It's been that way for sometime. This post has all the information posted on my old Expercraft site; Roller Painting for Metal AircraftI'd like to read more but the links are broken. I'll see if I can find the data stored on the Internet Archive.
Talk with Randy at Rans about the Hipec system. I was interested in using it to cover my plane after I visited their Hipec booth at Oshkosh last year. After talking with Randy though I changed my mind. The biggest caveat is relying solely on an adhesive to keep your fabric attached to your wing and empennage.Sorry; I should have been more specific. My plane is a RANS, so the paint will be going on cloth and metal. I'll study your linked page.
My first inclination was Oratex, but if you don't like how you glued down a section, you grab a blow torch and burn it off, which seems a bit intimidating for a first covering project. I haven't ruled it out.
A couple guys in the local EAA use water based house paint, and I planned to try that by following Malcolm Morrison's technique on an old rudder frame. I was, though, reviewing my notes file on covering systems the other day and decided to look back at the older Hipec system. I see it has a new owner, and he's taken the time to get an STC. They also now offer an alternate formulation to lower VOC. The adhesive and the initial coat are one part, and the finish coat is two part, apparently urethanes.
Malcolm Morrison, finds that rollering thinned house paint is no heavier than Polyfiber, and he uses about 8 coats.I don’t know if you can roll it though. I bet it would be very heavy.
Yes, you can still lace. However, at the time of the show, one of the big features of the system they were selling at their booth last year was that you don't have to do any rib stitching, etc. In other words, they were claiming their adhesive is strong enough to hold so you can skip the lacing. So one of the things that got my interest was the thought of skipping all the rib stitching. The other thing I really liked was how nice their demo wing looked without said tape and lacing.No reason you can’t lace the wings. I believe they have provisions. A friend was very impressed on the shine from that paint. I don’t know if you can roll it though. I bet it would be very heavy.
I'll have to retract that. I stopped by the Hipec site today and found they claim that even over just a skinny tube you don't need to rib stitch, that the fillet of glue which forms at the top of the tube is enough.I can see a tail, with just a bent tube for a rib, would still need to be stitched, for there simply isn't enough area for the glue.
I'm of the same line of thinking. I see a lot of information/advice given on the internet and I'm always curious as to the part you don't hear about. The term, "win-win" is sometimes used but I've always held to the simple statement; "there ain't no such thing as a free lunch ... someone has to pay." With items that have followed a great design and testing by a reputable person(s) or company, you will get a quality product with few negatives. I feel that Mr. Pete Plumb and his O-100 engine is a good example of such.It all sounds too good. I wonder what's the catch.