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  2. Indeed they are different - FD is using Rohacell foam ( Polymethacrylimide) vs Divinycell H60 ( PVC) for the Sting. FD manual actually does explicitly state to avoid certain cleaning products - these are very explicit warnings, and as you said, it is not worth saving a few bucks given how expensive can structural composite repairs be ...
  3. While the construction method is the same, it might use a different foam core material.
  4. Buckaroo

    Decals & Pin-striping

    This is a great lead! Can I get the new checker sport decals?
  5. WmInce

    Decals & Pin-striping

    Thanks Sid. Good nformation.
  6. solarguy54

    Decals & Pin-striping

    Frank Borrmann in Germany can print out the original decals for you. I wire him funds and it takes a few weeks for the decals to arrive. Contact him at info@franx.aero. Great guy. He's thee composite expert that helped FD with prototypes and he trained most of the service centers on FD composite repair. Sid Lloyd LSRM
  7. My Aircraft Maintenance Manual just mentions to use the following (without getting into any specifics about ph or similar matters ....): Lukewarm water, Cleansing agents used for cleaning and protecting automobiles Ps. And of course, it is just like FD planes, 85% carbon fiber with a sandwich of fb and foam core glued with epoxy + fiberglass in all other, non-structural parts...
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  9. Agreed, having seen deformed structure due to the foam dissolving it is not worth trying to save a few buck over.
  10. The problem is that most cheap "over the counter" solutions are not Ph-neutral. Higher or lower Ph can attack the foam cores under the carbon fiber if it gets in there, and cause delamination and sagging of structures. It has happened on several CTs.
  11. Here are some other options from the Light Sport forum... http://sportpilottalk.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=5183&p=53184#p53184
  12. I use no water, Meguiars wash and wax with a microfiber after every flight. Bugs slide right off. Available at Walmart. https://www.meguiars.com/automotive/products/meguiars-ultimate-waterless-wash-wax-g3626-26-oz-spray
  13. Roger Lee

    Brakes

    It may be the calipers and the "O" ring and or dirt on the caliper puck may need changing. Not hard to do. Have Matco send you a new "O" ring and then flush the brake lines.
  14. SportFlyer1

    Brakes

    Fly south young man, and let Roger do it! 😃
  15. OK, looks like everyone is using some pretty expensive solutions out there. Is there anything "over the counter" "Walmart style" that will do the job safely?
  16. Ed Cesnalis

    Decals & Pin-striping

    Airbox - rebuilt Sprag clutch and redo on oil line replacement due to rubber contaminated fuel system Prop replacement due to incorrect re-assembly of spinner by light sport mechanic
  17. I have been using PlanePerfect cleaning supplies. Their belly cleaner is absolutely amazing. Just spray on and wipe off like it’s dust. It used to be a chore. https://planeperfect.us/products/bbb
  18. In the hangar I keep a bucket of water with Composiclean bucket wash mixed in. For bugs I just dunk a cloth in the bucket and rub the bugs off, then dry with another cloth. Easy and works well. I change the bucket water about every 3 months or so.
  19. Buckaroo

    Decals & Pin-striping

    I’ve got 805 now. What items have you had to repair so far with the exception of normal maintenance things?
  20. Ed Cesnalis

    Decals & Pin-striping

    I'm just about to hit 1,000
  21. Buckaroo

    Decals & Pin-striping

    How many hours have you put on her Ed?
  22. Ed Cesnalis

    Decals & Pin-striping

    At the 12 year mark I'm totally Okay with the lived in look.
  23. Runtoeat

    Decals & Pin-striping

    Nice job. If I was in your area, this would be where I would go for decal work. I'll have to look into the type of wheel that can be used to remove the decals. After my experience removing some small areas by peeling by hand, I wouldn't even try to do this for a large area without some sort of mechanical help. Or, probably best to just pay to have a shop like the one that did yours do it.
  24. I too have had good luck with Composiclean Products. I primarily use their bucket wash and spray wax with good results. It is pH neutral, which is (typically) a must for composite aircraft.
  25. I use Composiclean products @ composiclean.com. They make a wash product, a spray cleaner product which is mainly what I use, and a product called Haze Glaze. I also use oil eater on the belly about once a year followed with the spray cleaner. Dish soap will strip off any wax that may be on the surface. I have never used dish soap on any car or plane I have ever owned.
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  27. What's the best Washing Solution to wash the plane with that will remove the bugs and wash the plane? Dish Soap, 409?
  28. DJ Todd B

    Brakes

    Does anyone have the same problem that I have with the Brakes? One grabs sooner than the other, so much so that it doesn't feel like the other brake is grabbing while the other one Locks Up. I have changed both Pads and rotors and still have the same problem.
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