Re: Plastic coating for Actua parts

From: Mike Naylon (
Date: Thu Aug 20 1998 - 06:44:53 EEST

Hello fellow RPers,
                            Very interesting exchange about coating Actua parts.
I've just tried talcum powder and it works just fine. If you use the right brand
it even makes 'em smell good too !!
                Mike Naylon

Monica & Glenn Whiteside wrote:

> Bengt, you wrote:
> Hello list
> A while ago, it was suggested that coating actua parts with a certain
> plastic spray would make them more durable. I havenīt been able to find
> out more about it. Could anyone please describe the product so I can
> check whether it is available in my neck of the woods. Product name,
> manufacturer, type of material etc would me much appreciated.
> Also, a good (but still not perfect) way of transporting actua parts is
> by using sawdust or -chip in combination with larger pieces of foam,
> chips etc. Fill the box tight with it, making sure the parts are
> surrounded by fine sawdust/woodchip.
> /Bengt I
> Electrolux RD
> Huskvarna Sweden
> Dear Bengt:
> I've heard of using "Plasti Dip" a "heavy duty flexible rubber coating," to
> quote the can, on Actua parts, it is available in a spray can or in liquid
> form in a can for brush-on or dipping. This is the same stuff used for
> dipping tool handles into for an insulating coating. It is available in a
> few basic colors such as red, white, and green in addition to the clear
> coating. It is available in most hardware store here in the US. It runs
> about $6 -$9 US dollars per 11 oz. (312 g) spray can. I'm not sure where
> you can get it in Europe but I'm sure if you call them they can help.
> The Plasti-Dip spray has toluene, naphtha, hexane, methyl ethyl ketone
> (MEK), and aliphatic hydrocarbons so you might want to be careful how much
> you use from the spray can or you might end up melting your Actua parts with
> these solvents - the brush-on or dip application might be the safer way to
> go if there is any concern for accuracy.
> It is manufactured by:
> PDI, Inc.
> P.O. Box 130
> Circle Pines, MN 55014
> Phone: (612) 785-2156
> or you can buy it online from the d-mail catalog at:
> Good Luck!!
> Glenn Whiteside
> Cessna Aircraft Company
> e-mail:
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