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09-23-2013 01:29 AM  5 years agoPost 1
Bouchah

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The first helicopter I bought years ago, a Shuttle ZXX, had a piece of white shrink tube that covered the boom. I am trying to get my Shuttle back to the original look but have not been able to find a large enough piece of white shrink tube. I know I could paint it but that is not how I want to go about it. A coworker has had a bunch of MonoKote in his posession for some time and let me use what I need of a roll of white. I have tried a few times to wrap the boom and heat it up to get it to stick but it is just not sticking to the aluminum boom. It is the type that you have to peel the clear film off the back side. Is it possible the Monokote is too old or will it not stick to an aluminum surface? When I peel the clear part off, the actual Monokote is not sticky at all, is it supposed to be?

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09-23-2013 03:57 AM  5 years agoPost 2
eyefly3d

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The clear film is removed from the back side of the film wrap it around the boom and use heat to activate the adhesive. Usually you use an iron for planks but a heat gun will work also. Be careful to not apply too much heat or it will burn thru. I've never tried it on aluminum but if you overlap it it should stickto itself. Hope that helps.

Chris

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09-23-2013 04:13 AM  5 years agoPost 3
Bouchah

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I tried to wrap it around the boom and heat it, it barely wants to stick to itself. When I did get it to stick it was baggy in spots and would not shrink enough to make it look good. I tried to heat the first edge to the boom then wrap it around and heat it to itself, that didnt work out so well either. It was very hard to get it to stick to the boom without having to apply to much heat that it started to distort the coating. Maybe the film is bad or I need an iron or more experience with this stuff.

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09-23-2013 04:31 AM  5 years agoPost 4
eyefly3d

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It sounds like it won't stick to the aluminum. They sell monokote in smaller trim sheets that has a self stick adhesive on the back that may work better in this situation. Just make sure the boom is very clean, free of any oil or fuel residue if the Heli is a Nitro. It's been a while since I've covered a plane so I'm sorry I can't be more helpful. I would suggest painting of you can't get the self stick stuff to work. In my experience I've never had any film that seemed to go bad, I would guess it just doesn't stick to the aluminum well.

Chris

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10-13-2013 02:05 AM  5 years agoPost 5
HeliAdict

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10-13-2013 04:11 PM  5 years agoPost 6
Bouchah

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Thank you for the link

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11-30-2013 04:22 PM  4 years agoPost 7
fla heli boy

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It sounds like it won't stick to the aluminum. They sell monokote in smaller trim sheets that has a self stick adhesive on the back that may work better in this situation.
Before the carbon booms came out, I always wrapped my booms. You have to use Trim Kote, which is sold in single sheets. Made by Monokote. Most LHS's have it in several colors. I also used to stripe my blades with it. Works VERY well.

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03-14-2014 09:19 PM  4 years agoPost 8
TruckRacer

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Vinyl from a sign shop would work well for this purpose as would shrink sleeve intended to cover batteries. The shrink sleeve is available from any good battery store or from companies such as Radical RC online.

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04-26-2014 02:07 PM  4 years agoPost 9
jharkin

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You might not be using enough heat.. monokote is a high heat film. It takes about 275F for the adhesive to start to work and the shrinking range is 300F-350F. When Im working with it on planes to shrink large areas Ill take a hobby heat gun to it until it gets so hot the color changes.

Its almost impossible to burn through monokote unless you are using a hardware store heat gun that goes over 500F.

Monokote is a lot different to work with than low temperature films like H9 Ultracote and Oracover - those will stick at under 200F and can burn holes from too much heat.

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04-28-2014 12:38 PM  4 years agoPost 10
Bouchah

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I'm using a heat gun from harbor freight, not sure how hot it gets, but it does burn through the film.

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04-28-2014 01:59 PM  4 years agoPost 11
rcflyerheli

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A technique that I have used for years to activate the adhesive without having to heat it is to use plain blue original windex. Liberally spray the adhesive side of the monokote, let it sit for a couple minutes and then apply it to the boom. You can slide it around as necessary to get it straight, and then take a squegee and just get all the air bubbles and excess windex out.

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