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Canopy Help

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  • Member since
    November 2005
Canopy Help
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, May 10, 2003 5:28 PM
Can anyone recommend a good technique for masking canopies on aircraft? This is my weakest area. Been thinking about buying the precut masks, are these any good?
  • Member since
    January 2003
  • From: Washington State
Posted by leemitcheltree on Saturday, May 10, 2003 5:49 PM
I've never tried the pre-cut masks, but I usually get fantastic results using Bare Metal Foil to mask the clear areas.
First, I dip the canopies in future and let them dry for AT LEAST 48 hours.
Then I cover the canopy with the foil, using a toothpick to make sure the foil gets into the recesses and corners, use a new no.11 blade to trim the frame, then peel off the foil from the frames. Make sure you use the toothpick to re-burnish the foil on the cut edges to prevent the paint from seeping under.
Then paint the canopy the INSIDE frame color, THEN the outside frame color - that way you can see the inside color if you look through the canopy. When the paint is dry, LIGHTLY score the edges where the foil touches the frame, and then ease the foil off with a toothpick. There's usually not much adhesive left behind, but if there is I use a q-tip to rub it off.
Works for me - hope it does for you, too.
Lee Tree

Cheers, LeeTree
Remember, Safety Fast!!!

  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, May 10, 2003 6:08 PM
I'd suggest that you do a search for the word "canopy" within this forum. I'm sure you'll come up with many relevant threads on the subject.

Happy hunting....Wink [;)]
  • Member since
    November 2005
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, May 10, 2003 10:10 PM
I've had very good luck using Ambroid EZ Mask. It's water soluble, dries fast, and is very easy to remove, at least if the canopy is smooth. You can even spray or airbrush over it with no problems.


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