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Subject: Microcrystalline wax

Microcrystalline wax

From: Mark Vine <100436.3447>
Date: Saturday, May 5, 2001
This message is placed on behalf of a group of specialist aircraft
restorers without access to the list.

The group are close to completing restoration of a unique aircraft
which will be going on display in due course, they have been advised
to apply a protective coating of microcrystalline wax to the overall
structure and specifically to any protrusions from the aircraft
engines just below the wingspan.

The group are familiar with the various forms of microcrystalline
wax including commercial products such as Renaissance Wax and with
the usual application techniques of such waxes.

The problem arises from the requirement to apply the wax into
confined spaces. Around the engines are several fin-like
structures,in most cases these fins whilst several inches in length
are less than a 1/4 of an inch (6 mm) apart, too narrow to allow
conventional treatment using the likes of a soft lint-free cloth.

Has anyone had practical experience of applying protective waxes to
confined areas, are there any devices one can put together to make
application possible. Might a reduction in viscosity aid application
or would increased viscosity actual impede the process by increasing
solvent evaporation times and reducing the protecting capabilities
of such a product.

Mark G. Vine
Conservation Resources
+44 1865 747755
Fax: +44 1865 747035

                  Conservation DistList Instance 14:60
                   Distributed: Tuesday, May 8, 2001
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Received on Saturday, 5 May, 2001

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