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Canopy Refurbishment/Repair

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

  1. 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.
  2. Can you lightly flex the canopy to crack the epoxy and then pick at it lightly with an xacto?
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  3. Jetpainter

    Jetpainter 640cc Uber Pimp

    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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  4. 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!
  5. dhal22

    dhal22 GSN Sponsor Tier 1

    But the Hysol is only hypothetical so the theories remain that, theories.
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  6. 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.
  7. dhal22

    dhal22 GSN Sponsor Tier 1

    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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  8. Pistolera

    Pistolera HEY!..GET OUTTA MY TREE!

    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:
  9. 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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  10. Jetpainter

    Jetpainter 640cc Uber Pimp

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