Wax & Grease Remover Before I Apply Flite-Metal

Evan Quiros (aka EVO) agreed to conduct a test to determine if PPG DX330 would negatively interact with Flite-Metal's acrylic adhesive. Because DX330 was designed to work interactively with acrylic material it is hoped we will see compatibility without consequence. DX330 is designed to clean surfaces of oily residue prior to painting. I was curious if DX330 could be used as a surface cleaner prior to application of Flite-Metal. 

My question is will DX330 prepped parts covered with Flite-Metal cause the acrylic adhesive to gas off when exposed to high temperature of direct sunlight. Normally, Flite-Metal does not gas off after application. In the application of DX330 you wipe it on and leave it for a moment to permit it to lift grease and dirt as described in the underlined description of the product above. Just before you are ready to cover the part you wipe down the surface with a clean dry cloth to remove DX330 from surface.

I've completed the first part of the test. I covered the ailerons for my Ziroli Jug in Flite-Metal. They were built up, fiber glassed, then primered with PPG K-36 automotive primer. I wiped primed aileron down with DX330, then proceeded to cover with Flite-Metal.

The process was fairly easy. The ailerons are best covered by starting at the center and working towards the leading and trailing edges alternately. I did the aileron in three pieces of Flite-Metal as I was not comfortable doing such a large piece on my first try. Still, I managed to do it without any wrinkles using the fiber burnishing tool only.

More will come after I complete the second phase with the aileron being left out in the sun all day.

Evan Q.

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