What is Ceconite?
Ceconite is the name of a family of aircraft fabric covering products, all based upon a very special polyester fabric that has become a major industry standard.
What's So Special About Ceconite?
In a nutshell...
It's stronger than Grade A cotton or linen
It's far more durable than either
It weathers better and longer than either
It's easier to use and repair
Shrinking is predictable and repeatable.
What's That About Shrinking?
Unlike cotton or linen which were shrunk (tautened) by dope, Ceconite is precisely shrunk by heat, using a calibrated clothing iron. This lets you control the shrinking, giving you unmatched command of the covering process, producing predictably superior results every time. Because calibrated temperatures are important to the shrinking process, however, you shouldn't use a heat gun, which gives you no control.
Is Ceconite Legal for My Airplane?
Unless it's a real oddball, the answer is YES. Ceconite is FAA approved for use on everything from a Mooney Mite to a DC-3, plus every experimental you can name. The Ceconite manual includes a complete list.
What Cements Can I use with Ceconite?
Ceconite New Super Seam is the only PMA'd cement used on the Ceconite STC. Do NOT try to use straight nitrate or butyrate dope to attach your Ceconite fabric. Very bad idea.
What Coatings Can I Use?
Randolph Aircraft Products Non-Tautening nitrate and butyrate dopes are the only aircraft-grade PMA'd dopes used on the Ceconite STC. You can use Randolph Ranthane as a topcoat if you want a flexible, high-gloss polyurethane finish.
Are there other fabric covering systems that use Ceconite?
Several other fine covering systems use Ceconite fabric. These systems are not included on the Ceconite STC; each has their own STC, installation manual and product line. All are very different from the Ceconite/Randolph system. It is important to remember that each system uses their own cement, coatings and paint; so if you mix products from different fabric covering STC's you will invalidate the aircraft's airworthiness. To be safe, pick a system and stick with it from start to finish, never mix products from different systems.
Air Tech Coatings: www.airtechcoatings.com
Stewart Systems: www.stewartsystems.aero