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Old 03-20-2012, 08:30 PM
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new canopy on order, sorry guys, i am a perfectionist.

Keep the suggestions coming, I am going to turn this canopy into my plan B alternative
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:04 PM
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does anyone have any documentation that activator is just alcohol? it smells like it but this is surely due to that, if it was primer, it would be black, instead it's a white goopy substance that peels
Look on Sika's site for the MSDS. It's listed there. They specify it as isopropanol, aka isopropyl alcohol. With some sort of titanium compound additive.

Found it. Here you go.
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Old 03-20-2012, 11:09 PM
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new canopy on order, sorry guys, i am a perfectionist.

Keep the suggestions coming, I am going to turn this canopy into my plan B alternative
No apologies needed, other than to your bank account.

I suggest tearing all the protective plastic off the next one, then applying your own. A heavy grade painters clear plastic drop cloth from your favorite hardware store with lots of masking tape works well. Point being to eliminate the voids and gaps in the stuff applied by the canopy manufacturer. Been there, done that.
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:32 PM
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new canopy measured, trimmed, and finally cut to separate front windscreen from actual canopy part

I have been taping and masking off the glue line all day, I am going to take a rest and recoup a bit and then try to get some cosmetic things addressed, I may lay glue as soon as tomorrow or the next day....again, emphasis on patience here





here's how i am avoiding this on the second attempt:

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Old 05-01-2012, 05:41 PM
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okay, progress, first layer of glue is drying, i'll give it 48 or 72hrs before i come back for a cosmetic coat

the weights are to keep the rear portion of the canopy lying flat with the curvature of the frame, all of this is basically holding it in place while the adhesive cures








Ruined canopy is in the background of this shot
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:37 PM
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spacers removed and joints filled/filleted/smoothed





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Old 05-02-2012, 07:28 PM
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Coming along very nice, almost time for the skirts.
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Old 05-03-2012, 08:56 AM
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Let me just say, 3M 471 Tape is awesome

removed the cosmetic tape lines, looks great so far, couldn't be happier- last pic is of it covered to prevent dust and what not from getting on the primer while it dries up in case i do have to add more






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Old 06-22-2012, 11:12 AM
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skirts are going on now:



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