Protection of Champ if parked outside in sun

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Protection of Champ if parked outside in sun

Post by RRHaldeman » Fri Feb 05, 2010 19:55

I'm planning to bring my Champ down to Florida next winter. No hangars within financial reach are available so I will be forced to tie it down outside. My main concern is to protect the fabric from the sun. I'm thinking about a total cover of the entire fuselage, wings and tail feathers.
Will it work? (i.e., will a cover really protect from the sun?)
What are the drawbacks? (i.e., do I have to worry about trapping moisture that may do more damage than the sun?).

If anyone has experience and advice, I' d be happy to learn

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Re: Protection of Champ if parked outside in sun

Post by joea » Fri Feb 05, 2010 22:20

Would try to find a shade-port for it at the minimum.

If the last time it was restored the painter put enough dope on the fabric it should be ok. Remove some covers on the wing and take the plane outside on a sunny day. Look up at the upper fabric and if you cannot see anything thats good. If you can see ANY pinholes of light then thats not a good thing and it would be even more important to find some shade.

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Re: Protection of Champ if parked outside in sun

Post by RRHaldeman » Sat Feb 06, 2010 14:25

It would be nice to find a shadeport, but impossible at Page Field. If the complete cover idea is no good, I may have to base the plane about 1 1/2 hours away, which means 3 hours by car just to have some fun.
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Re: Protection of Champ if parked outside in sun

Post by gusc » Sun Feb 14, 2010 19:37

Having spent quite a bit of time in the tropics I would not want covers against the fabric because of mildew.

Depending on the type of cover it is possible for trapped moisture between the cover and fabric to turn to steam and bubble the fabric finish.

If shade is absolutely impossible you are probably better off with nothing. I kept my Champ in PR with no cover and it suffered no ill effects for the two years it was there.

It is also very important to fly it often to ventilate the interior of the airframe under the fabric.
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Re: Protection of Champ if parked outside in sun

Post by Nathan K. Hammond » Sun Feb 14, 2010 23:00

Covers can become a nightmare; you have to baby-sit them continuously.
Anytime the wind picks up more than 15-20mph, you'll want to remove the covers, or risk them beating the finish to death.
Over time, you'll have signs of wear and the finish will start to dull.
Get a big wind that lifts sand under the covers, and you can imagine the outcome.
If they get loose, they can flap so hard it punchs holes in the fabric.
Like gus said; after lots of rain, you should pull them off so everything is sure to dry out.

Now after all that, I'd still get them until a hangar option opened up.

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