Maintenance Item #27 – NEWSLETTER #54
Department of the Interior – by John Wade
This article is
not for the Varga owner who has grown accustomed to
the sun beating down on his or her head while flying. These words are intended for
the cool-headed pilot, that is, for someone who owns a Varga
that has a solid panel top on the canopy.
There IS a simple
procedure to beautify and preserve the vinyls pleated
panel that makes up the headliner of most Varga
aircraft An ideal time to do this, of course, is if you are having your
interior upholstery and carpets replaced due to wear or to complement an exterior change of paint: color Even
if you merely want to freshen the look of your headliners you'll usually find
your old color easy to match.
The procedure for
renewing your headliner is simple, but requires some care. You must remove the
headliner. (I imagine that you could mask off the headliner in place, but I
wouldn't recommend it.) This must be
done carefully because the backing of it is merely cardboard. Slowly pry and
scrape the headliner off; then remove all the old glue Mom the aluminum roof to
which it was glued. Firsts of course, you'll have to remove certain fittings
including the top vents and the outside air temperature gauge. Prepare the
vinyl surface per the instructions on the vinyl prep can. After the correct
period of time, spray on the COLOR COAT evenly following the instructions.
Using one of today's strong glues, replace the headliner and the fittings. When
this procedure was first used a headliner was easily transformed from the old Varga bright orange to a rich gray. The COLOR COAT covers
SFM products are
readily available. Hundreds of dealers are listed on the website. They
manufacture an amazing line of products. Information about the company is available online at http://www.sem.com/. What you will need are
usually two basic products; one can of vinyl prep and one can of COLOR COAT.
Both of these products are aerosols. The vinyl prep cleans soil, wax and grease
from vinyl substrates while it softens and prepares the surface for adhesion of
the topcoat. The COLOR COAT goes on after the vinyl prep and is formulated to
match, restore or change color on most vinyl surfaces flexible and rigid
plastics carpet and velour. COLOR COAT is fade resistant, flexible and is a
permanent coating. You will be surprised at how soft and natural looking your
headliner will be after properly using these two products. COLOR COAT is currently
available in more than 50 colors, including 3 black, 3 clears, and a selection
of OEM automotive, bus and marine colors. For those of you who already have
leather interiors, there is also a leather cleaner/prep aerosol for use with
the COLOR COAT.