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Adding trim with Windex

PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2017 11:06 pm

I was at the hobby shop today and overheard one CJ telling another about his method of adding trim. He was saying that the ammonia in Windex is what activates the glue on Monokote. He says this works with all covering if you increase the ammonia in the glass cleaner. Here's the part that caught my ear, he says if you want it to stick faster just add some acetone. I asked him about amounts of ammonia or acetone added. Awe hell you just have to add what works best for you. I don't know if he thought I was mocking him and blew me off or he was just talking out his ass the whole time. :?
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Re: Adding trim with Windex

PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 12:37 am

I haven't tried it on other covering, just know that Windex works on Monokote. I think I have a bottle of ammonia in the shop, worth a shot with some scrap Ultracote. I could see acetone working as well, it's what I use to clean the adheasive off the covering, but I use it sparingly, it messes with the polymers in the Mylar as well and the covering becomes brittle sooner.
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Re: Adding trim with Windex

PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:22 am

I might try the ammonia. Not so convinced on the acetone. Cleaned some sharpie marks with acetone and it dulled the shine.
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Re: Adding trim with Windex

PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:45 am

ChuckD wrote:I might try the ammonia. Not so convinced on the acetone. Cleaned some sharpie marks with acetone and it dulled the shine.


If you have a dull area, use a microfiber towel and the Monokote polish. I find Plexis and the spray cleaner polish from Yamaha work well also.
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Re: Adding trim with Windex

PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:55 am

I found that afterwards going along the edges with Monokote Trim Solvent helps seal things better. However you also can achieve similar results with an iron on low heat.
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Re: Adding trim with Windex

PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:00 pm

Back when I used to keep my planes clean, I remember using lemon pledge to get the shine back from a dull finish.
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Re: Adding trim with Windex

PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:21 pm

:dk:This is me when the wife can't find her Pledge
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Re: Adding trim with Windex

PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 5:55 pm

A couple of things I have found........

Windex works with Monocote and most transparents.

Windex mixed with acetone does not work with Value Hobby cote.

Never tried adding ammonia to the mix.

Most low temp films can be applied with the iron set just hot enough to activate the adhesive and ironed down. Seal the edges with acetone on a paper towel.

Trim solvent seems to be too aggressive for anything more than a pin stripe or sealing the edge.

Personally I like using Monocote for trim.

Couple examples of mono applied with windex........
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Re: Adding trim with Windex

PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:28 pm

PAR wrote:A couple of things I have found........

Windex works with Monocote and most transparents.

Windex mixed with acetone does not work with Value Hobby cote.

Never tried adding ammonia to the mix.

Most low temp films can be applied with the iron set just hot enough to activate the adhesive and ironed down. Seal the edges with acetone on a paper towel.

Trim solvent seems to be too aggressive for anything more than a pin stripe or sealing the edge.

Personally I like using Monocote for trim.

Couple examples of mono applied with windex........



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Re: Adding trim with Windex

PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:41 pm

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Re: Adding trim with Windex

PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:12 pm

All Monokote, all trim applied with Cinch and then the edges sealed with iron the next day.
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Re: Adding trim with Windex

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Re: Adding trim with Windex

PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:24 pm

ChuckD wrote:I might try the ammonia. Not so convinced on the acetone. Cleaned some sharpie marks with acetone and it dulled the shine.

When I clean my glow planes (not often) I use acetone to clean the whole plane with and have never experienced a dulling on ultracoat.
I also use acetone on my stainless steel revolvers to get the tough black off.
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Re: Adding trim with Windex

PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 1:51 pm

acetone is an aggressive solvent(we used it in the lab to clean glassware) and will melt most plastic if on too long. Alcohol(91%iso or str8 Ethanol) works great for cleanup and to remove sharpie marks...
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Re: Adding trim with Windex

PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:13 pm

After a lot of flying I've even used glo-fuel to remove the excess goop and then window cleaner or Pledge
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