had as it is so straight forward. 
Came to about US$2,300 as we don't have an agent in Australia so it was shipped and all applicable taxes paid on arrival here.  I got every tool and brush, pads, tapes and heat gun & iron so it was certainly more than if I had just purchased the fabric and Hotmelt glue.

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