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REFLECTOR: Re: Coating the strake


Haven't seen another response on this, so I will.  My approach was to use 3
coats as follows:

Sand the surface.  Apply first coat of epoxy thickened with some cabosil,
and apply with flexible spreader (such as you get at the auto parts store
for applying Bondo, plastic, about 4-5" wide).  Use at a shallow angle to
force the epoxy into the porosity. Maybe smooth out the coat with a brush.
Let this set up 4 or 5 hours to about the tack-free stage, and brush on the
second coat of pure epoxy.  Let this cure.

Sand the surface lightly everywhere, and more thoroughly in the areas where
you will be installing the baffles and bulkheads.  Apply the third coat
inside the fuel area (lower strake) shortly before you install baffles; and
on the top strake about 2 hours before you put the top on (allows the epoxy
time to set up a bit so it doesn't thin out your the microglass you put on
top the baffles and bulkheads.

My approach to flangeing the inaccessible bulkheads for sure-fire sealing to
the top strake can be seen at http://home.utm.net/alventur/airplane.  Click
on 'Strake Closure'.

Al Gietzen  RGE  755V

-----Original Message-----
From: Rene' Dugas <rdugas@bayou.com>
To: reflector@awpi.com <reflector@awpi.com>
Date: Wednesday, April 14, 1999 1:28 PM
Subject: REFLECTOR: Fuel Gages

>Dear Friends,
>Has anyone installed the Fuel guages that accompany the Vision Micro
>Systems engine monitor System  the VM1000?  I am trying to decide whre
>in the medial strake wall to mount the slanted probe.  The site gages
>are mounted per plans.
>Also how many coats of resin are people using inside the strakes?