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bsacks05 02-25-2018 01:36 PM

My brushed on Randolph Wing Walk compound has been in place and giving traction for 12 years and 1100 hrs. The black faded a little and I repainted it a few years ago but the grip has been fine. No peeling or chipping either.

RV8Squaz 02-25-2018 06:12 PM

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catal...p?recfer=24992

Kyle Boatright 02-25-2018 07:08 PM

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Originally Posted by RV8Squaz (Post 1242116)

How does it do when it is wet?

fl-mike 02-25-2018 07:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Mark Dickens (Post 1242010)
I remember that some have used skate board grip tape as a wing walk material. I will be taking my -8 to paint in about a month and am thinking about what I'm going to use after that. Wondering if anyone had a pirep on using skate board material?

Edit: and it's a lot cheaper too

$5 a piece (side) on the web.

Six years or so and no issues. Did have one of the little pieces on the step start to lift, so replaced that when I did the step reinforcement. Gnarly dude!:D

RV8Squaz 02-25-2018 08:24 PM

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Originally Posted by Kyle Boatright (Post 1242125)
How does it do when it is wet?

It works great Kyle. Iíve never had any issues with it.

rleffler 02-26-2018 03:29 AM

I had the material from Flyboys on my RV-10. On several occasions, I lost portions of the material in flight. They were gracious to offer replacements, but after the third time replacing them I gave up. They did give me a refund.

The issue was that the adhesive failed. What made it worse, was the failure was between the wing walk material and the adhesive. The adhesive was still firmly attached to the surface which was a pita to remove.

I was told that the primary intention for their product was from the marine industry. I did notice an issue while flying Young Eagles last summer that the adhesive would start to loosen in direct sunlight in the mid 70ís. While kneeling to assist kids with their seatbelts I notice that if I pivoted my knee the material turned too.

Iíve purchased the Ray Allen material which is a little more expensive, but I havenít put it on yet. Iím waiting for the hangar to be a tad bit warmer.

Bill.Peyton 02-26-2018 06:21 AM

The Vans stuff works great and after 6 years and 800 hours still looks new

Mudfly 02-26-2018 06:21 AM

Probably waaay overkill here, but just a thought. I'm not close to needing wing walk material, but have had this idea since I've been working on my wings. I had a truck bed with this product for years and it was very durable provided good traction even when wet. This product is different than some other bed liner sprays that are thicker and feel more "cushioned". Line-X appears to be a fairly thin layer, and can be textured as required. Options for durability, UV protection, and color are also available.
Not sure if mobile service is available so that would be an issue for a completed plane. I thought if I paint before flight this may be an option. One obvious disadvantage may be that once applied, it may be very difficult to remove if required.
Like I said, probably too involved for a wing walk material, but might be interesting for someone to consider...and let me know how it turns out:)

http://www.linex.com/bedliners

az_gila 02-26-2018 08:08 AM

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Originally Posted by Bill.Peyton (Post 1242197)
The Vans stuff works great and after 6 years and 800 hours still looks new

Isn't Vans wing walk the same as the Ray Allen part?

Daida 02-26-2018 01:11 PM

+1 for Skateboard grip tape
 
It is cheap,
It works,
Comes in literally million different colours,
Comes in different grits,

It is all you need.


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