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Canopy Refurbishment/Repair

Discussion in 'Covering and Painting' started by Wacobipe, Sep 27, 2015.

   
  1. Wacobipe

    Wacobipe 100cc

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    Let's just say you had a canopy that had some light scratches and perhaps some Hysol on the surface...just a hypothetical, it didn't happen to me or anything :mad:

    Is it possible to sand those areas to remove the epoxy and scratches, and then buff those sandpaper scratches out or do you just have to throw the canopy out and buy a new one?

    Thoughts or techniques appreciated.

    @Bartman and @SleepyC ....this isn't really covering and painting....but didn't fit anywhere else either so feel free to move it if you think it belongs somewhere else.
     
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    Can you lightly flex the canopy to crack the epoxy and then pick at it lightly with an xacto?
     
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    You can polish them with rubbing compound, but if it's to bad you can clearcoat it. Terry has had some good info on tinting and clearing canopies in past threads.
     
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    I think that could work in general...but Hysol is quite flexible so it'll probably enjoy the message and stay put! But I will try it!
     
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    But the Hysol is only hypothetical so the theories remain that, theories.
     
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    I never used hysol. Only GG for me.

    Maybe mineral spirits. But check first to see if it doesnt fog the canopy or soften it.
     
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    Every glue has it's place. Polyurethane (GG) is king of the hill in foam wing core sheeting. Hysol is basically epoxy but with a non sag advantage as well as squeeze the trigger and it mixes in the tube. Also the long tube is accurate and great for reaching into tight spots.

    I keep several tubes of Hysol, several types types of epoxy, wood glue, JB weld, polyurethane glue, Sigment, all CA's, etc. I love glue.
     
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    Pistolera HEY!..GET OUTTA MY TREE!

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    Well I know this guy;) who got a drop of CA on his Krill canopy. Then tried some de-bonder on the spot which made it bigger!!! Hint....de-bonder eats plastic :confused:

    It took awhile but starting with very small pieces of 600 paper I progressed to 2000. By then the circle was about the size of a quarter.

    Shifted to auto polishing compound, then toothpaste and finally plastic polish. Happy to report that it looks good as new. Took a few hours though. Lesson learned :cheers:
     
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    Good report...not an easy operation...but good to know! Definitely cheaper than a new canopy and frame shipped from Germany. Did I mention there may be more than 1 or 2 spots...
     
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    Hypothetically;)
     
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