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Cockpit cover

Postby Fandango8691 » Wed Sep 22, 2021 11:38 pm

Loosing my hangar in central Texas, gonna park the 52 B outside for a while in transition to new place. Looking for used cover to protect it. Bobby 254.592.4991
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Re: Cockpit cover

Postby hilltop170 » Thu Sep 23, 2021 4:12 am

I would recommend NOT covering the windshield on the outside. Leave the windshield exposed and put sun shields inside the cabin. Side window covers are usually ok but inside sun shields are better for them as well. The problem I have seen in covering the windshield is dirt, sand, and/or grit gets under the cover and wind whipping the cover with scour the windshield and possibly ruin it.
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Re: Cockpit cover

Postby GAHorn » Thu Sep 23, 2021 7:14 am

I have heard this warning from several knowledgeable folks about windshield covers damaging windshields from dust/grit being trapped beneath the cover. My experience is different.
I live in central Texas and the road up to my house is a dirt road that puts lots of dust on everything. The airplane always ended up with a coating of dust on it after a few days. I parked my 206 in the front yard for five years before I built my hangar and kept a “Bruces Custom Cover” on it and never experienced any damage whatsoever from this common warning. Perhaps other brands of covers are damaging under such circumstances but my “Bruces Custom Cover” did not.
Bobby, the cover for my 170 was a gift by a now-deceased friend and for that nostalgic reason am reluctant to sell it despite the fact I never use it since I’ve built a hangar. Where are you located..?? and how long do you anticipate needing it..?? as I’ll be happy to loan it to you.
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Re: Cockpit cover

Postby ghostflyer » Fri Sep 24, 2021 12:53 pm

The interior sun shields cook the plastic twice. When the suns rays go through the plastic and then again when they are reflected out. It causes crazing and yellowing . I have a windscreen Protector that sits on the outside of the windscreen and it’s coated on the underside with a light felt. Please read the last 170 news ,the second quarter 2021.
No problems what so ever.
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