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    Obviously my experience is extremely limited but on my FX3 I'm planning on uncovered. I like the look but when I did my training in a sport cub that had uncovered gear it was easier to stand next to the cockpit to look in, load whatever, etc. It just seems like covered gear may inhibit access slightly. I'm listening here as well as I have time before this decision has to be final for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hawgdrvr View Post
    Obviously my experience is extremely limited but on my FX3 I'm planning on uncovered. I like the look but when I did my training in a sport cub that had uncovered gear it was easier to stand next to the cockpit to look in, load whatever, etc. It just seems like covered gear may inhibit access slightly. I'm listening here as well as I have time before this decision has to be final for me.
    itís certainly an individual choice. Covered gear is faster through the air but more susceptible to damage. Rocks, debris and of course those who step on it. Iíve even dropped a tool on one of the covered legs and cracked my beautiful urethane paint. With uncovered gear, you may prefer stainless and or braided brake lines also. Itís your call. Mine are uncovered, white urethane paint and 3m clear tape on the leading edge to prevent rock chips. Run what ya brung! Have fun and fly on.... Yankee1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Keneston View Post
    ...white urethane paint and 3m clear tape on the leading edge to prevent rock chips...
    Great suggestion! Thanks
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    I like bare. Changing to skis would be more of a bear with the legs covered for one reason. And more so with the straight skis because I pull the brakes.

    Also it is easier to inspect the gear, step up to fuel with jugs or bags, clean the windscreen.

    That said, a friend who flies like I do just had his PA18 recovered and he covered the legs.
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    Jim I covered all the ones I built just a personal choice
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    As I mentioned I am ready for paint. I'm starting with tail feathers and have found a couple places where taped edges are turned up a bit more than is acceptable. Truthfully as I did more fabric work my skills improved and work got cleaner / better. Now I'm starting with the first covered tail feathers and I see places that could be better. Might be too late?

    Someone mentioned as a last chance using a teflon material and the hobby iron to get poly spray tape edges smoothed a little bit. Could someone tell me what teflon material might be used? Where to get it and how it is used? Does the method work to touch up a few rough edges on tapes here and there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmorrical View Post
    As I mentioned I am ready for paint. I'm starting with tail feathers and have found a couple places where taped edges are turned up a bit more than is acceptable. Truthfully as I did more fabric work my skills improved and work got cleaner / better. Now I'm starting with the first covered tail feathers and I see places that could be better. Might be too late?

    Someone mentioned as a last chance using a teflon material and the hobby iron to get poly spray tape edges smoothed a little bit. Could someone tell me what teflon material might be used? Where to get it and how it is used? Does the method work to touch up a few rough edges on tapes here and there.

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    i will suggest you get a 1st square piece of wax paper from your kitchen pantry and use this between your fabric and your iron at the lower 250 setting. You will slide the wax paper while moving the iron down the edge of a tape that may be lifted. I make it a practice to do all tapes or at minimum feel them to be sure none are lifted. Tapes, trim rings all of it. Itís worth the effort. Call anytime 518-410-9404. Yankee 1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Keneston View Post
    hi again
    i will suggest you get a 1st square piece of wax paper from your kitchen pantry and use this between your fabric and your iron at the lower 250 setting. You will slide the wax paper while moving the iron down the edge of a tape that may be lifted. I make it a practice to do all tapes or at minimum feel them to be sure none are lifted. Tapes, trim rings all of it. Itís worth the effort. Call anytime 518-410-9404. Yankee 1

    I believe you meant Parchment paper.

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    Hi Jim,

    I know you are a member of our Carbon Cub EX Builders group on facebook. I have several hours of videos on covering and show using a piece of teflon to iron poly spray tape edges, etc. I would recommend watching these.

    You can get teflon sheets for ďalmost freeĒ on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Teflon-Sheet-...=teflon&sr=8-5

    I usually really go over everything very good before putting on the poly spray. You can use a cooler iron to go over all the taped edges after your last coat of poly brush. Usually there is very little lifting of the edges after that with the poly spray but sometimes it does happen if there isnít much brush on the edges.

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    As I mentioned I am ready for paint. I'm starting with tail feathers and have found a couple places where taped edges are turned up a bit more than is acceptable. Truthfully as I did more fabric work my skills improved and work got cleaner / better. Now I'm starting with the first covered tail feathers and I see places that could be better. Might be too late?

    Someone mentioned as a last chance using a teflon material and the hobby iron to get poly spray tape edges smoothed a little bit. Could someone tell me what teflon material might be used? Where to get it and how it is used? Does the method work to touch up a few rough edges on tapes here and there.

    Jim Morrical
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    Jim Morrical[/QUOTE] if you will call me at 256-310-3806 I will explain how t do that
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