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Old 10-14-2009, 11:16 AM
Beancounter Beancounter is offline
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Default Blue plastic

My experience is that if the plastic has been exposed to sunlight for extended time it will be very difficult to remove. The bottom of the wings were easy but the top was a different story. The plastic breaks up into little tiny squares sort of like a dry lake bed. I've used Xylene but it is nasty stuff. In the big picture of things it wasnt a major part of the construction., so I wouldnt let that be a deciding factor.

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Old 10-14-2009, 02:33 PM
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I took the protective blue plastic off of the tail kit I purchased from another builder with no problems or residue. It had been in a self storage yard in the high desert for many years. I'm sure it got very hot there. I used a section of PVC pipe to roll it up and off the aluminum.
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Old 10-14-2009, 08:53 PM
zemon zemon is offline
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Default Great Relief

Thanks everybody. I am greatly relieved.

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Old 02-03-2016, 07:33 PM
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I just bought an entire rv6 kit for $2500 still in the box from 1996. Some of the plastic peels right off, but some of it is stuck like chuck. Does anyone have any ideas to get this off? its the old clear plastic and im down to heat gun, wire brush and razor blade. I've tried MEK, alcohol and ammonia! nothing still stuck on there

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Old 01-12-2017, 02:36 AM
ninelima ninelima is offline
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Default UV can remove the white protective plastic

The white plastic, once it becomes brittle is almost impossible to get off.
I found out by accident, that the UV (ultra violet) is the ONE thing that gets it off easily.
Simply leave the sheet in the direct sun for a few months and the plastic simply flakes off.
I'm guessing a UV-lamp might also work.

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Old 01-12-2017, 04:25 PM
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My empennage is serial# 80566, from 1998. I pulled it out of the box in Nov 2014. The plastic came off just fine. It took a little work. But, nothing I'd consider too difficult.

A little acetone and a soft cloth took all residual adhesive off, no sweat!
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Old 01-12-2017, 08:22 PM
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I ruined (put a crease in it) an elevator skin of my RV-8. I think I could have made a part that would have been safe to fly BUT I did not like the way it looked so had to buy a new skin. S/N: 80012 has been sitting a long time. Had I just been slow and not in a hurry to take the plastic off, the skin would have been fine.
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