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Old 04-28-2017, 07:00 PM
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The stabilator on the 12 is 8'-0" wide. I need to know the cord dimension and won't be able to go to the hanger for several days. Anybody know the cord dimension for the stabilator?
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Old 04-29-2017, 05:32 AM
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Default Stabilator Cord is 31"

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The Stabilator Cord is 31"



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The stabilator on the 12 is 8'-0" wide. I need to know the cord dimension and won't be able to go to the hanger for several days. Anybody know the cord dimension for the stabilator?
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Old 04-29-2017, 06:59 AM
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Thanks Joe.

My stabilator is bare aluminum and I'm getting tired of polishing it. I'm thinking of wrapping it in vinyl.

See... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js9w9gqnMzo&t=61s
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Old 04-29-2017, 07:13 AM
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Default wrapping it in vinyl

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The distance over the top is 31.75 Cord to Cord

I will also will wrap my Twelve.

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Thanks Joe.

My stabilator is bare aluminum and I'm getting tired of polishing it. I'm thinking of wrapping it in vinyl.

See... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js9w9gqnMzo&t=61s
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Old 04-29-2017, 07:43 AM
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I've never worked with vinyl wrap before - it looks intriguing. I'd be tempted to do an entire airplane if starting with an unpainted structure. Looks like artistic creativity would be limitless and cost very reasonable...
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Old 04-29-2017, 08:10 AM
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I'll be stripping parts of mine and wrapping. The stabilator is probably the best paint on the plane, so that's not where I'll be starting. I talked to a guy last week who had wrapped his RV-12, but didn't catch his name -- I'm trying to find him again. We work for the same company, but a lot of people do.
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Old 04-29-2017, 08:50 AM
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I suspect you could do a wrap-as-you-go program. Maybe wrap one wing and fly a little bit and then wrap 2nd wing the following week, etc. until finally completed. Wouldn't lay the machine up for extended period of time and "RV smile" would remain in place.
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Old 04-29-2017, 09:49 AM
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Actually, the wings and tail are not all that bad. It's the fuselage that has real problems. The paint job was pretty poor, and there appears to have been little to no metal prep done. I'm not seeing evidence of primer or even scuffing/sanding, at least on the bottom of the fuse.

I haven't really decided for sure how to approach the job. My citrus based stripper seemed to work great on painted metal, based on my testing on the inspection panels. If that holds true for large areas, I'll strip and wrap the fuse and probably leave the wings and tail for later. Unfortunately, it seems that paint stripper, paint, fiberglass and vinyl all seem to work best during ideal flying weather! Sure would be nice to have a heated hangar during the dead of winter, or one that doesn't flood every time it rains.

The 3M vinyl bright yellow is a pretty close match for the paint, so I can wrap it in stages without it looking odd.
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Old 04-29-2017, 02:57 PM
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Old 05-03-2017, 06:16 AM
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Thanks Joe.

My stabilator is bare aluminum and I'm getting tired of polishing it. I'm thinking of wrapping it in vinyl.

See... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=js9w9gqnMzo&t=61s
If it's a vinyl wrap, contact Gatorwraps, they wrap all kinds of crazy things and lettering decals. You might also want to check Gatorprints.
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