Oratex is like Yoga Pants

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Re: Oratex is like Yoga Pants

Postby BDA » Sat Dec 19, 2020 5:09 am

Was the discoloration glue that went outside the lines?

The glue always turnes yellow, gotta keep it covered.
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Re: Oratex is like Yoga Pants

Postby FlyerChief » Fri Jan 01, 2021 12:57 pm

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Easy Oratex Glue Cleanup!

This not only works well before heating, it also works after the glue is heat set!

A crepe block worked well for me on the Stewart System on Aerial One, so I thought I would try it on the Oratex on Aerial Two.
It not only worked... it worked very well!!!

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Crepe Block

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5 seconds later

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Cleaned up in less than 30 seconds!


Check out this video to see how quick and easy it is to clean up the dried glue...
https://youtu.be/vQDRQvY5Uyk

It would be interesting to see if this works on a plane that has been flying for a while but still has some dried glue spots on it.
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Re: Oratex is like Yoga Pants

Postby BucF16 » Fri Jan 01, 2021 3:05 pm

Thanks! How is it going up there Dan?
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Re: Oratex is like Yoga Pants

Postby FlyerChief » Fri Jan 01, 2021 3:29 pm

Hi Bruce,
Things are progressing on Aerial Two, but there's still a long way to go. I'm trying to take at least 50 lb. off the weight of this one, but with the Covid-19 lockdown, I'm not getting out much and I think I have put 15 lb. on myself. :shock: :lol: It's a bit of a losing battle, but I suppose there's time to take it off again. :roll:
At least the new Highlander build is keeping me busy and figuring out this Oratex has been a real learning experience compared to Stewarts and other methods.

I have been planning a factory trip for almost a year now but there's no chance until I have had the vaccine and this pandemic is under control in the USA. It's a bummer being in the high risk senior citizen group.
I trust all is well there with you and yours,
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Re: Oratex is like Yoga Pants

Postby CanadianSheepHunter » Fri Jan 08, 2021 7:03 pm

Superstol wing, single wrap with fabric gap in flap cove and overlap in Aileron cove. Done solo.
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Re: Oratex is like Yoga Pants

Postby CanadianSheepHunter » Fri Jan 08, 2021 7:14 pm

Fabric seam in flap and Aileron cove
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Re: Oratex is like Yoga Pants

Postby BDA » Sat Jan 09, 2021 12:27 am

Very nice!
How long did it take to cover each wing, start to finish?
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Re: Oratex is like Yoga Pants

Postby CanadianSheepHunter » Sat Jan 09, 2021 1:55 am

I have only covered one, I would have to add the hours up but I spent a week from the time I started scuffing it, but I did install anti chaffe tapes on the ribs which took extra time. And also installed the fuel tank lid riv nuts in that week.
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Re: Oratex is like Yoga Pants

Postby BDA » Tue Jan 19, 2021 9:19 pm

Oratex is awesome!!

My door came off in flight yesterday, all I could think about while it was thrashing about hanging by the shock was that it was going to shred the fabric and take out my tail.

All is good though! The fabric has a depresion that needs to be shrunk out by the door, and a small ding in the tail. No major damage, I have no doubt that reg fabric would have torn open.
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