UHMW Tape

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  1. Jul 21, 2019 #1

    TXFlyGuy

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    My painter suggested using this UHMW tape on my gear doors, and flaps, to prevent "scuffing" the paint in this area.

    Has anyone here used this? Is there a particular brand that is better?

    Thanks!
     
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    I've used this stuff https://www.woodcraft.com/products/slick-strips-3-4-width-1-32-thick .Where they're getting it from I don't know. But this page lists some good possibilities
     
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    Try Mcmaster Carr. Expensive for common stuff but if they don't have it, it may not be made.
     
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    The clear film they use on the front of cars is much better. UHMW tape yellows and delaminates over time and is a bear to remove.
     
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    Thanks, found tape at PM Research. That might be just what we need.
     
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    I've used it for drawer slides. Very effective for that. Think I picked mine up at Rockler. Flaps and gear doors sound like a great application for it.
     
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    But is that for friction reduction or just for surface protection?
     
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    Found 3M PPF (Paint Protection Film). Looks like good stuff, protecting against all kinds of road hazards, such as gravel and rocks / sand. At least one RV owner has it on his plane with great results.
     
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    UHMW tape is what Van's used to supply to protect the tops of the flaps from scraping on the top wing skins. Using stainless steel tape these days.
     
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    When I flew sailplanes in prehistoric cro-magnon times a company back east (Ridge Soaring / Knauff & Grove in PA) sold self-adhesive Teflon tape. It would make a very good "rub strip" for cowling and baffle strips, RV upper flap skins, etc. Today I would be looking for it at www.wingsandwheels.com which is here in CA. They have all the cool s**t for sealing gaps, control surface fairings, turbulators, etc.

    https://wingsandwheels.com/ptfe-teflon-tape.html
     
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    Both. I have it on the contact surfaces where the flaps rub on the RV’s wing skins. Before that I had UHMW. The 3M film looks better (even after years of use) and seems to hold up as well or better.
     

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