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Old 06-28-2010, 10:19 PM
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Default Press and stick ultracote

So, I was at the hobby store this weekend looking for some covering to repair my funworld. The wife was with and she said she wanted pink, and it just so happens that they had some ultra pink Ultracote on sale for $9.00

Well now I know why it was so cheap. It's Ultracote with press and stick glue. Instead of heat activated glue it's pressure sensitive so you peel it and stick it to the wing. That works fine, but compound corners are near impossible because the glue fails when heat is applied. I spent 2.5 hours yesterday trying to get one wingtip to cover right and the second wingtip just refused to stick.

Once it's on it shrunk well and is holding, but from now on I'll stick to standard ultracote.
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Old 06-28-2010, 10:23 PM
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maybe it was just meant for trim pieces...
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Old 06-28-2010, 10:46 PM
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Nope, advertised at easier to use and the instructions show covering a full wing. I'm not surprised that it appears to be discontinued.
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Old 06-29-2010, 02:47 AM
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Hi C.C.,
I made the same mistake, bought the dark metallic gray, sort of a gunmetal color.
And it was in a roll, not a flat sheet like most press-on trims. Thought it was OK for covering. Wouldn't stick, couldn't shrink it, can't make it go around curves. No wonder they discontinued it!
I still use it a bit for pinstripes and letters, but the roll may last longer than I do.
Funny thing is, regular and transparent UltraCote is about my favorite medium-weight iron-on. I find it the easiest to work with and it sticks and lasts nearly forever.
I'm reminded of the old expression; "If it ain't broke..."
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Old 06-29-2010, 03:10 PM
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Ugh, another 1.5 hours last night doing 1 wing tip. finally got something of a reasonable curve on it, then hid the crappy parts using standard white ultracote.

Stay the Freak away from this stuff. (except it would work really nice for trim pieces).

Yeah, normal ultracote is my favorite for balsa. For foam covering I really like EconoKote as it's cheap, soft and shrinks at a low temp.
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Old 06-29-2010, 03:20 PM
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wha...no pics?
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Old 06-29-2010, 04:08 PM
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I'll post pics when it's done.
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after the bondo dries?
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You know me to well apparently.

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after the bondo dries?
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Old 06-29-2010, 11:38 PM
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The Monocote that you buy today is actually "Super" Monocote.
The original Monocote sounds exactly like what you are describing.

Sticky backed and a pain to work with.

By the way, after it was on for a while we gave it a new name.
Creepy Crawler, guess why.

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Old 06-30-2010, 02:33 AM
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Thats about my results with any iron down covering! It all sucks. I guess it takes a special fool to foul up something thats completly fool proof.


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How about Towerkote ? $7/roll. I have a box of it to try but never got around to it. I think it's closer to 0.6 oz that must be a typo. It comes in rolls and lables identical to Econcote.

Maybe that's my new nickname, Econocoot.



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Hello Rattlecat,
Yes, I believe Towerkote is re-packaged EconoKote. Same weight, packaging, covering temperature ("Foam Safe") and mostly, same colors.
Here's a post from the "Covering Weights" link;
http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/show...7&postcount=16
The whole thread;
http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10443
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Old 07-13-2010, 04:04 AM
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finished product:
http://www.wattflyer.com/forums/show...338#post734338
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Old 07-13-2010, 04:50 AM
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Originally Posted by pd1 View Post
The Monocote that you buy today is actually "Super" Monocote.
The original Monocote sounds exactly like what you are describing.

Sticky backed and a pain to work with.

By the way, after it was on for a while we gave it a new name.
Creepy Crawler, guess why.

Paul
Humm! I remember it as 'Saggie Baggie'. I only remember that stuff being on the market for only a short time, maybe 3 years. Then we got Super Monocote and it was a ton better.

The old Monocote reminds me of basic 'Cast Vinyl' the stuff you make signs from.
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nice finished product!
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Originally Posted by constantCrash View Post
Nice job.

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