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Old 11-12-2017, 11:01 AM
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Question Vinyl wrap questions

I am considering applying Vinyl Wrap to my 9A. I have a few questions

What is the recommended surface prep prior to applying a wrap? Or what did you do in the way of prep?
What is your experience with Vinyl (difficulty of application, long term performance)?
Are the any active installers in the Florida area that have a track record in wrapping aircraft?
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Old 11-12-2017, 11:24 AM
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Jessie just finished my panel upgrade at x35. I have a 64" Roland printer and laminator. If you need help with a wrap call me. I'm in Orlando
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Old 11-12-2017, 01:05 PM
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Mine has 4.5 years and 400 hours on the film, holding up well.
Supplies sourced from metrorestyling.com
My old thread gives some answers...
http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...ad.php?t=98932
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Old 11-15-2017, 07:39 PM
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My -7A is currently at Saint Aviation (X35) getting HXD upgrade and I have carbon fiber vinyl wrap on my panel and checkered wrap on the rudder and under the flaps. Looks amazing and holds up well. Only suggestion I could make is buy the good stuff such as 3M and avoid the Chinese stuff on eBay.

Stop by if you want to check it out.
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Old 11-15-2017, 10:07 PM
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Michael, where did you find the 3M carbon fiber wrap?
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Old 11-16-2017, 01:57 AM
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I bought 3M 1080 on eBay and wrapped the stabilator on my RV-12. Raised pull rivet heads are no problem - just make pinhole to release trapped air and squeeze vinyl around the rivets. Looks like gelcoat fiberglass. Very pleased with first time results using vinyl.
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Old 11-16-2017, 04:55 AM
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What is the recommended surface prep prior to applying a wrap? Or what did you do in the way of prep?
Leave the Aluminum as cleaned bare metal. Lean means no surface oil to impede the vinylís adhesives. Donít prime, itís just added weight. Fiberglass must be finished to smooth final surface finish, because vinyl highlights imperfections. However, there is no need to fill pinholes.

What is your experience with Vinyl (difficulty of application, long term performance)?
My experience installing was easy: I hired Scott Farnsworth at AircraftWraps.com of Palm Peach FL. The vinyl looks great and holds color well. Itís as susceptible to hangar rash as paint, but easily repairable. Bug cleaning is easy, and you never ever polish vinyl. Itís half the weight of paint.

Are the any active installers in the Florida area that have a track record in wrapping aircraft?
The very best is in Palm Beach (see previous paragraph).
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Old 11-16-2017, 05:12 AM
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How did you wrap around the hinge? I was curious how it would work around my trim tab on the elevator.
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Old 11-16-2017, 07:13 AM
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How did you wrap around the hinge? I was curious how it would work around my trim tab on the elevator.
Not sure whether you were asking me or someone else, but we wrapped the horizontal stabilizer skin to the aft skin edge, and wrapped the tab skin to the forward edge, leaving the hinge exposed.
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Old 11-16-2017, 08:33 AM
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How did you wrap around the hinge? I was curious how it would work around my trim tab on the elevator.
In the pics I included in above post... the hinge is unpainted. Vinyl is wrapped around and over the hinge and tucked against the hinge line. You could paint the hinge prior to vinyl application and then end the vinyl at the hinge edge. The way I did it is a lot of dicking around the rivet heads. Works fine - edges not lifting after 100 hrs flying.

I should mention my stab was bare aluminum and beginning to oxidize. I tried polishing but was disappointed with outcome. To prep the surface I used fine ScotchBrite mainly to knock off the bugs. Vinyl sticks to aluminum surface as long as its clean.

If/when I build another airplane I will most certainly vinyl wrap. Entire airplane can be built and 100% finished in my walk-out basement needing only assembly, inspection, and fly at the airport. No smell, fumes, or fuss.

I don't know if I agree on vinyl weight savings Vs. paint. I bet its close to even. Vinyl is not light...

See... http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...ad.php?t=98932 for a good write-up on vinyl application.
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