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  • Product Help - Rub Strip Tape

    Background:

      The Rub Strip Tape provided is an exterior grade polyurethane tape that provides surface protection for metals, plastics or composites. The transparent tape is abrasion and UV resistant and conformable for curves and irregular surfaces. The acrylic adhesive provides a high strength bond. The paper release backing makes the tape easier to use during installation. The tape can be painted with a high quality enamel, lacquer or polyurethane paint after allowing a minimum cure time of 24 hours. For best results, the tape should only be applied at temperatures above 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Cutting of the tape will be easier when you use a new sharp cutting tool, blade or scissors.

    Installation Note:
      Rub strip tape can be applied to the forward, aft and lower edges of landing gear doors, cowl doors, or engine access doors. The tape may also be used on fixed panels and flanges.

    Steps:
    1. Application surfaces must be thoroughly cleaned prior to installation. Closely examine and clean all mating surfaces. Be sure to remove all of the existing rub strip material and adhesive before application.
    2. Thoroughly clean all application surfaces with a good solvent. Wipe the surface dry with a lint free cloth. If bare metal has been exposed during the cleaning, the application surfaces should be primed or painted prior to application. For best results do not apply tape to bare metal surfaces.
    3. Make sure that a clean flat work surface is available for the installation process. Temporarily lay a strip of tape with the liner attached on to the surface where it will be installed. Cut the tape to the length needed for the installation. Use a sharp cutting tool, blade or scissors to cut the tape.
    4. When installing the tape on landing gear door, cowl door or engine access door surfaces, strips should be aligned at least 1/16 inch from outer edges of the door. When installing material on the fixed panels and flanges, the strips should be placed so that they do not interfere with the tightening of fasteners or the closing of the door.
    5. Once the tape has been measured and cut to length, remove the paper liner and lightly lay the strip in place. You may prefer to keep the backing on and remove it as you do the installation. Experiment with a sample of the tape and use the technique that works best for you. Apply pressure on the strip for proper adhesion. DO NOT STRETCH the tape as it is applied. On the fixed panels and flanges, use your finger to press the material down into each indented area of the flange.
    WARNING:
      This tape IS NOT for use on rotating leading edges such as aircraft propeller blades or helicopter rotor blades. Use in such a manner is done at the sole risk and total liability of the user. Before using, user shall determine the suitability of the product for its intended use, and user assumes all risk and liability whatsoever in connection therewith. Seller shall not be liable arising out of the use of or the inability to use the product.

    Performance Aero, Inc. provides these suggested installation steps without any assumption of liability on our part. Appropriately trained and certified personnel are required for the installation of all aircraft parts. If you choose to complete the installation yourself using these steps, you are solely responsible for the results.

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