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Fiberglassing and Finishing Techniques FAQ

November 08, 2007

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 standing bare
maverick county texas
Posted:March 5th, 2017
2.42 PM
I have had good success when fiber glassing a surface, wings in particular, using polyester resin and the lightest cloth I could find by stretching a piece of Saran Wrap over the surface and squeegeeing the excess resin. The Saran Wrap leaves a glass like surface and very minimal resin after it cures.
Posted:November 23rd, 2009
2.28 PM
I just read your FAQ on removing the residue from plastic covering. I recently had to remove the crappy cheap covering from my .40 size Taylorcraft ARF (I know, I know, but it flys sooo well) and it seemed that most of the colored pigment would stay behind on the model. I tried sanding, but that was going to take forever. I asked a friend of mine for advice, and this method works extremely well.

You get a roll of masking tape. I use 3M's Blue (low tack) masking tape in the 3" width. You apply this to the area where you need to remove the residue. You then take your covering iron and heat up the area through the masking tape. Start at one end and lift the masking tape as you go. Go slowly and the residue should release from the surface and stay with the tape. Areas with a lot of residue might require multiple passes with new tape, but I was able to get all of the white residue off of my airplane. Some of the red was still left behind, but I think this is mostly staining from the pigment, nothing a little light sanding can't take care of. Just thought I would share. Happy modeling!

 Frank Hasty
Brunswick, GA
Posted:July 14th, 2006
2.09 AM
Bannana Oil FYI
amyl acetate
An organic compound, CH3COOC5H11, occurring in isomeric mixtures and used as a flavoring agent, as a paint and lacquer solvent, and in the preparation of penicillin. Also called banana oil.

Way the mid '40s when I was a kid and "Hot Fuel" was first invented, I was told to mix 2cc of Amyl Acetate per gallon of fuel with the Methanol and Castor oil "to make them mix." This meant going to automotive "Enamel" paint because the Amyl Acetate would disolve dope.
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