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Old 06-21-2014, 01:40 PM   #1
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Default Absolutely hate this mircolite flim

Trying to get the backing off is driving me crazy!! I'm using Coverite Microlite. No problem with tacking and tightening it however.

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Try the old trick .... get some sellotape - some of you call it Scotch Tape ...

Put one small piece on one side ... another small piece on other side ... both at the corner of a piece of film with enough proud to hold onto ..... now pull the two bits of tape apart ... Viola !

If you have masking tape - the paper stuff that you use when painting - that is easier to use.

Another way is the 'finger-nail trick' ...........

Get a clean unruffled / uncreased corner. Now fold over a small corner about 1/2" .. with your thumb nail ... drag hard from the fold back into the main part of the film on the backing side ... with practice - the folded backing will lift at the corner enough to allow you to grab and pull away.

Best is the tape though - works every time.

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I'm using the scotch tape trick and it's 50/50 if it works or not.

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Okay pulling the tape very slowly works better.

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I covered the small part of my rudder no problem, but when I tacked both sides of the main rudder the covering stuck together in two spots and did not release when i heated it up to shrink. Is it better to tack and seal one side at a time?

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I covered the small part of my rudder no problem, but when I tacked both sides of the main rudder the covering stuck together in two spots and did not release when i heated it up to shrink. Is it better to tack and seal one side at a time?
YES ! Well at least have it tacked down all around on one side before doing other.

When I do elevators / rudders etc. - I do it with one piece to cover both sides. I lay item down on bench ... lay film over and iron down the leading edge, then the side uppermost ... making sure that other half of film is laid out clear ... I carefully trim the first LE film so it just curls round enough to give a strip for the other side film to adhere to.
Roll the item over so film folds round the item ... then iron second side down.
Pulling the last edge round to adhere to first. Trim that leading edge for joint and also round the ends so I can then carefully tack round the item before shrinking.
Sometimes I tack down round the ends as well before turning over ... I carefully cut the film at the ends so the ends do not rumple up when turned.

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