Min Temp for Stewart's Fabric Work?

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    Z32MadMan

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    I'm looking at recovering the Pitts this winter/spring with the Stewart's system. Are there any issues with doing the fabric work in a shop that is 20-40F? Primarily concerned with EkoBond working well in those temperatures.

    The idea is to have all of the fabric work done and prepped for spraying paint when the temperature comes back up to a warm and dry 70F.
     
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    Give Stewart's a call. They should be able to answer your question.
     
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    Waterborne paint materials can not be allowed to freeze, in storage or anywhere else. Bringing back up to temperature will not rectify the damage done.
     
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    sounds miserable. the water born glue needs to dry with warm temps and airflow (fan) moving air through work space. This glue has NO wet adhesion, it is contact cement. so the process of working in a cold space will make for very slow work
     
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    Yep, needs to be at least in the mid 60s. That glue can't freeze....
     
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    chris,

    have any time using Stewart System? i'm about ready to buy the stuff to use it on my Citabria wings. any opinion on it?

    thanks!
    bart
     
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    Bart, ive only experimented with the entire stewart system on a few test panels. their glue rocks and is all I use unless its a certified job. then I use stitts. however I just order the glue from amazon, 3M 30NF. I really don't like stewarts primer and I cant spray their paint. it requires a different technique and years of spraying muscle memory takes over and I try and lay it on like "normal" paint. end up running it all over. with that said, others have had very nice success using the entire stewart system, Curtis' pitts and Cameron's eagle for example.
     
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    Thanks for the reply Chris, I'm going to give it a try. :)
     
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    It works pretty good. Follow the directions.

    I'd use Stewart Systems again.
     
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    If u are not a pro at fabric and paint work,u would do best not to use Stewarts
    Iam a Superflite man myself,it's a great product.
    Danny 007
     
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    thanks. trying to find the right compressor now.
     
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    I can never understand the resistance to Stewarts. Even though it's unconventional, spraying the filler coat is a piece of cake. The top coat is pretty close to spraying any other two-pack paint, any increase in stress because it's a bit "runny" is offset by the stress reduction from it being less toxic.

    Being able to walk over to the sink if you get any on your hands and wash it off is just so good; I almost get it on my hands on purpose so I can do that. Same with gun clean up. If you buy the most expensive bottled water the supermarket has, it's still cheaper than any thinner.

    In other words go for it. Supercub.org probably has the most webpages of info about Stewarts (good and bad) than any website on the planet.

    Cheers,
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