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Right Fuel Tank - 2/11/2007
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Getting ready to proseal the ribs inGetting ready to proseal the ribs in
One of the things I dislike most about prosealing and riveting ribs is the cleanup afterwards. If some of the proseal gets anywhere on the tank where you don't want it, it takes some major rubbing with laquer thinner to get it off. I can see why proseal is used to prevent leaks, this %^&* stuff really sticks to whatever you put it on! (including yourself). Here I'm putting full sheets of the typing paper between the ribs and taping them down with removable painters tape. Only about 1/4 inch of the tape is actually sticking to the tank, the rest is stuck to the paper. The word "removable" is not necessarily an accurate description of this tape. When the rib gets riveted in, the paper and tape are removed immediately and pitched in the trash. No muss, no fuss and the rest of the tank is spotless.
Taped and papered the ribs tooTaped and papered the ribs too
OK, I know some of the builders out there are thinking "Overkill!". Here's where I quote Ret Butler. The time I save in cleanup is probably equal to the time I spend putting the tape and paper in.
The proof is in the pudding (or the proseal)The proof is in the pudding (or the proseal)
It's a clean machine! I only put in one rib in this session, mainly to test my tilting tank jig. The tank jig really made a huge difference when putting in this rib. It gave me easier access to the rib without all the weird body contortions I had to use on the other tank. The heavy 2x12 base also kept the tank from scooting around on the table. I like it!
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