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06/12/2018 at 10:52 pm #82052John OianParticipant
Some time back, the state of California in its infinite wisdom banned MEK (Methyl ethyl ketone). This is one of the best solvents to thin contact cement when used to attach plastic covering. Some contact cements will thin with other solvents, but MEK is the best. I recently went to aircraftspruce.com (based in CA) to order some dope and found that they list MEK so I put it in my shopping cart and it went through (I live in CA). It’s listed on the label “for aerospace use only” that works for me! If you don’t know they also have dope (butyrate, tautening and non- tautening nitrate along with thinners). Now if they would carry Fuller Plast… another one of the things that is banned in CA to save the planet.
John06/16/2018 at 1:44 pm #82076Norm FurutaniParticipant
Went through this same scene last year. Looking for thinner for DAP Contact cement. Son, Brian asked around and found a local source in the form of Famowood Putty Thinner. Works well and was at a local woodworking store. The hardware stores claim to carry a universal solvent that replaces MEK but it doesn’t work. Was wondering about the MEK listing at Aircraft Spruce was the real stuff. Thanks for posting!
Norm, in SoCal06/17/2018 at 8:31 pm #82090John OianParticipant
The ingredient list has only one item, Methyl Ethyl Ketone. I also saw the “Replacement solvent” at a local hardware store, but the price was outrageous so I ordered from Aircraft spruce and the package with the MEK, nitrate dope and thinner arrived within a couple of days. I understand that MEK is a very useful and necessary for cleaning aircraft parts, thus the label listed use, this is possibly why it’s still available for limited aircraft use and not as a common paint remover as it was sold for in hardware stores for general public use.
John06/18/2018 at 1:44 pm #82092Mike SchwartzParticipant
We can get MEK, here in Idaho. Fullerplast is sold and distributed by Gemmi Coatings in EL Reno, Ok. They do not sell direct, you have to get it from one of their dealers. Gemmi Coatings has a warehouse in Reno, Nv. Mike Thompson lives in Carson City Nv. I had Mike Thompson contact their warehouse and they gave him the name of a local dealer in Reno and he picked up a gallon for us.
Mike06/30/2018 at 12:33 am #82145Glenn SchneiderParticipant
MEK is most useful for removing tissue. It does not attack cyano glues but does dissolve nitrocellulose like ambroid or sigment. Nice to know that I can get more if needed. Thermals, Glenn06/30/2018 at 12:38 am #82146Glenn SchneiderParticipant
BTW there is a web site advertising Fuller Plast http://www.van-dee.com. No mention of location or price. Thermals, Glenn06/30/2018 at 4:08 pm #82150Mike SchwartzParticipant
Van-Dee is located in Florida.07/03/2018 at 2:10 pm #82161Dean McGinnesParticipant
Question: I have heard of Fuller Plast as a fuel proofer for years, but have never had access to some to try, or known anyone who used it. What is the advantage over epoxy such as Klass-Kote or West Systems?
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