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    Senior Member Paul's Avatar
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    Default Racking Ailerons and Flaps

    For painting all sides of my ailerons and flaps I assembled a very simple rack.
    - Vertical 2 x 4's with holes drilled every 6".
    - Cut the 2 x 4's to friction fit between floor and ceiling in my garage/paint booth.
    - Then spaced the vertical stands to suit the length of the flaps and ailerons.
    - positioned the surfaces level between the stands and inserted 6" spikes through stands into the ends of the surfaces.

    This allowed me to paint both sides at once. I could also swivel the surfaces on the nails and prop them up to get at the ends.


    Ailerons and Flaps.jpg

    And the same racking worked for my struts

    Struts.jpg
    Last edited by Paul; 04-17-2014 at 03:01 PM.

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    Default Re: Racking Ailerons and Flaps

    I have been looking for instructions in the manual to seal the open ends of these surfaces.
    It looks like you covered the aileron/flap ends- with fabric, is that correct?

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    Default Re: Racking Ailerons and Flaps

    You seal the ends with metal tape normally used by air conditioning people, etc. You can find it at Lowes/Home Depot etc. usually in the section where the a/c components (ducting, etc) are located. Itís usually wide like duct tape but is all metal. You just cut it to fit into the ends of the flaps and ailerons.

    Quote Originally Posted by karaka29211 View Post
    I have been looking for instructions in the manual to seal the open ends of these surfaces.
    It looks like you covered the aileron/flap ends- with fabric, is that correct?
    Dave Embry
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    ..but if you do it right.....
    ....once is enough."..

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    Default Re: Racking Ailerons and Flaps

    Here it is:

    https://www.amazon.com/Trimbrite-T18.../dp/B00029XC04

    metal mend tape. Takes paint well.

    David

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