Matronics Email Lists Forum Index Matronics Email Lists
Web Forum Interface to the Matronics Email Lists
 
 Get Email Distribution Too!Get Email Distribution Too!    FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

Door and Windscreen Glass

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Matronics Email Lists Forum Index -> Europa-List
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
Kelvin Weston



Joined: 14 Apr 2010
Posts: 73
Location: Hampshire, UK

PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:12 am    Post subject: Door and Windscreen Glass Reply with quote

Hi All

Just glued the Door glass, went easier than expected.

I have seen on this forum that some have put a thin layer of weave over the glued joint on the outside to prevent paint cracking.

How many have done this?
How many have seen this cracking in the paintwork after long service?

Over the years I have looked at many Europas but I have never noticed this cracking in the paintwork.

I intend to fill over the joint but does anyone recommend the extra protection of a thin strip of fibreglass?


- The Matronics Europa-List Email Forum -
 

Use the List Feature Navigator to browse the many List utilities available such as the Email Subscriptions page, Archive Search & Download, 7-Day Browse, Chat, FAQ, Photoshare, and much more:

http://www.matronics.com/Navigator?Europa-List

_________________
Regards

Kelv Weston
Kit 497
kelv@kdweston.biz
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
davidjoyce(at)doctors.org
Guest





PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:28 am    Post subject: Door and Windscreen Glass Reply with quote

Kelv, Not worth it IMHO. Mine has remained uncracked for 20 years. David Joyce GXSDJ


On 2020-11-17 10:12, Kelvin Weston wrote:
Quote:
--> Europa-List message posted by: "Kelvin Weston" <kelv(at)kdweston.biz (kelv(at)kdweston.biz)>Hi AllJust glued the Door glass, went easier than expected.I have seen on this forum that some have put a thin layer of weave over the glued joint on the outside to prevent paint cracking.How many have done this?How many have seen this cracking in the paintwork after long service?Over the years I have looked at many Europas but I have never noticed this cracking in the paintwork.I intend to fill over the joint but does anyone recommend the extra protection of a thin strip of fibreglass?--------RegardsKelv WestonKit 497kelv(at)kdweston.biz (kelv(at)kdweston.biz)Read this topic online here:http://forums.matronics.com/viewtopicEuropa-List" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">http://www.matrobsp;--> p;--> http://========================


- The Matronics Europa-List Email Forum -
 

Use the List Feature Navigator to browse the many List utilities available such as the Email Subscriptions page, Archive Search & Download, 7-Day Browse, Chat, FAQ, Photoshare, and much more:

http://www.matronics.com/Navigator?Europa-List
Back to top
Duncan McFadyean



Joined: 18 Jan 2011
Posts: 133

PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:41 am    Post subject: Door and Windscreen Glass Reply with quote

The clear coat that I have (which is the same stuff as the recommended white paint but without pigmentation) has cracked in a few places over the 'glass' and in a couple of other high-flex areas over composite.
Was advised at the time not to plasticise the clear coat, but wish I had. The 'cracks' over the glass are of no consequence and don't bother me.

Duncan McF.

Quote:
On 17 November 2020 at 10:12 Kelvin Weston <kelv(at)kdweston.biz> wrote:




Hi All

Just glued the Door glass, went easier than expected.

I have seen on this forum that some have put a thin layer of weave over the glued joint on the outside to prevent paint cracking.

How many have done this?
How many have seen this cracking in the paintwork after long service?

Over the years I have looked at many Europas but I have never noticed this cracking in the paintwork.

I intend to fill over the joint but does anyone recommend the extra protection of a thin strip of fibreglass?

--------
Regards

Kelv Weston
Kit 497
kelv(at)kdweston.biz




Read this topic online here:

http://forums.matronics.com/viewtopic.php?p=499402#499402











- The Matronics Europa-List Email Forum -
 

Use the List Feature Navigator to browse the many List utilities available such as the Email Subscriptions page, Archive Search & Download, 7-Day Browse, Chat, FAQ, Photoshare, and much more:

http://www.matronics.com/Navigator?Europa-List
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
budyerly@msn.com



Joined: 05 Oct 2019
Posts: 51
Location: Florida USA

PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 12:23 pm    Post subject: Re: Door and Windscreen Glass Reply with quote

Kelvin,
It is nice to hear that you installed your glass trouble free. Trim, fit, practice the install and properly block it to get an even bond and it lays fairly nice. A slight gap that is filled with Redux between the glass and skin rarely will leave a crack, but there will be a hump or a lot of blending for a truly fine show finish. If you leave a trough or sharp ridge, the filler may crack due to material expansion/change.

The slight miss match in height is due to the newer slightly thicker glass we have now. I normally use expand cell and patience. The windscreen and doors rarely crack around the joint rim when filled up on to the glass then covered with good 2 part urethane. If the glass has no filler sometimes there is a bit of a transition hump or ridge.

For only those who want a very smooth job and or have used the optional 1/4 inch windscreen: The use of 2 oz glass over the initial fill will allow a smoother finish and less of a chance of cracking of the extra filler. This same technique can be used to HELP prevent cracking at the spar and wing fillet walkway (or butt seat area) of the trigear. In the area of the leading edge between the root rib and first rib forward of the spar of the XS flexes under "butt" pressure on trigear ingress gymnastics. Glass over the filler can help. I've used carbon fiber layers and standard Rutan 7725 Bid to try to prevent this but the area near the spar will flex and a filler crack can happen. Document it to appease inspectors.

Why worry about the cracks: In selling a used aircraft, the new owner and more importantly the new inspector/repairman, will question the crack and then want to grind out, inspect and fix any cracks, thereby decreasing your resale value.

Best Regards,
Bud Yerly


- The Matronics Europa-List Email Forum -
 

Use the List Feature Navigator to browse the many List utilities available such as the Email Subscriptions page, Archive Search & Download, 7-Day Browse, Chat, FAQ, Photoshare, and much more:

http://www.matronics.com/Navigator?Europa-List
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Kelvin Weston



Joined: 14 Apr 2010
Posts: 73
Location: Hampshire, UK

PostPosted: Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Door and Windscreen Glass Reply with quote

Thanks all for the good advice and experiences.

I trimmed for a nice gap all around and had several dry-runs before applying the glue. Also hot glued some spacers onto the door to aid accurate location of the glass. Worked out ok.

Bud
I removed all the gel-coat from the door flange and also rounded the outside edge of the glass. I used a rounded lolly stick to remove the excess redux and formed a nice fillet between the outside edge of the door and the glass.
The height difference between the door and glass is quite small, about 0.5mm.
Looking at it with a straight edge across the from the door to glass, I am hoping the filler when applied across the join and sanded will just transition up onto the rounded edge of the glass.
Fingers crossed.


- The Matronics Europa-List Email Forum -
 

Use the List Feature Navigator to browse the many List utilities available such as the Email Subscriptions page, Archive Search & Download, 7-Day Browse, Chat, FAQ, Photoshare, and much more:

http://www.matronics.com/Navigator?Europa-List

_________________
Regards

Kelv Weston
Kit 497
kelv@kdweston.biz
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
budyerly@msn.com



Joined: 05 Oct 2019
Posts: 51
Location: Florida USA

PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 3:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Door and Windscreen Glass Reply with quote

Way to go.
As far as cosmetics of the slight difference in height, the choice is yours.

Use good filler and feather it out is all you can do. Adding glass is just more work for little payback except it really looks smooth.

Thin Bid Glass is only really needed for cracking if the filler is thick, say 1/8 inch or the skin is flexing such as that pesky lower rudder hinge, the inner aileron hinge sometimes and the walkway area just forward of the spar. Inspectors go batty when seeing cracks around hinges that are glued in and painted or spars. Can't blame them as it bothers me also.

I know I should have put some glass over the rivets of my classic wing and my cowl as I can see the rivets with changing temperatures. The aileron hinge in cold weather when pegged at the stop on a roll will crack my paint so I know the skin is flexing. Abuse is never good.

Bud


- The Matronics Europa-List Email Forum -
 

Use the List Feature Navigator to browse the many List utilities available such as the Email Subscriptions page, Archive Search & Download, 7-Day Browse, Chat, FAQ, Photoshare, and much more:

http://www.matronics.com/Navigator?Europa-List
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    Matronics Email Lists Forum Index -> Europa-List All times are GMT - 8 Hours
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum
You cannot attach files in this forum
You can download files in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group