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Cowling Chafe Seal

PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 10:20 pm
by Tralika
I know that amateur built aircraft are supposed to be for education and research but I'm really getting tired of so much education. I finished installing my cowling and now that it's painted I was going to install the chafe seal. It turns out that I should have attached the chafe seal before fitting and installing the cowling. Now that the cowling is done, the chafe seal prevents the cowling from fitting. I don't want to learn anything else, I just want this project to be done! Here's a photo with the cowling and no chafe seal.

Re: Cowling Chafe Seal

PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 2:38 pm
by danerazz
You might be able to get by with just anti-chafe tape, not the fibrous cowl chafe seal they use on Cessnas. You may have to replace it every year or so, but beats the hell out of refitting/painting the cowl again.

I am referring to something like

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/cspages/chafetape05-11196.php?clickkey=12959

Or

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/cspages/teflonantichafetape.php?clickkey=12959

Re: Cowling Chafe Seal

PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:28 pm
by gkremers
John,
Were are you putting the tape?

Gary

Re: Cowling Chafe Seal

PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:00 am
by Tralika
I have some black tape made by 3M that I'm going to try. Thanks for the Teflon tape suggestion, I wasn't aware of that product. I'll use that if the black tape doesn't work or when it wears out. I'm going to use the chafe seal/tape where the trailing edge of the engine cowl overlaps the boot cowls and also where the boot cowls overlap the fabric covered airframe.

Re: Cowling Chafe Seal

PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 12:15 pm
by gkremers
Mc Master-Carr sells all kinds of surface protection tape. I have a few different widths and thicknesses. Worked well for the areas you are trying to protect.

https://www.mcmaster.com/#surface-prote ... e/=18t5vfb


Gary