It's a Complete System!
When you cover your airplane with Poly-Fiber, you get everything
The Best Manual in the Business!
135 pages of step-by-step instruction, helpful photos, great nostalgic cartoons, extra words of wisdom, and a delightful sense of humor. The entire catalog of products is included in the manual.
Aggressive Factory and Hangar 10 Support!
Poly-Fiber has an 800 number for Technical Support
800-362-3490 or call Hangar 10 at 218-310-2333.
An Instructional Video.
The EAA Sportair two-hour comprehensive video presents every aspect of the Poly-Fiber fabric covering process in detail and in easy-to-understand language. From preparing the airplane for covering to spraying on the colors, you are guided step-by-step
through the entire process by a professional EAA Sportair fabric instructor.
"Why should I use Poly-Fiber?"
Poly-Fiber is the only all vinyl system on the market today. As it dries, it bonds extremely well to today's polyester fabrics and remains flexible.
Poly-Fiber does not support combustion!
Poly-Fiber is one of the lightest systems available.
Poly-Fiber is the most repairable of all systems available today, and the repairs are as strong as the original.
Poly-Fiber can be rejuvenated after years of weathering.
The Stits/Poly-Fiber system has over 30 years of successes. Many of the 30-year-old original jobs are still going strong.
Poly-Fiber is not particularly sensitive to heat, cold, or humidity during application or throughout its service life.
Poly-Fiber offers choices in fabric weights and types of top coat paints, over
50 top coat colors in Poly-Tone &
Poly-Fiber has options for every aircraft from a simple ultralight to a sophisticated warbird.
"What will it cost to cover my airplane?
Cub-size airplanes usually run about $2500 to $3000.
A Stearman will run about $3500.
An ultralight may cost as little as $500 to $1000.
Is Poly-Fiber more expensive than other systems?"
No, they all cost about the same! Although dope costs less per can than Poly-Fiber, you use twice as much dope as Poly-Fiber.
"How many steps are there?"
There are six basic steps:
1. Glue on the fabric with Poly-Tak fabric cement and tighten fabric with a calibrated iron.
2. Brush on a coat of Poly-Brush fabric sealer.
3. Riblace then apply gussets and finishing tapes with Poly-Brush.
4. Spray on two more coats of Poly-Brush.
5. Spray on three cross coat of silver Poly-Spray to block ultraviolet radiation.
6. Spray on two coats of top coat paint, either Poly-Tone or Aero-Thane.
"That's eight coats. How much does that weigh?"
Surprisingly little. A Cub will only gain about 40-45 pounds, not the
"Can I use automotive paint over a Poly-Fiber base?"
If the airplane you are restoring is a certified aircraft, you cannot use automotive paint. The Poly-Fiber STC (Supplemental Type Certificate) SA1008WE allows you to replace the original covering that was on your aircraft when it rolled off the assembly
line, probably Grade A cotton and cellulose dope, with Poly-Fiber system. It does not license you to get creative and depart from the Poly-Fiber process in any way.
On experimental aircraft, we strongly discourage this idea! Over the years, automotive paints, even the ones with flex agents, crack when used over
fabric. We sell two paint systems: Poly-Tone, a repairable semi-gloss paint that can be buffed to a nice satin sheen, and Aero-Thane, a high-gloss wet-look polyurethane. Both are specially formulated to flex with the fabric and resist cracking for
years. Automotive paint will look great when first applied, but after a few years it starts flaking
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