Anyone know a bloke named Alan Ronk who has a Just Aircraft SuperSTOL? Is this him? https://www.linkedin.com/in/allan-ronk-a55600b8/?ppe=1Lou, it seems that there is an Australian aircraft flying with this covering. It may be worthwhile trying to track them down to see where they got their supplies (and their experience with the fabric)
Lighter, certainly. But way more expensive, unless you are paying for a professional spray job on a Ceconite covering. But some say the Oratex finish is not as good as a spray paint done well.Looking at the figures they quote in their pricing comparisons, I think that the recovering job done with the product would be cheaper. It also pretty well ensures that there is less of a weight addition to the aircraft by using their product, and an aging starlette could well lose some unwanted pounds.
Don't take this as a criticism of YOUR plane, which I have not seen, but I have seen a few homebuilts painted with house paint, and in my opinion doing that is an insult. Beauty might only be skin deep, but a less than pristine paint job does nothing to honour the hours of hark work and skill that goes into a homebuilt.I used non certified 1.8oz Dacron & acrylic house paint. Bruce
'Twould appear that I have been trampled by the march of Progress!. My opinion was formed after having seen some aircraft which had been painted with a brush. Any paint job is going to look better if the paint is applied with a spray gun. That gives a more even, and thinner coat.But I suggest it is misguided. There is no reason why modern acrylic paint, skilfully sprayed, should not yield a comparable finish to car paint. And house paint has advantages over car paint, not least its flexibility and u.v. protection qualities, quite apart from its lower cost. Modern acrylics are more akin to a flexible plastic coating than old fashioned powdery paint crudely daubed onto a work of art.
While on this subject I would be interested to here tips and opinion on how difficult or otherwise it is to remove fabric from a wood airframe? What is the best way to do this?I doubt oratex will save weight. I recently removed all fabric from a skyfox and weighed it. 6.5 kg including paint! This from entire airframe.
To start the process, you can cut the fabric to start a tear and then pull it off. If you are lucky, the fabric will come off the wood where it has been glued down. If the fabric doesn't come off, you can dissolve the glue with methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) and then pull the fabric off the wood. CAUTION. Only use MEK in a well ventilated area, and preferably wear a filter mask. Also you need to wear chemical resistant gloves.While on this subject I would be interested to here tips and opinion on how difficult or otherwise it is to remove fabric from a wood airframe? What is the best way to do this?Wayne