When you cover your airplane with Poly-Fiber, you get
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.
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.
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.
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.
not support combustion!
one of the lightest systems available.
the most repairable of all systems available today, and the repairs
are as strong as the original.
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
not particularly sensitive to heat, cold, or humidity during application or
throughout its service life.
offers choices in fabric weights and types of top coat paints, over 50 top coat colors in Poly-Tone
options for every aircraft from a simple ultralight to a sophisticated
will it cost to cover my airplane?
Cub-size airplanes usually run about $2500
A Stearman will run about $3500.
may cost as little as $500 to $1000.
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.
steps are there?"
There are six basic steps:
on the fabric with Poly-Tak fabric cement and
tighten fabric with a calibrated iron.
on a coat of Poly-Brush fabric sealer.
3. Riblace then apply gussets and finishing tapes with
on two more coats of Poly-Brush.
on three cross coat of silver Poly-Spray to block ultraviolet radiation.
on two coats of top coat paint, either Poly-Tone or Aero-Thane.
eight coats. How much does that weigh?"
Surprisingly little. A Cub will only
gain about 40-45 pounds, not the
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.
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 off.
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