Oratex is like Yoga Pants

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Re: Oratex is like Yoga Pants

Postby BDA » Fri Aug 09, 2019 4:52 pm

To reply to most of the suggestions and questions:

Thank You for all the suggestions!

Yes, I did talk to Lars - he said Acetone, but that did nothing to the marks.

The residue is more of a mark, you cant feel anything. Its almost like a stain in the Oratex coating.

Yes i did try WD-40 and soap and water - no luck.

I also tried full strength Citrisolve - no luck

Will try goo gone and adhesive remover next.
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Re: Oratex is like Yoga Pants

Postby danerazz » Fri Aug 09, 2019 10:28 pm

Naphtha?
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Re: Oratex is like Yoga Pants

Postby BDA » Mon Aug 12, 2019 3:52 pm

So I finally got some 3M adhesive remover to try, tried it on the test piece first and it worked well on the adhesive left from a piece of vinyl I peeled off, and didnt seem to affect the fabric at all.

But - when I tried to remove the marks left by the electrical tape it didnt work.
So will try a few other things I guess.
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Re: Oratex is like Yoga Pants

Postby AV8R Paul » Mon Aug 12, 2019 7:17 pm

You might try some Buddha Belly.
When I was trying to sell my Kitfox, I had some fuel stains I had tried 4 or 5 different products.
Buddha Belly cleaned 100% of the stain off, and I was finally able to clean the belly of the plane.
I not sure if it will work for glue residue, but it works great. I bought the sample kit, best product I’ve ever purchased.
https://planeperfect.us/products/bbb
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Re: Oratex is like Yoga Pants

Postby BDA » Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:12 am

Update on the cleaners and tape marks:

Magic Eraser did not work
Oratex cleaner did not work

Tried to get Budda Belly cleaner but they wont ship to Alaska
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Re: Oratex is like Yoga Pants

Postby SheepdogRD » Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:28 am

BDA wrote:Tried to get Budda Belly cleaner but they wont ship to Alaska

It's available on Amazon. Will they ship to you?

16 oz. spray bottle: https://www.amazon.com/Plant-Based-Degreaser-Aviation-Automotive-Motorcycle/dp/B0774WN6VR

1 gallon refill: https://www.amazon.com/Plane-Perfect-Wing-Wipe-Airplane/dp/B0774Y59X2
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Re: Oratex is like Yoga Pants

Postby kenryan » Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:38 am

Maybe it's a sign that you should not paint.
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Re: Oratex is like Yoga Pants

Postby BDA » Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:38 am

Hahahaha
Ya Ken, was just going to be a stripe, but now I will have to cover it somehow.

I am going to try heat next, with solvent. But I am thinking they are part of the fabric now.

Would be a cool way to do “ghost flames” tho!!
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Re: Oratex is like Yoga Pants

Postby kenryan » Tue Aug 27, 2019 11:08 am

I used finish tape for my stripes. Came out pretty good. I don't think your little bit of residue would interfere with adhesion.
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Re: Oratex is like Yoga Pants

Postby danerazz » Tue Aug 27, 2019 7:04 pm

Can’t say I disagree with the “sign not to paint” statement, just finished painting my fuselage using Stewart’s fabric and wet goods. Less than an ideal wood frame/plastic sheet garage spray booth.

Miserable job.

Still have to paint EVERYTHING else. Would rather have done oratex and not painted at all, but I was way into it before oratex became known here.
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Re: Oratex is like Yoga Pants

Postby BDA » Thu Aug 29, 2019 11:03 pm

I hear your pain Dane

Hate painting

I have vinyl stripes to apply, I tried Oratex tape for stripes on my test piece but cannot keep the edge straight, looks rediculous.

Oratex makes there own vinyl striping but very expensive and relatively hard to get.

As for the tape marks, I have yet to try clay bar, and the greased lightning, and gasoline or naptha, that is next.

Thank you all for the ideas.
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Re: Oratex is like Yoga Pants

Postby BDA » Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:12 pm

Last try at removing the adhesive marks was a bust.

Bug and tar remover - nope
Grease and wax remover - nope
Clay bar. - nope
Didnt have the guts for gasoline

Soooooooooooo...
I decided that the only thing left is to cover it.

The 2 bottles of Oratex wax I have were very different.
Shook them both VERY WELL, one was fine but the other looked like very bad cheese. Would never mix up, stayed seperated out. But I have had that bottle for 2 years plus.

Followed instructions and applied and polished with no effect at all. I am not an expert at wax on, wax off but I could see zero difference between the waxed and unwaxed fabric.
More coats maybe?
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Re: Oratex is like Yoga Pants

Postby kenryan » Sat Sep 21, 2019 9:57 am

I believe the purpose of the was is to make the fabric easier to clean, not to change the way it looks.
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Re: Oratex is like Yoga Pants

Postby BDA » Sun Sep 22, 2019 1:31 pm

Yes
I guess I should have explained more...

The marks left by the tape are more of a change in finish or appearance.
So I thought if the wax made the fabric appear different it might cover the marks.

Lars has said in multiple forums and told me in person that the wax would make the fabric have a “more” shiny look.
It must take a lot of coats.
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Re: Oratex is like Yoga Pants

Postby kenryan » Sun Sep 22, 2019 3:26 pm

My experience is similar to yours, no real difference in how the fabric looks (mine silver). Maybe different for different colors.
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