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Old 03-14-2012, 10:11 AM
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Default Finishing the canopy

Well, its too quiet around here so I'll chime in with something I have yet to do and I've been wondering how to do it:

What is the best method to achieve a nice, clean (perfect line) where the micro meets the plexiglass canopy?

Obviously you have to tape off a line & smear on the micro up to that tape. Then I'm ASSuming that you'd peel off the tape before the micro is totally cured? After that you'd need to sand & contour said micro w/o dorking up the plexi...so you have to tape off the plexi again, no?

Then what? Anybody got any good advice?
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:52 AM
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I made a small sanding tool with 150 grit sandpaper on one surface, and felt on the surface at right angles. The felt slides along the plexi while the sandpaper sands the micro. Would be easier with a picture. Maybe there's one on my web site somewhere.
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:58 AM
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G'day

I have my canopy sitting at my house now. I was going to finish the inside and take it back to the hanger after I finished...

Thanks for the posts! Pictures would also be GREAT!!

I am taking the 4130 for the engine mounts to the machine shop this week!

Thanks again

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Old 03-14-2012, 11:49 AM
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I made a small sanding tool with 150 grit sandpaper on one surface, and felt on the surface at right angles. The felt slides along the plexi while the sandpaper sands the micro. Would be easier with a picture. Maybe there's one on my web site somewhere.
Hey! good idea. No picture necessary, I got it. Thanks.
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Old 03-14-2012, 12:39 PM
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The most perfect finish is like in the car back windows with black fine line tape on the inside. it may work on the outside too, but I never bothered.
Just keep people at 10 yards minimum distance, and no one will notice
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:09 PM
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Just keep people at 10 yards minimum distance, and no one will notice
Come on Buly - you know better than that. I've seen some that were finished off really well - (maybe yours too but I wasn't really looking at that at the time). There has got to be a way to get a nice clean line with no scratches on the plexiglass.
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Old 03-14-2012, 01:37 PM
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finger smire a small amount on the edge of the tape so that when it dries you can pull it up. or sand over the tape just a little then remove, then i put on more tape with a 1/16th gap and reaply the mico then the same with primer and paint(base/clear) just remember to sand the 1/16th gap each time.
on the inside where i was putting on trunk shackle i smired on micro over the glass ,up to the tape, then when still wet i sprayed on the shackle and removed the tape while every thing was still wet. worked very good !
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