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Postby art » Sat Mar 18, 2006 2:37 pm

I just covered my stabilizers with Tedlar. So far so good. Does anyone have any suggestions for the ruddervators. It seems that those curves are going to create wrinkles (crows feet) Thanks Art
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Postby lazairkid » Sat Mar 18, 2006 4:18 pm

Art

:huh: :huh: You shouldn't have any problems there ether.
I used one peace of tedlar to cover, the hardest part is
taping up the curves, the shrinking of the tedlar should take
all the wrinkles out.
Have three pics for you.
The manual should show you how to do it, if not let me know
and all sent you the pages.

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Postby lazairkid » Sat Mar 18, 2006 4:19 pm

B) B) Pic two.
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Postby lazairkid » Sat Mar 18, 2006 4:32 pm

:D Pic three
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Postby art » Sat Mar 18, 2006 5:36 pm

Thanks LZK, I have the manual. Speaking of tape, I have 2 5/8 " tedlar tape from George Curtis. I did the trailing edge of stabilizer and found it almost impossible to to get the tape down with no air bubbles. I got the tape off and am going nut's because I want a perfect job. Art
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Postby lazairkid » Sat Mar 18, 2006 5:52 pm

:blink: I had the same problem,
It takes two people to put the tape on right and what air pockets I did get
I took a pin needle and pocked air holes in the tape only and used a squeegee back and forth to get all the air out.
I did the same around rivets on the wing.
That tape is wide, I can see where you would have a problem. I used the white
tedlar tape on my wings, It's not but half that size and then covered that with a white vinyl tape for UV protection.
Can you not cut the tape in half and tape one side at a time
I found a clear tape that I am trying on the tail, it's not tedlar but it has been working just as good but only time will tale.
I made a small flap, covered it with tedlar and used this clear tape I'm testing,
mounted the flap on the top of my SUV in the wind stream and made a trip to see my sister.
I traveled down I-95 an 8-hour trip at speeds from 55 to 80MPH and back two days later and the tape held with no pealing anywhere on the flap, so I think it should hold when flying
45 to 50MPH. Wright now its under going weather testing.
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Postby art » Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:27 am

Thanks, did ruddervators. Thats actually a very easy job. Art
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