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    I just learned that Solartex production ceased in February. I have searched online and can’t find it anywhere.

    I need to make some Natural Solartex fabric covering repairs on my Minimoa and my Kranich. I dont need a large amount, maybe a piece off a roll, 1 foot long, but am willing to purchase an entire roll or a partial roll, whatever you may have.

    As an alternative, I might have to visit a fabric shop and use the old silk and dope method.

    Any help would be appreciated.

  • #2
    Hi Al,
    Send me your address,
    Len Buffinton
    Team Horizon Hobby


    • #3
      Hi Len,
      I’ll send you a PM.


      • #4
        BalsaUSA is out of stock?


        • #5
          Yes. I can’t find it anywhere on the planet.


          • #6
            With the demise of Solartex, I have been looking for an alternative solution for the repair of the Minimoa rudder covering. I think I might have found the answer. See the attached video.

            The man is using silk in the video, but he says nylon can be used as well. I plan to use the dacron sheer material I bought at JoAnn Fabrics, because it is so close to the color of Solartex’s Natural color.

            If I were to use silk, I would dye it first, using tea. That would be an experiment in itself, getting the concentration and immersion time dialed in to get the color to match.

            I did a test panel on an old open structure I had laying around, using the JoAnn dacron fabric with nitrate dope. After adhering it to the structure’s perimeter, I was pleasantly surprised to be able to get it to shrink with my covering iron.

            So if you take the time to view the video(s), all 5 parts, you will see how the gentleman makes his own version of Solartex, using Varathane water-based varnish. The only limiting factor is the size of the pane of glass. I purchased a 16 x 20 inch pane of plain old window glass at Home Depot for less than 6 bucks, and a two-quart pack of Varathane outdoor water-based urethane varnish. Since the piece of covering I need is 14 inches square for the Minimoa rudder, this will be a good test of the process.

            If the rudder repair goes well, I am thinking about obtaining a 36 x 80 inch patio door wall, so I can make larger panels of the material. My Kranich aileron repair will require a piece 6 x 48 inches.

            Then there are the 1/4 scale 2-33 and 1/3 scale Grunau Baby and Kaiser Ka1 kits waiting....waiting...and let’s not forget the trailer... So many planes to build and so little time!

            Stay tuned.


            • #7
              Solartex is now available thru the Solarfilm website: The natural color your looking for is in stock in 2M, 5M and 10M rolls



              • #8
                Thanks! That’s great news.