Problems with Helitape on On-One carbon frames (Northwind was it you?)

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  • Premier Icon wwaswas
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    I think the issue is that if you remove the helitape the laquer comes off with it leaving a poor finish.

    If you put it on and leave it there it’s ok.

    mangatank
    Member

    Unless there’s a chemical reaction issue, you should be able to safely remove it using a hair dryer to heat the glue first.

    pickle
    Member

    I’ve had Helitape on my C456 for over a year now and it’s not damaged the frame finish at all. I have no experience with damage on removal though as i’ve not touched it since fitting.

    MS
    Member

    I have a couple of bits where the laquer has come off on removal of helitape. I didn’t heat up prior to removal so that may work.

    headtube has generally been ok when removing, the bits on mine that is worst is the chainstays.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Yup, it was me… The response I got was that the carbon frames are incompatible with helicopter tape, the finish lacks resistance to the adhesive and that it’ll damage it. (hairdryer makes no difference incidentally)

    I think in practice, it’s only an issue when you remove it- the adhesive seems to weaken the finish, then it comes off. It’s not structural- skin deep only- so like wwaswas says if you leave the tape on, it’ll probably be fine.

    (have to say, I don’t necessarily believe anything they say, they’re a bit short on credibility with me after their blatant fibs regarding this… But like the murphys…)

    Premier Icon composite
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    So I’m 95% through building up my Lurcher and was going to start taping it up soon but I had some recollection of someone having problems with helitape screwing the finish of the On-One carbon frames. 😐

    Thought it might have been Northwind that had problems?

    Or am I misremembering something else and getting my wires crossed?

    Premier Icon composite
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    OK thanks all.

    mangatank
    Member

    (hairdryer makes no difference incidentally

    Wow really? That’s pretty amazing.

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    Well, for clarity, it makes the tape come off much easier, so it does make a difference- it just still takes the finish off too. So no difference in the result, is what I should have said.

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