Friendly Advice on Taping From a Novice

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Friendly Advice on Taping From a Novice

Postby scubarider » Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:42 am

I am in the middle of priming and painting the plane.  It is my first attempt at such a paint job.  I have found no matter how perfect you can get the primer and paint that the taping/glue is a show through.  They recommend that you use masking tape to get your straight lines on your covering tapes for glueing.  I did that and got some really good results on lineage.  The problem came when removing the masking tape the glue left some pretty dominant lines.  I thought this would be covered with primer/paint.  It shows.  I covered the wing WITHOUT masking tape and just did a pencil line to keep the tape straight.  Brushed the glue with NO lines showing. This covered MUCH better with NO seeing the glue line.  Just some advice from a novice.  8)
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Postby Dave Krall CFII SEL SES » Wed Sep 26, 2007 3:10 am

That's cool, gonna use that one for sure. Thanks!
We're starting paint as soon as replacement pigmented top coat arrives. Recalled first batch because of bubbles.
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another

Postby scubarider » Sun Sep 30, 2007 8:42 pm

Another tidbit I learned from Troy.  Before covering the wings put some medical tape over the false ribs.  It is smooth and protects very well.  Works great.
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another thing from a novice

Postby KevinC » Sun Sep 30, 2007 9:57 pm

I used a piece of lexan to draw my tape lines.  Ran a sheet through a friends table saw - 1 inch, 2 inch and 3 inch - then put marks at the half way point with a sharpie.  Line the sharpie marks up with the center of the tube I am taping over - two pencil lines down both sides and 'viola'.  It worked pretty well.

probably old news, but fwiw.

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