MonoKote Trimming: Video Series

Jun 15, 2011 5 Comments by

Here is a three part series on adding MonoKote Trimming.  This is how you can add a trim bar to the underside of just about any wing. The plane I am using here is the Viper 500 From Great Planes. This technique can be used on any type of film covered plane and having easy to see graphics in your plane will make it easier for you to see and keep flight orientation.

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5 Responses to “MonoKote Trimming: Video Series”

  1. TJ Rohyans says:

    It should be noted for beginner’s that this technique of using the woodburning tool is only going to work on a fully sheeted wing or fuselage. There are other techniques available for open structure.

  2. John Reid says:

    That is a good point TJ Rohyans, the main reason for using that over the wood surface is so you don’t damage the wood underneath. On open areas I would just use a hobby knife. Is there a different method you would use TJ?

  3. TJ Rohyans says:

    Over an open structure, I wouldn’t cut the covering away at all. I use a piece of glass to cut the Monokote to whatever trim design I want, then using Windex*, spray some onto the area where you want your trim/accent piece, lay the piece on, position it, squeegy (sp) out the excess and let dry overnight. It will be bonded to the underlying Monokote! Trim Solvent can be used around the edges for added insurance if you like.

  4. R. Garton says:

    I basically fell asleep looking at these videos. Could have been done in one. Using a soldering iron is ridiculous. Anyone with a exacto with light pressure can cut the monokote and not cut into the sheeting enough to sacrifice integrety of sheeting.

  5. John Reid says:

    I don’t know that using a soldering iron is ridiculous, I have been using this method for years and found it to work quite well. This is just my way of putting on the MonoKote. True, you can use a hobby knife with light pressure as long you have a new blade in the knife. What happens for some is they use a dull blade that does not leave a clean cut and they have to go over it again, and again, cutting into the wood. Use a sharp blade and hold the blade at an angle so that the cut will go through the MonoKote only with little damage to the wood. Even with a sharp blade, you still have to use some pressure on the blade that will cut into the wood, granted, it may be very slight, but still a cut. With a soldering iron there is very little pressure needed because the MonoKote is melted away, making for a very shallow cut into the wood, if any at all. An additional benefit is that the MonoKote edge is also sealed down at the same time the cut is made, not so with just using a blade. Bottom line is both methods work very and both will result in a nice finished if done right.

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