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How long should you boil a wing(or any composite material)to decrease brittleness?

Old 01-27-2014, 10:45 AM
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Losi 8ight 3.0 wing's are very fragile so I was told you could boil them to make them less brittle. First, does this work and why? And second, how long should the it be boiled for? Thanks in advance,

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I saw this somewhere and it worked for me for the front arms of my car... bring water to a boil. Take the pan off the heat. Drop the part in. Take it out after 15 minutes. Don't get burned. I'll assume this is an 1/8 scale wing. I don't know how a 1/10 lexan wing would fair.
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I have done this many times before.
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if it is a nylon or a nylon with carbon reinforcing it will work. They moisture is absorbed into the material, making it more flexible. This process happens out in the open air, it just take months to get the the same point as boiling. when i boil, i always bring to boil, drop in parts, take off heat, and wait for it to return to room temp. for less or more flexibility, keep in water for longer, or shorter times. if you want to make it super flex, keep the water at a low simmer.
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if it a "shiny" plastic, (like most things that are made of plastic are made of...im not sure it it would work.
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Pretty much 99.99% of R/C related plastic is Nylon or some formulation thereof.
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You can also temper the plastic, put the part in the pan with cold water, then bring it to a boil, let boil for 10-15 min then take the pan off the stove and let the part cool off in the water. Depending on the plastic, tempering will make it harder or softer. ABS plastic will become harder and nylon and crp type parts will become softer.
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I did mine last week and left it in for 5-10 min. Saturday was the first race day I've finished without breaking one.
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I prefer bhilly82s way, put plastic in pot with cold water, bring to a simmer (not boil) for 10 to 15 min. Turn off heat and let plastic parts cool in the water. Once cooled take them out. This tempers the plastic instead of a flash heat.

Same goes for dyeing white plastic, only you might lesson or increase simmer time to achieve right color.
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