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Sean T. 09-18-2008 10:54 PM

Hmmm... sealing panel gaps... materials?
 
So... I know the traditional material for random aero testing is usually painters tape, and I love the color against the color of my paint, but it simply isn't practical... It gets wet and then is tremendously difficult to remove...

What about electrical tape? would the thickness of electrical tape defeat the purpose of sealing the gaps? and does anybody know how long electrical tape will last on a car?

or if anybody else has a good idea? I really don't want to spend much and I don't want it to be messy, so no silicone or other goop.

Red 09-19-2008 01:48 AM

I had electrical tape sealing a hardtop gap for a year and it came off with no problems whatsoever.

FX Flyboy 09-19-2008 04:27 AM

All glider pilots would use some sort of electrical tape, or similar to fill the gap between wings and fuselage. All the ones I know that is ;)
I thought about it, but I think I'll sort out my undercarriage drag first.

Also, some gaps migh be better filled with building foam, sanded and filled with body filler, then painted. Door gaps for instance. I haven't done it, just an idea, so don't take my word for it. The door's edge might be covered with packing tape as protection and a release agent.

But the above is only an idea, haven't done it yet.

Is there any pics of your project aside the one you have in the signature?

Sean T. 09-19-2008 09:28 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FX Flyboy (Post 62047)
All glider pilots would use some sort of electrical tape, or similar to fill the gap between wings and fuselage. All the ones I know that is ;)
I thought about it, but I think I'll sort out my undercarriage drag first.

Also, some gaps migh be better filled with building foam, sanded and filled with body filler, then painted. Door gaps for instance. I haven't done it, just an idea, so don't take my word for it. The door's edge might be covered with packing tape as protection and a release agent.

But the above is only an idea, haven't done it yet.

Is there any pics of your project aside the one you have in the signature?

uh... I don't think I'm going to take it that far... just tape-sealed gaps for me :D

and pics of my air dam are here: http://ecomodder.com/forum/showthrea...over-4971.html

FX Flyboy 09-19-2008 11:04 AM

Interesting , thanks


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